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Karen Keough

Child neurologist and epileptologist

Dr. Karen Keough, M.D., is a board-certified child neurologist and epileptologist with fellowship training in neurophysiology. She specializes in treating intractable epilepsy at Child Neurology Consultants of Austin. Keough is also the Chief Medical Officer for Compassionate Cultivation, a Texas medical cannabis organization based in the Austin area.

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What I’ve learned about prescribing CBD medicine

My hope for the Texas medical cannabis program is that the state is able to collect data around how patients and their physicians are utilizing this program. Objective evidence will show that having this treatment option benefits qualifying patients and strengthens the relationship between patients and physicians, and that the regulated program is a worthy endeavor.

Who can benefit from state-legal medical marijuana — and how

In recent weeks, state-licensed providers have opened for business under the state’s landmark Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339), which allows qualified physicians to prescribe low-THC medical cannabis to patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. Many Texans are wondering how to go about qualifying for and obtaining medical cannabis under this law.

Learning to embrace marijuana as medicine

A crucial component of helping my patients is guiding them toward realistic expectations so that we not only avoid disappointment but also prepare for the best possible outcome. When it comes to the healing potential of cannabis, I have been focused on figuring out what cannabis can do for people suffering from epilepsy rather than what it might be able to do.