Marijuana Compound Alters Seizure Medication Levels

06:13 EDT 7 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

The argument against the notion that marijuana and marijuana-derived compounds have medicinal properties is almost immaterial these days. However, due to complicated legal restrictions, it has been difficult to study the pharmacodynamics of cannabis drugs and contraindications with other commonly prescribed therapeutics. In recent years, cannabis compounds have moved from being utilized just to treat chronic pain as evidence for their usefulness in diminishing epileptic seizures has mounted. Now, a team of investigators from the University of Alabama (UAB) has just published findings that suggest an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs. Data from the new study—published recently in Epilepsia through an article entitled “ Interactions between cannabidiol and commonly used antiepileptic drugs ”—may provide much-needed drug interaction information to clinicians when considering treatments for complex conditions.           "With any new potential seizure medication, it ...

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