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UPDATED On 6: Georgia Regents University Takes A Step Toward Conducting New Cannabis Oil Study

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WJBF News Channel 6's Dee Griffin interviews a Georgia Regents University doctor about the upcoming cannabis oil study WJBF News Channel 6's Dee Griffin interviews a Georgia Regents University doctor about the upcoming cannabis oil study
Augusta, GA - Coming up this evening on WJBF News Channel 6 and WJBF.com, our Dee Griffin speaks to a Georgia Regents University doctor about the new cannabis oil study that will be conducted.

The doctor will tell us how this study can help children in the area.

Hear more about the study during our 5:00 p.m. newscast.

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Updated at 5:43pm
    News Channel 6's Dee Griffin is here with more on a new development with the study. 

     Preston Weaver can't say anything and he can't see, but, the seizures he experience everyday speak volumes about what he feels. His mother, Valerie Weaver, says, "anywhere between 50 and 80. When he's sick or has a cold or doesn't feel good they're worse."

    Valerie Weaver says a seizure can wipe away even the smallest of progress made by her son. "When you're brain is constantly firing, which his is, all day long you can't retain anything. If we can get that stopped, then there's a real good possibility, I think, that he could begin to retain some things and hold on to it and actually learn some stuff and actually hold on to it," Weaver explains.

     Weaver is a big proponent of using cannabis oil to treat children like Preston who suffer with seizures. In April, she organized a group meeting for children who live with seizures to gather for a picture that was sent to state legislatures. It's part of their efforts to raise awareness for measures to allow cannabis oil for medicinal reasons. Now, their dream of having the oil may be one step closer to reality. Dr. Michael Diamond of Georgia Regents University says, "in the memorandum of understanding that was signed earlier this week we are going to be working with GW pharmaceuticals to acquire cannabidiol for the purpose of utilizing in these trials."

     The study would be conducted at Childrens Hospital of Georgia which is one of the state's top centers for pediatric care. While it's still in the early stages of development, parents like Valerie Weaver are hoping the study will push their children into a better life and push epilepsy away for good. "This started at six months old. I will get to meet my child for the first time ever is what I'm hoping for," Weaver concludes. 

    There are several steps to be taken before the study would actually begin. Also, this would join several hundred studies being conducted at GRU, Georgia Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Georgia.




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