If you haven’t read Mark Walter’s story about parents of epileptic children who want to be able to give them Charlotte’s Web, a type of marijuana that might help reduce seizures, I suggest you check it out.
“Charlotte’s Web contains high levels of cannabidiol oil, CBD, one of many marijuana compounds, but low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gets users high when smoked.”
“Medical marijuana advocates insist the debate is not about getting high. They do not want their kids to smoke the plant. The oil can be taken orally, much like cough syrup, or mixed into food.”
“But that option is off the table in Pennsylvania until medical marijuana is legalized by the state’s General Assembly. There is a legislative effort under way to legalize the drug, but how far it will get remains to be seen.”
I wanted to know what our readers thought about the issue. So I posted this question on Facebook:
“If you had a child with epilepsy and prescription drugs were not working. would you want the choice to try medical marijuana to see if it reduced the seizures?”
Wow, did they respond. As of this writing, the post had more than 125 comments and nearly 20 shares.
Here’s what some of our readers said:
Ann Marie Gwiazdowski Sommer In a heartbeat!
Calyn Mae I am that child.. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 1yr old. I was prescribed different medications n though they reduced my amount of seizures I was still having too many to have a normal life. the drs had tried several different types of prescriptions n nothing truly helped me. I would never be able to drive, work, hold a child, be a normal person. then when I was 17 I had experimented with some friends but realized, I stopped having seizures. almost instantly the marijuana had balanced the chemicals in my brain that had caused me so much strife n danger for so long. I will be 25 this year n since then I have only had 2 seizures (as opposed to the 10-15 per day I would have while on lamictol). I have ceased smoking due to the fact that I now have a little girl whom I nurse. it worries me cuz I do feel my brain start to feel the way it used to but seeing as that it’s not legal yet I’m not willing to risk losing my princess. I am not a “pot head” or some one just pushing for it to be legal so I dont get arrested. I am a girl who had almost died 4 times as a result from seizures, and after 16 years of failed medications I can honestly say that I can live safely n normally thanks to marijuana.