VANCOUVER — Kim Turkington’s five-year-old daughter Ella was so heavily medicated for seizures last year, she slept most of the day, her waking hours spent in a deep state of melancholy.
“All day long she said ‘I feel sad.’ Those were the only words that came out of her mouth. And it’s meds. She was a depressed four year old and it was terrible,” said Turkington, who lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.
Ella, who has epilepsy and autism, has failed to respond to seven different types of seizure medication.
Her parents were desperate to try something new, and had been doing a lot of research about cannabis oil, which contains a low amount of THC and high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), the component believed to reduce seizures.
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