Objective: In recent years, the use of cannabidiol in the treatment of refractory epilepsy has been increasingly investigated and has been gaining public support as a novel way to treat these disorders. Marijuana has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years, and a lot of research has been conducted over the last several decades into the chemistry and pharmacology of marijuana and its many compounds, including cannabidiol. Methods: Using PubMed, we performed a review of the literature regarding the history of cannabinoid use in treating epilepsy. Results and conclusions: There are historical and recent scientific developments that support the use of cannabidiol in rare severe epilepsy syndromes.
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