Cannabis could be used to treat epilepsy

Cannabis plants are being grown at a secret facility in the south of England in the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy.
Ben Whalley, middle, with Dr Gary Stephens and Dr Claire Williams of Reading University at the secret cannabis farm Photo: GEOFF PUGH

Richard Gray

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent

Researchers at the University of Reading have discovered that three compounds found in cannabis leaves can help to reduce and control seizures in epilepsy.

They are now using extracts from the plants grown in huge industrial-sized greenhouses in the south of England to develop new drugs that could ease the misery of millions of epilepsy sufferers around the world. In the UK alone there are more than 500,000 people who suffer from epilepsy.
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