Children and medical cannabis: Barriers abound

Jan 10, 2014

The University of California, San Francisco children's hospital will be one of five centers participating in a compassionate use trial for an experimental drug derived from cannabis.
Credit courtesy UCSF

Twenty five children with severe, uncontrolled epilepsy will begin trying an experimental new drug called Epidiolex this month. Epidolex is  a pharmaceutically pure form of cannabidiol -- a chemical derived from cannabis. 

Anecdotal evidence suggests cannabidiol can be successful in treating some children, yet its actions and effects remain poorly understood. Researchers say they are hampered by strict regulations and poor access to medical cannabis.