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Citation

Pawliuk C, Chau B, Rassekh SR, McKellar T, Siden HH. Paediatr. Child Health (1996) 2021; 26(4): 228-233.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2021, Canadian Paediatric Society, Publisher Pulsus Group)

DOI

10.1093/pch/pxaa031

PMID

34131459

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The use of medicinal cannabis in the paediatric age group is increasing despite the lack of evidence for its efficacy or safety.

OBJECTIVE: To map the available evidence on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis in children and adolescents.

METHODS: We conducted a scoping review and searched six electronic databases and grey literature. A study was eligible for inclusion when it investigated the efficacy or safety of medicinal cannabis for any condition, more than half of the participants were 0 to 18 years old, and had any study design except single case reports.

RESULTS: We included 36 studies in our final analysis, 32 of which investigated the efficacy or safety of cannabis in treatment-resistant epilepsy. The remaining 4 studies examined patients with cancer, dysautonomia, Epidermolysis Bullosa, and motor disorders.

CONCLUSIONS: There is a lack of evidence on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis in most paediatric conditions.


Language: en

Keywords

Cannabis; Scoping review; Cannabidiol; Drug-resistant epilepsy; Medicinal marijuana; Tetrahydrocannabinoid

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