Most parents would do anything for their children, and one family has tried every kind of treatment and medication available except for one that is the easiest, cheapest and safest solution to their daughter’s uncontrollable epileptic seizures.
But it’s not the parents’ fault. In the state of Ohio, like in many other states, the use of marijuana in any way is completely illegal, even though it has been proven to treat epileptic attacks in many children time and time again. Unfortunately, with the advice of medical experts, the parents have had their daughter on multiple pharmaceutical medications for most of her life.
Epilepsy in America
- Here are some facts on and related to epilepsy that people simply can’t ignore.
- Roughly 3 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of epilepsy.
- At least 1 million people in the U.S. live with uncontrolled epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.
- Many epileptic children have successfully used cannabis to treat their symptoms.
- Federal law does not recognize marijuana as acceptable for medical use, though 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and 13 others have limited laws allowing legal use of purified marijuana extracts for medical purposes.
- the Epilepsy Foundation supports the use of medical marijuana.
- The American Academy of Neurology revealed preliminary data on cannabis that showed that 50% of the 137 children who took a form of marijuana medication called Epidiolex saw a significant reduction in their seizures.
A Dangerous and Possibly Avoidable Procedure Was Performed to No Success
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When it was clear that none of the medications were curing the uncontrollable seizures this little girl has, (up to 20 seizure a day!) the girl underwent two brain surgeries to remove her frontal lobe to reduce the severity of her epilepsy. Unfortunately, the girl’s seizures continued after the surgery, and still continue to this day.
“We should be able to try a pretty benign plant before you take out a quarter of my daughter’s brain,” says the father.
Medications for epileptics are strong and have numerous side effects. Improper use of these medications can easily land someone in the hospital, or worse, kill them. Patients are always told about the risk and possible complications of surgery. There’s no secret about the risks involved with surgical procedures.
But no one has ever died from marijuana. Ever.
“This is the last effort for us. The first one we should have been able to do is try a plant,” the father adds.
Charlotte’s Web, (a strain of marijuana named after an epileptic girl whose seizures were cured by the plant,) is what the parents are seeking to treat their daughter.
This strain of marijuana has high levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound that can effectively reduce seizures, and a low THC, the compound in weed that makes you feel “high.” There are many different strains of marijuana with different effects.
If the government would simply allow more clinical studies, marijuana’s healing effects could expand into other areas of chronic illness such as cancer, HIV and Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information on this story, visit The Huffington Post.
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