Absolute Relief - Charlotte's story
When a 5-year-old named Charlotte received her card in 2013, she became the youngest medical marijuana patient in history. Charlotte was suffering from in excess of 300 seizures a week, some of which she endured for up to 4 hours. As is typical of such cases, her parents seemed to have exhausted every avenue in a desperate search for a remedy. They left all but one stone unturned - Cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD is a potent chemical derivative of the cannabis plant that has been empirically proven to treat cancer, diabetes, MS, schizophrenia, and a smorgasbord of other life-debilitating ailments.
“When she didn’t have those three, four seizures that first hour, that was the first sign”, Paige Figi, Charlotte’s mother, recalled in a CNN special. Despite immediate disbelief, this first hour of calm was not a coincidence.
The rate of seizure incidence fell from 300 a week to only a few a day. As publication of Charlotte’s story went mainstream in the US media, the waiting list for CBD products that treated seizures surged past 12,000 families. In Israel, researchers have found that 89% of children with treatment-resistant pediatric epilepsy like Charlotte, saw a reduction in seizure frequency.
Charlotte’s struggle has helped pave the way for the medical benefits of CBD to enter public discourse, and for companies that are part of the supply chain to begin to emerge in ever-increasing numbers. The endorsement is there, so too is the engagement.
When consumed, CBD boosts an integral part of our immune system called the Endo-Cannabinoid system. A 2013 review showed that studies found CBD to possess anti-convulsant (suppresses seizures), anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. To add to the burgeoning empiricism, the American Association for Cancer Research found that CBD destroys breast cancer cells through programmed cell death . CBD has also demonstrated the ability to inhibit or prevent the growth of cancers in the liver, brain, skin and adrenal glands.
It is both biologically and chemically impossible for patients to get ‘high’ with the consumption of CBD, since THC (the psychoactive compound) is separated from the formula.
CBD reduces the negative side-effects associated with THC consumption such as memory loss, anxiety and paranoia. As the cannabis industry expands to reach new and emerging markets, CBD is a keystone piece of the puzzle.
Interestingly, in Canada, senior citizens are the fastest-growing demographic in medical cannabis. Numerous studies point to reduced reliance on prescription medication with the use of CBD, and thus reducing the incidence of associated negative side-effects. For many of the most common diseases and ailments afflicting the eldest and youngest, CBD products are a safe and convenient alternative to treating many conditions. Relief from the high, relief from the suffering.
Editor's note: I am not a doctor. This article makes neither any attempt to diagnose or treat any health condition, nor offer medical advice. CBD is not a 'cure', it is a very complex chemical derived from an infinitely more complex organic article. Please employ your own critical investigation and independent thought, and explore this fascinating topic for yourself.