Medical Marijuana Treatment Of Pediatric Epilepsy Attracts More Parents To Colorado

A small faction of parents calling themselves marijuana “refugees” are heading to Colorado in order to obtain medical marijuana for their children who suffer from epilepsy.

According to a recent report by The Colorado Springs Gazette, parents of children suffering from severe epilepsy are becoming more drawn to the apparent success stories of children whose seizures are being curbed by medical marijuana.

In June there were only 35 kids under the age of 18 on the Colorado patient registry, but as of August that number rose to 60. Medical marijuana is legal for minors in the state and in at least 15 states and the District of Columbia, as long as they have some form of parental consent.

The increase of patients in August coincided with the airing of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary “WEED” which featured the medical marijuana success story of 6-year-old Charlotte Figi.

Charlotte was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of prolonged seizures that begin in infancy and can result in death. The young girl was having over 300 tonic-clonic seizures a week and her mother Paige Figi said the family had “reached the end of the road” with pharmaceutical drugs for her, so they began to consider cannabis.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.