Skip to comments.Medical marijuana refugees: 'This was our only hope'
Posted on 03/11/2014 3:34:46 AM PDT by Wolfie
Medical marijuana refugees: 'This was our only hope'
They've come from as far away as Australia and Canada, or as close as Oklahoma.
They are of different backgrounds and ages, but they've all moved to Colorado for the same thing: medical marijuana to treat their sick children.
"Jordan had her first seizure at 6 months old. I had never seen a seizure before," says her mother, Paula Lyles. "We took her to the hospital. The doctors said that would probably be the only one she'd have and sent us home."
But when Jordan was 18 months old, the seizures began in earnest.
Doing so allowed Jordan to be treated with a strain of medical marijuana that's high in cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical in cannabis thought to have medicinal properties, and low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical in pot that gets users high.
Over the last eight months, more than 100 families have moved to Colorado looking for medicine to save their children's lives, according to the Realm of Caring. The organization is run by the Stanley family -- medical marijuana growers and dispensary owners who pioneered a strain of cannabis high in CBD and low in THC.
The strain is called Charlotte's Web. It's named after 7-year-old Charlotte Figi of Colorado Springs. Charlotte also has Dravet syndrome; after being on seven medications with no success, she began taking marijuana in an oil form. Her seizures were drastically reduced -- from 300 a week to two or three a month.
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Are there any medical studies to back up these claims?
Are there clinical trials of purified and quantitated cannabidiol underway?
If this truly helps to stop the children’s seizures, it should be possible to make a purified, standardized drug for patient use, free of all the carcinogens and mind-altering substances in marijuana. Despite the claims of marijuana advocates, marijuana is NOT safe.
My understanding is that due to the federal ban, there is no possibility for private research. It all must be done in govt studies, the same govt that has banned it.
If safety were really the test for legality, we’d not have many medications on the market.
You are making the assumption that the therapeutic substances are distinct from the mind-altering. I don’t see how you can do that.
whatever works when it comes to being able to survive this vicious planet. If it helps these people, legalize it.
You have to balance the risk with the benefit. If overall it helps, don’t restrict access to save people from some pie in the sky threat.
the article says that specifically, high levels of cannabinol; low levels of THC
That’s because a normal dose of THC would wipe them out. The question is whether it really works or is it just a perception thing.
Not in the U.S., because it’s illegal. Israel has been pioneering medical cannabis studies for decades. That is where the most research is being done. U.S. governmental agencies will not allow studies that aren’t trying to show the harm of cannabis.
“Thats because a normal dose of THC would wipe them out. The question is whether it really works or is it just a perception thing.”
Who cares? Either way it helps or is perceived to help
well, if a placebo reduces the seizures by that much, it’s an excellent placebo
Or it could prove the seizures weren’t real or that something else is affecting them. The use of the herb could be coincidental or it could lead to something worse.
The DMSO Effect
You’ll grasp at anything, won’t you?
Saw the my first deduction for pot on a tax return yesterday. Guy spent 4500 for weed in three mos.
Also coming across more gay marriage filing status.
If you were having 2 seizures per hour, would you rather be stoned or flopping uncontrollably on the floor/bed? If powerful opiates OR marijuana were needed to control your seizures, which would you use?
Seizures can kill you, marijuana cannot. Government approved drugs regularly kill & injure people. These drugs come with a list of possible adverse reactions & side effects. Lawyers are making a mint on government approved drugs that harm people. There has never been a recorded death or permanent injury from marijuana. The amount estimated to cause death is so large as to be impossible to ingest. A quart of government approved alcohol will kill most people.
There is NOTHING safe on this planet. If you drink too much WATER you will die. Same for everything else. If you wait for the government to tell you what is safe you may die, or live a life of pain & misery, waiting.
This is the same government that says CO2 is a pollutant, government spending will turn the economy around, & a dry ditch is a wetlands.
God bless these parents for ignoring the corrupt nanny state & perhaps saving their children's lives. See Genesis 1:29.
Good. Starve the beast. People pay too much in taxes.
“Or it could prove the seizures werent real”