Cannabis Seizure Trial For Newborns With Brain Injury at Birth

Cannabis Seizure Trial For Newborns With Brain Injury at Birth

Newborn in Britain is the youngest patient to participate in a cannabis seizure trial. The baby was born prematurely on March 11th. Doctors quickly shuffled him from the delivery room to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after noting unexpected but severe health conditions. The researchers immediately approached the mother to be a part of a university hospital cannabis seizure trial, which is testing how effective cannabis can be for babies with a brain condition called HIE. HIE, or Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, is a disorder in which the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen and blood flow. It can lead to cognitive impairments, severe disabilities, seizures, and cerebral palsy. Facing such sobering realities, the mother quickly accepted a place in the trial for her son. It may be the best hope her baby — and millions of others — will have to overcome HIE. Goals of the Cannabis Seizure Trial Newborn brains are extremely fragile; oxygen deprivation can cause serious harm. The new cannabis seizure trial hopes to prevent that harm from occurring in the first place. To do so, the babies are given a single dose of cannabis medicine (about one-thirtieth of a regular dose) within the first twelve hours of birth. Then, a team of doctors and medical researchers closely monitor them. The team watches for side effects and chart recovery. The cannabis given to the babies is a low-THC, high-CBD strain. They intravenously deliver the medication after cooling the baby’s body down to ninety-two degrees Fahrenheit (thirty-three degrees Celsius). The…

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