Medical Marijuana in Neurologic Disease

May 5, 2014

CannabidiolA new review from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Review concerning Medical Marijuana in Neurologic Disease was published this week in the journal Neurology. For this systematic review, researchers looked at studies of marijuana in the treatment of symptoms of MS, epilepsy, and movement disorders reported from 1948 – November 2013. The review is intended to help doctors and patients understand the current evidence of using medical marijuana as a treatment of neurologic diseases.

Conclusion:

Cannabinoids should be studied as other drugs are, to determine their efficacy, and when evidence is available, should be prescribed as other drugs are. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana, and 2 have decriminalized all use. This should encourage researchers to continue seeking answers to the benefits of marijuana use in patients who have neurologic illness."

Where do we stand:

TetrahydrocannabinolMore research is needed on the use of cannabinoids in treatment of Rett syndrome. We would encourage a clinical trial of a doseable form of the cannabinoid such as cannabidiol (CBD) or purified Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These clinical trials must be completed to have shown that cannabinoids are efficacious in the symptomatic treatment of Rett syndrome before Rettsyndrome.org would endorse the use of medical marijuana or the purified active components as an acceptable treatment. Rettsyndrome.org is going to stay close to this research, and will encourage those in the field of clinical research to also be bold in this area. Controversy will not deter our desire to help our children!

Rettsyndrome.org along with the American Autonomic Society, and the American Epilepsy Society support the call for more research concerning Medical Marijuana in Neurologic Disease as published by AAN.

Articles to read:

AAN review publication

Education & Family Conference

There will be a session called "Intractable Epilepsy Panel - exploring all options", where this topic will be discussed.

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