SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – With so many claims about the benefits of medical marijuana it’s no surprise that parents of children suffering epilepsy have pinned their hopes on the drug.

But researchers warn there are no proven benefits and parents often overstate how effective cannabis is for their children, reports Live Science.

Doctors and medical experts are gathered in Seattle for the meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.

One study involved parents who moved to Colorado, one of the states where marijuana is legal. They were three times more likely to report that cannabis helped their kids, compared to families who already lived in the state.

“I can imagine these poor families, who are just desperate for anything to work,” said the study’s senior researcher, Dr. Kevin Chapman, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Colorado. In fact, he added, “the biggest predictor of whether you respond was whether you actually moved from out of state.”

The researchers point out the need for more controlled studies on whether cannabis use can help children with epilepsy.

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