Northern Va. Families Move To Colorado To Get Medical Marijuana For Children With Epilepsy

Gattone and Warren Lammert wrote. If an epilepsy patient and their doctor feel that marijuana is the best treatment option then they need to have safe, legal access to medical marijuana and they need that access now. A week after the Epilepsy Foundation released the statement, the American Epilepsy Society issued a contrasting view cautioning that we must remember that these are only anecdotal reports, and robust scientific evidence for the use of marijuana is lacking . . . use of marijuana for epilepsy may not be advisable due to this lack of information on safety and efficacy. Experts, state legislatures and the federal government continue to wrangle with the issue, but parents say they are left with a single, desperate option: Move to Colorado.

In many cases, they have connected with Realm of Caring , a group started by a family who developed the Charlottes Web low-THC plant and the oil, which is rich in cannabidiol, or CBD, according to Heather Barnes-Jackson, the groups executive director. The plant is named for Charlotte Figi, who began taking the CBD oil (also called Realm Oil) at 5 as a last resort and saw a drastic reduction in her violent grand mal seizures. Research has showed that CBD has anti-inflammatory, neuro-protectant and antioxidant properties through its interactions with the brain and the body, Barnes-Jackson said. In Colorado Springs, 206 people are using the Charlottes Web extract, Barnes-Jackson said. They include her son, who has catastrophic epilepsy. And now the Virginia families are joining a growing group of families setting in Colorado.

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