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Request would extend CBD oil program for 34 ill Idaho kids for another year

Idaho is down to 34 children in its “expanded access” program that’s currently treating children with severe, intractable epilepsy with a commercial version of CBD oil through a drug trial. Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator of the Division of Public Health Services in the state Department of...

Marijuana extract sharply cuts seizures in severe form of epilepsy

An oil derived from the marijuana plant sharply reduces violent seizures in young people suffering from a rare, severe form of epilepsy, according to a study published Wednesday that gives more hope to parents who have been clamoring for access to the medication. Cannabidiol cut the median number of monthly convulsive seizures from 12.4 to 5.9 in 52 children with Dravet syndrome who took the medication over a 14-week test period, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Fifty-six children using a placebo saw the number of seizures drop only from a median of 14.9 to 14.1 per month.

After veto, Idaho moves to allow 25 sick kids access to cannabis-derived drug

Idaho is just weeks away from enrolling up to 25 children with severe epilepsy in a free program to provide them with an experimental, non-psychoactive drug extracted from marijuana, under an executive order from Gov. Butch Otter. But estimates of the number of children eligible for the program are much higher – 1,500 or more. Otter signed the executive order in April after vetoing legislation legalizing CBD oil to treat children with severe seizure orders; Idaho is now alone among its neighboring states in banning all use of marijuana or related products, for any purpose.