The LSU AgCenter will begin studying to effects of cannabis-based compounds on epileptic seizures, using the common zebrafish as a lab rat.
AgCenter researcher Chris Green developed the “zebrafish model,” and says the test starts by filming and measuring the movements of the seizing fish.
“We can take zebrafish, these small fish that you can get in a fish store, and we can actually induce them to have seizures. You can add a chemical to the water, which will cause a seizure.”
Then, he’ll introduce purified extracts of compounds found in marijuana and hemp into fish tanks to see how it reacts in the seizing fish.