To help them, Americans for Safe Access and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago are hosting a “patient summit” Saturday in Chicago’s South Loop to help answer basic questions.

For instance, a parent whose child has epilepsy might be interested in using a special marijuana-based oil to help treat devastating seizures but may ask: “Now that I can get medical cannabis for my child, what do I do?” said Kurt Florian, the president of the Chicago Epilepsy group.

One of the speakers Saturday will be Srishti Nangia, a pediatric doctor at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago who treats kids with epilepsy. She also is a researcher studying how pure CBD, or cannabidiol — a compound in cannabis that, unlike the well-known THC, does not make people feel stoned — affects kids who have hard-to-treat seizures.

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