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Berkeley boy was ‘Patient X’ in first FDA-approved medicine derived from marijuana

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Date:
Sunday, Jul 8, 2018

They called him Patient X. The Berkeley boy had his first epileptic seizure when he was 4, and after that, they kept coming, up to 100 a day. His desperate parents tried a barrage of two dozen medications, plus a high-fat medical diet and autoimmune therapy. But nothing worked — not until a British company let him try a marijuana-based drug. Sam Vogelstein, now 17, was the only patient in an early test that was unheard of in medical circles. The high-concentration cannabidiol strain had never been given to children and was illegal in the United States, even though the drug had been stripped of its high-inducing chemical. It worked.