Medical Marijuana Could Save My Daughter’s Life

My 10-year-old daughter has big blue eyes and is a serious fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. She loves music, fairy tales, and driving under city streetlights at night. She also cannot walk, talk or feed herself, thanks to the uncontrolled seizures that have resisted all attempts at treatment since she was three months old. Every day, she is at risk of SUDEP, or Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

Just in the last year, something truly promising has appeared on the horizon for her and other children with severe and debilitating seizure disorders: a unique strain of marijuana that has been found to dramatically reduce life-threatening symptoms that often include hundreds of violent seizures a day. But because of irrationally rigid state and federal laws, it is currently only available in Colorado, where it is grown.

This needs to change.

At issue is a strain of marijuana that is very high in a substance called cannabidiol (CBD). For reasons not yet fully understood, it helps control seizure disorders that have resisted every mainstream treatment. Even better, because it is low in the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, it cannot get you high – there is a reason it was first dubbed ” Hippie’s Disappointment“. So let’s be clear: children taking this drug, which is administered orally, do not get stoned. What they do get is relief from relentless suffering that often consigns children to profound disability or early death.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.