Parents Desperate to Help Their Children Rush to Colorado for Medical Marijuana
Two year-old Mia Halabi suffers from severe epilepsy, and despite treatment from the nation’s best neurologists and the most powerful drugs available, Mia was at one point not much more than a human vegetable. Doctors told her parents that there was nothing that could be done, and that they should prepare for her death.
As bleak as things looked for young Mia, they looked like they might turn around back in July when her parents saw an online video about the recovery of an epileptic Colorado Springs girl. This girl has a problem similar to Mia’s, yet she made an astounding recovery with the help of an oil made from a special strain of marijuana. Since medical marijuana is illegal in the Halabis’ home state of New York, they knew that they had to go to Colorado if they were to have a chance at saving Mia’s life.
Stories such as these are not uncommon in Colorado. In recent years, the state has seen an influx of “marijuana refugees”, people seeking cannabidiol to treat epilepsy and other life-threatening conditions. A growing number of these refugees are parents who have tried every other treatment with no success and are desperate to help their children. Another such family moved to Colorado and began treating their 5 year old daughter for a sever seizure disorder. On her prior medications she was reported to have had 300 seizures a week and has now reduced that number to as low as 1 a week with the help of medical marijuana.
Repeated studies that go back to the 1970s have shown that cannabidiol could be very effective in treating epilepsy and other conditions, but federal laws make the substance difficult to study during medical research. There’s also still a strong stigma against cannabis in the medical field. Pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol is readily available in other countries, but clinical trials for FDA approval in the United States have only begun recently.
The cannabidiol used for these epilepsy treatments is derived from one of the new strains of marijuana that are very low in THC and exceptionally high in cannabidiol. THC is the chemical that makes marijuana users high, and the low concentration of THC in this strain isn’t enough to be intoxicating. The developers of this particular strain originally referred to it as Hippie’s Disappointment, but it has more recently been renamed Charlotte’s Web after a girl who went from having an average of 300 seizures a week to having less than one. There are also several other low in THC and exceptionally high in cannabidiol strains such as Harlequin & Cannatonic and other new strains that meet this criteria are being developed as we speak.
This is indeed exciting news for supporters of medical marijuana. Only time will tell if the benefits of this cannabidiol will overcome marijuana’s stigma and be made more widely available.
By Neil Charles