Marijuana oil is one of the newest, and perhaps most surprising, treatments for children with intractable epilepsy. Though it may seem a horrific choice to dose a child with marijuana, a street drug surrounded by decades of controversy, it is important to note that many of these kids are out of options. Loving parents will do absolutely anything to ensure the survival of their children, including searching for viable experimental treatments when all the mainstream medications and devices have failed. If marijuana fits that bill, then so be it.
The particular strain of marijuana oil used to treat seizures is more benign than it may appear. The oil is very low in THC, the psychoactive compound that causes a high, and rich in CBD, the medicinal property. It is dubbed “Charlotte’s Web” for Charlotte Figi, a little girl who was having 300 grand mal seizures a week when she first began using marijuana oil. She had lost the ability to walk, talk, and feed herself. She was near death; her heart had stopped beating during seizure activity on more than one occasion. Her parents had tried every epileptic treatment on the market, to no avail. They had nowhere else to turn. It was with great hope and trepidation that they tried those first few drops of marijuana oil, sprinkled on Charlotte’s food. They saw results almost immediately. Now Charlotte has regained all the skills she had lost, has returned to school, and is thriving due to marijuana oil. Evidence such as that is hard to refute.
At this point, marijuana oil is only available in Colorado. Though this state has recently legalized the use of recreational marijuana, a medical prescription is required for Charlotte’s Web. Though availability is limited, this potentially life-saving compound is creating great excitement for parents who have tried everything, and yet still live with the devastation of daily seizures. Many families are uprooting their entire lives and moving to Colorado for the chance to try marijuana oil. Still more are lobbying with their state government for legalization of this hope-inspiring new treatment. The Huffington Post reports that Kentucky’s state Senate approved a bill earlier this week that would allow the use of marijuana oil in the treatment of some cases of childhood epilepsy. The bill would have to be approved through Kentucky’s House of Representatives before becoming a law.
Mainstream treatments include countless anti-epileptic drugs, special diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, a device implanted under the skin that stimulates the vagus nerve, and brain surgery. All these can cause mild to severe side effects. If we put this into perspective, an oil derived from a natural plant doesn’t seem so outrageous, after all.
What are your thoughts on the legalization of cannabis oil? Would you ever give marijuana, in any form, to your child?
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