Summary: Researchers say a new cannabis derived drug, which is expected to receive full approval from the FDA this week, will be a vital intervention for children with Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.Source: UCLA.Child epilepsy specialist Dr. Shaun Hussain says the drug Epidiolex, which is expected to win full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week, will be a vital intervention for children with severe epilepsy.“A lot of these kids aren’t in school, they’re not growing up to be independent, so there’s a tremendous unmet need,” said Hussain, a pediatric neurologist and director of the infantile spasms program at UCLA.Epidiolex is intended for children with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, disorders that can cause tens or hundreds of seizures a day, interfering with normal development. The drug, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, would be the first cannabis-derived medication to win FDA approval.Epidiolex is intended for children with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. NeuroscienceNews.com image is in the public domain.“This is a moment where we are pivoting from the position that marijuana is only harmful to a position that cannabis actually has some real, therapeutic potential,” said Hussain, who is a member of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative.[divider]About this neuroscience research article[/divider]Source: Leigh Hopper – UCLA Publisher: Organized by NeuroscienceNews.com. Image Source: NeuroscienceNews.com image is in the public domain.See alsoartificial intelligencedeep learningFeaturedmachine learningNeuroscienceneurotech·February 5, 2020Novelty speeds up learning thanks to dopamine activation[divider]Cite This NeuroscienceNews.com Article[/divider][cbtabs][cbtab title=”MLA”]UCLA”Cannabis Derived Drug Could Be a Game Changer for Children with Severe Epilepsy.” NeuroscienceNews. NeuroscienceNews, 25 June 2018. <https://neurosciencenews.com/epilepsy-cannabis-kids-9437/>.[/cbtab][cbtab title=”APA”]UCLA(2018, June 25). Cannabis Derived Drug Could Be a Game Changer for Children with Severe Epilepsy. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved June 25, 2018 from https://neurosciencenews.com/epilepsy-cannabis-kids-9437/[/cbtab][cbtab title=”Chicago”]UCLA”Cannabis Derived Drug Could Be a Game Changer for Children with Severe Epilepsy.” https://neurosciencenews.com/epilepsy-cannabis-kids-9437/ (accessed June 25, 2018).[/cbtab][/cbtabs][divider]Feel free to share this Neuroscience News.[/divider]Join our Newsletter I agree to have my personal information transferred to AWeber for Neuroscience Newsletter ( more information )Sign up to receive the latest neuroscience headlines and summaries sent to your email daily from NeuroscienceNews.comWe hate spam and only use your email to contact you about newsletters. We do not sell email addresses. You can cancel your subscription any time.