Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) OKs cannabis use for epilepsy

Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) OKs cannabis use for epilepsy

Now this decision is ground breaking! It will benefit roughly 250,000 children in the Philippines (as of 2014)

Indeed it’s a small steep, but what is important is that one foot is already inside the door. Virtual victory for the advocates calling for the legalization of cannabis ( scientific name of marijuana) when the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) recently approved “in principle” a resolution to allow the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for alleviating severe forms of epilepsy.

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is the government’s sole policy-making and strategy-formulating body on the prevention and control of drug abuse.

Marijuana (scientific name: Cannabis)
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Cannabis contains as one of the hundreds components found is CBD, a pain reliever, is one of the two most active, the other being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the “high” or its psychoactive effects.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO) 
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential … To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

There has been scientific proof that CBD — which is derived from the hemp plant, a “cousin” of cannabis — alleviates seizures in people with epilepsy.

Cannabis helps a lot in reducing seizure burden

“This new study adds rigorous evidence of cannabidiol’s effectiveness in reducing seizure burden in a severe form of epilepsy and, importantly, is the first study of its kind to offer more information on proper dosing,” said Devinsky, whose findings were published online on May 17, 2018, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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