Cannabis continually proves to be the plant with a thousand applications. The evidence of the benefits of cannabis use grows daily. Recently, I uncovered the story about a little girl that was saved by a unique strain.
When Charlotte Figi was 3 months old she had her first seizure. At around the age of two, she started disconnecting cognitively and experienced autism-like behaviors like self-injury.
At the beginning of the year, Newsweek's Debra Kamin covered the Figi family story, "Charlotte Figi, who now lives in Colorado, has life-threatening epilepsy. Since infancy, she suffered up to 300 grand mal seizures a week. By the age of 5, her heart had stopped several times, and she couldn’t walk or eat on her own. In 2013, her desperate parents convinced a Denver doctor to prescribe cannabis oil for their daughter.
Kamin continues, "Charlotte is now 11. Every day, she takes two doses of cannabis oil, with that same 20-to-1 ratio, in her food. Her seizures have nearly ceased. She is healthy and thriving. Her recovery is so remarkable that a special high-CBD and low-THC strain of medical cannabis produced in Colorado was named Charlotte’s Web."
About 1 in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder in the United States. However, doctors in only three states—Georgia, Oregon and Pennsylvania—can legally prescribe cannabis to autistic children. This means there are many children across the country that have to suffer instead of having a chance to use something that will likely make a positive change in their life.