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ILLINOIS (IRN) – Illinois children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders will be able to use medical marijuana products under a new law in the New Year.
The ingredient, which is touted as being helpful in these cases, is CBD.
CBD is said to have the opposite effect of THC, the chemical in pot which provides recreational users their “high.”
“This specific exception was carved out in the law to allow children to access this non-psychoactive product which has had some success,” says Morgan Fox, spokesman for the Washington-based Marijuana Policy Project.
He notes the original law for adults, which took effect a year ago, does not name epilepsy as a qualifying illness.
Fox says CBD is safer than some prescription drugs parents don’t want to give their children – drugs which parents say put their children in “zombie-like stupors” and drastically slow their development.
Those children who use compounds derived from marijuana have been able to be taken off prescription drugs, Fox says, and improvement is seen across the board.
The bar for children’s prescriptions is set higher compared to the law for adults in that there will have to be certifications from two doctors.
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