6-Year-Old Colorado Girl Eases Epileptic Seziures with Medical Marijuana
Charlotte Figi is six years old and battles a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome, where she suffered from violent seizures since she was a newborn, having up to 300 seizures a week. That was until her parents decided medical marijuana was worth a try.
Charlotte had been on multiple pharmaceuticals, endless trips to the emergency room and children's hospitals with nothing helping her conditions.
Her mother, Paige Figi, decided to try cannabis oils about a year-and-a-half ago as a last ditch effort. They haven't looked back since.
Charlotte takes the medical marijuana oils twice a day in the foods she eats. The oils are diluted with olive oil. Charlotte's mom describes the oils as potent, strong, spicy, and it’s got some kick.
Since Charlotte started using medical marijuana, she is now running, walking, dancing and talking, all of which she's never been able to do. And her seizures have dwindled to two or three in an eight week period.
Josh Stanley, one of the six brothers who own a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado custom develops the marijuana strain used to treat Charlotte's seizures. The strain is low in the psychoactive drug Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, and high in CBD, which has medicinal properties but no psychoactivity -- they named the strain after Charlotte, "Charlotte's Web."
Stanley and his brothers have set up a nonprofit called 'Realm of Caring' to help pay for other families to move to Colorado whom seek help with medical marijuana for seizure related illness.
Charlotte's story will is becoming a national focus with CNN doing documentary call 'Weed,' which aired last night (August 11) sparking a coast-to-coast debate on the benefits of medical marijuana.