DENVER - Commonly hailed as a miracle drug, preliminary studies reveal marijuana extract for treating children with seizures, may be somewhat over-hyped.
New preliminary numbers from studies at Children's Hospital Colorado indicate only about one in three children have shown signs of improvement and decreased seizures after using Cannabidiol or CBD oil.
Despite that, the number of families moving to Colorado to get marijuana extract for children with epilepsy just keeps growing.
It appears, so far, the effectiveness of medical marijuana at controlling seizures in children varies from patient to patient.
Still, the list of families moving to Colorado to get it for their children is growing fast.
"There's still the risk, but there's also hope," said Hillary Rayburn, who moved to Colorado from Oklahoma to get the oil for her epileptic daughter.
Paula Lyles and her daughter came from Ohio.
"My husband got home one night and I said, 'I've got something to tell you. We're moving.' And he's like, 'When?' And I said, 'Now,'" said Lyles.
Another concern among doctors at Children's: In a retrospective study of children who were already using cannabis oil, parents who moved to Colorado from out-of-state were three-times more likely to feel the drug was effective in treating their child -- versus parents from Colorado.
That may be speaking to the danger of something that, thus far, may be over-hyped and under-studied.