(I’m double dipping this go’round. This post will appear in both the prohibition and medicinal cannabis categories)
Dravet Syndrome (why is ‘everything’ a syndrome?) has been in the news quite a bit of late. It’s a form of epilepsy that strikes children within a year of birth. It’s a real son of a bitch.
A kid can have 300 seizures a week. You can imagine the havoc that reeks on not only their bodies, but also their minds. Standard pharmaceuticals don’t work worth a damn. Dravet’s is bad news. Bad, bad news.
Hold that thought.
I think it was down in California where CBD prevalent cannabis first started catching on with medicinal users. Folks with intractable pain, Parkinson’s, MS – that sort of thing – found the cannabidiol worked rather well for their malady.
And I’m going to guess that move away from THC was driven by published clinical studies. Believe it or not, folks truly using cannabis medicinally have a tendency to research and read up on the latest literature.
So, for some, catching a buzz is fine and dandy, but to get to the root of the problem CBD ( not a psychoactive cannabinoid) is the ticket.
And then some California kid’s mom gave their seizing child a dose of cannabis oil and the episodes lost frequency. And then they all but stopped.
It about created an uproar. I mean, a responsible parent would never dream of giving their child pot, right?! RIGHT!?
Maybe if the parent were at wits end and was trying to save the child’s life? Maybe. And what if it wasn’t ‘pot?’
The California kid got a little press, not a whole bunch, but some. Though It was enough folks began to give it some thought. Especially a parent with a child suffering from Dravet’s.
The next news story was from Colorado. It went big because a T.V. doctor included Charlotte’s story in a documentary on medicinal cannabis. It went real big.
Pot no one wanted (’cause Colorado aint California?) possibly saving a child’s life. Pot nobody wanted and parents desperate to save their kid’s life.
And now we move to Utah.
Yes, I wrote “Utah.”
Dravet’s is alive and well in Utah, too.
Medicinal cannabis ain’t legal in Utah.
But, parents with ‘Dravet Kids’ apparently do their research, too.
And a group of mothers (“moms” I’m writing of) have petitioned the state legislature to allow them to (legally) treat their seizing children with CBD.
Man, I don’t want to sound callous, but I find this whole unfolding terribly interesting; from a scientific standpoint, sociological and legislative. It really is one hell of a story.
The mom’s don’t want cannabis. They want the CBD extract. Not the plant. Not THC. Not “medicinal cannabis.” The CBD extract. They want to save their childrens’ lives.
So, as any parent would (I’d hope) they’ve taken action. In their case they’ve chosen to bang on the door of with the state legislature.
It appears legislation will be introduced that will allow these folks to (legally) provide a viable treatment for their childrens’ malady.
Did you read it? Did you see where Representative Froerer wonders if any legislation is required? If a CBD extract is same-same as any hemp product routinely sold in the United States?
I find it all terribly interesting. And a bit ironic.
In that flick Reefer Madness the narrator (Dr. Carroll) closes with the statement, “Because the dread Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter….or yours….or YOURS!”
If you are reading this, then I’d guess you’ve some interest in cannabis science and law. May I suggest you watch and see what happens in Utah? Could they breach a barrier? A barrier many of us might not even knew existed? That of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids.
After all, it’s for the children.