Thirty children from across Canada are being recruited to take part in a new pilot study at the University of Saskatchewan looking at the safety and tolerability of cannabis treatment for childhood epilepsy.
Health Canada recently approved the study, which will include children between the ages of one to 10 years and involve the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, McGill University and Université de Montréal.
It is scheduled to start in June.
University of Saskatchewan pediatric neurologist Dr. Richard Huntsman says he’s already seen quite a few children whose parents have already placed their children on cannabis oil.
He says he’s hearing the children are brighter, more interactive and sleeping better, but scientists don’t yet know why.
Doctors will slowly introduce cannabis oil to the children with dosage increments each month, while monitoring for potential side effects of the medication.
They will also look at seizure frequency and severity.