Marijuana extract gains popularity as pediatric seizure treatment

The Wall Street Journal reports that parents of children with certain seizure disorders are pushing for expanded medicinal use of a marijuana extract named cannabidiol (CBD).

Unlike the compound THC, which gives the drug its psychoactive effects, CBD does not have significant mind altering effects.

Several states that have not considered medicinal marijuana laws are evaluating the possibility of allowing CBD-based treatments.

The Boston Globe reports on its front page that marijuana dispensaries are scheduled to open in Massachusetts this summer following a voter initiative authorizing them in 2012.

The Globe adds that CBD has anecdotally proven effective in Colorado and California.