Article by Allie Shah, Star Tribune
Dr. Ilo Leppik has dedicated his career to searching for ways to improve treatment for seizures that afflict those with epilepsy.
“My passion is to find a better treatment for this condition,” the physician and University of Minnesota pharmacy professor said of his patients’ debilitating — and in some cases, life-threatening — uncontrolled seizures.
In his quest, he has come to believe in the healing power of cannabis for epilepsy, playing a key role in getting Minnesota’s medical marijuana law passed in 2014. Several of his patients now regularly take a cannabis pill to manage their symptoms related to epilepsy.
But lately, Leppik has turned his attention to another kind of patient: the furry, four-legged kind.
Dogs have higher rates of epilepsy than humans do, and Leppik believes a cannabis pill could do for canines what it’s done for humans.
He is pushing to amend Minnesota’s medical marijuana law to allow veterinarians to prescribe the treatment for animals.