UAB launching study of marijuana oil to treat seizures

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama university is launching a pair of studies to determine the effectiveness of a marijuana derivative in treating seizures.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is studying the use of cannabidiol oil in adults at UAB Hospital and a pediatric study of the oil at Children’s of Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley in April signed legislation allowing UAB to study the oil. The Food and Drug Administration approved of the university conducting the study in December. The oil doesn’t get users high and anecdotal evidence suggests it is an effective treatment in reducing seizures.

UAB officials say 50 adults and 50 children will be enrolled in the studies with referral from their primary neurologists.

University officials say they’ll consider expanding the study if more than 100 people qualify to participate.

WHNT News 19 has been following the use of marijuana oil for medical use. Read more about Carly’s Law, which led to this study as well as the stipulations with the law