Brandy And Tres Johnson

Brandy And Tres Johnson | Cannabis & Children

Raising a child in the year 2016 is extremely difficult. With many outside factors and so much going on all the time, it can be tough for a mother to keep track of everything. That becomes more difficult when you are Brandy Johnson, a young woman from the state of Missouri. The Johnson family is a loving group of people that have had to face extremely tough circumstances with their youngest boy, Tres, who has a condition known as diprosopus. This extremely rare condition is cause by the presence of the SHH protein during gestation. The effects of the SHH protein are neurological and cranial duplication, resulting in unusual formations of the brain and the bone structure of the face. So while the Johnson family is surrounded by love and light, they are struggling to provide the care that Tres needs to live a more normal life.

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Most children that are born with diprosopus do not live long, which makes Tres (age 12) a miracle. Doctors did not expect such a fight from this little boy, especially since Tres is also constantly battling intractable epilepsy. This small child can have up to almost 500 seizures a 24-hour window. As a mother, Brandy suffered greatly watching her child go through this pain and wanted to do anything and everything she could to help Tres live a more comfortable life. But while doctor visit after doctor visit turned up little to no answers, things began to look bleak. The only treatments that the doctors seemed interested in were immense amounts of pharmaceutical drugs which turned Tres in to a zombie. Brandy and her husband couldn’t stand to view their son that way and even with the medicine, the constant seizures never stopped or slowed.

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With few options remaining, the doctors recommended that the Johnson’s have a small implant put in at the base of Tres’ neck. This implant a device called a Vagus Neuro Simulator and is attached to the Vagus nerve. During an epileptic seizure, this device shocks the Vagus nerve for seven to twenty seconds during a seizure in an attempt to get the body to stop seizing. Reluctant but willing to try anything to help their son, the Johnson’s had the device implanted. Six months later, Tres maxed out the device and the seizures still hadn’t stopped. In fact, due to a partial decrease from the device, the little boy was having more severe and increased seizures once the device was removed. It was then, in November 2012, that the doctors told Brandy and her husband that they had exhausted all medical options. There was nothing left to do for their son.

Brandy wouldn’t accept the news. She would not give up without a fight.

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In her heart, she knew that there was something out there to help her son. So she began to look online, searching alternative and holistic alternatives. “Something inside me changed that day,” she says. She read through hundreds of articles and documents pertaining to other treatments for severe epilepsy. Finally, she stumbled across the story of young Charlotte Figi. This little Colorado native had been fighting with epilepsy when a group of cannabis growers began cultivating a new strain called Charlotte’s Web. When this high CBD strain was administered to the young girl, her seizures drastically decreased. Her motor functions and speech improved and her parents were shocked that this change in their daughter was due to a plant. Brandy knew that this was something she had to look in to for Tres. By now, she was resuscitating Tres two or three times a week due to the overwhelming seizures and Tres’ body was beginning to show the signs of renal failure. Not wanting her family to watch their youngest son waste away in front of them, Brandy knew what she had to do.

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After speaking with her husband, the couple made the choice to send Brandy and Tres to Colorado in order to obtain safe medicine for their boy. With $6,000, Brandy made the trip with Tres from Missouri to Colorado, since the plant is still illegal in their home state. It was the only way that the family could get Tres the medicine that he needed. They thought they had planned everything correctly but when they arrived at their apartment in Colorado, they found that the complex would not meet the conditions that Tres needed. Even though the family had paid the money for the apartment, the complex wouldn’t work with them. Brandy tried her hardest to make it work but the unaccommodating living conditions were too much. With their savings depleted, Brandy had no choice but to return with Tres to Missouri.

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Even though the family is back in Missouri, Tres is still getting doses of CBD cannabis oil that Brandy got for him in Colorado. While the law considers her a criminal, this is the only way for Brandy’s son to live a comfortable life. This oil is the only thing that has positively effected Tres’ seizures and Brandy isn’t about to let that go. As far as she is concerned, this plant is the only medicine that will ever work for her son. From three months old, Tres had suffered from seizures. He is 12 now. For this family, cannabis is the last option. Since November 2012, Tres has not responded to any form of medical treatment and even though the medical marijuana bill passed in the Johnson’s home state, there are no places selling medicine yet.

Families like the Johnson’s need to be able to obtain their medicine safely.

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These people are not criminals!

They are handling life the best way that they can. There is nothing criminal about a mother trying to do what’s best for her child. Cannabis can help people like Tres and Brandy and so many others. Patients need to be able to get their hands on cannabis in safe, knowledgeable environments. They are not criminals. No one should have to fight for a medicine that actually works.

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Cannabis Vs Epilepsy Drugs

Cannabis Vs Epilepsy Drugs

As the cannabis plant becomes more researched for its properties relating to epilepsy, more parents of epileptic children are opening their minds to the possibility of what this plant can do for their families. There are hundreds of children that are suffering from epilepsy and the complications that arise from it. If you’ve never seen a small child have a Grand Mal seizure, look it up on YouTube and try not to tear up. These parents deal with this every single day, watching their child shake and suffer while they stand by and do nothing.

It’s not like these parents aren’t trying to help. Many of these parents have done everything that they can in order to help their children. But modern medicine still hasn’t caught up to how terrifying the affliction of epilepsy is. Even though the doctors are telling people that these drugs will help their child, chances are it isn’t going to help. Instead of being strung along indefinitely and watching their kids suffer, there have been many parents that turned to medical marijuana as an answer to their child’s problem.

Marijuana has been shown to have a positive effect on epilepsy. The CBD in the plant calms the body and mind. Within the first few days of a child on CBD treatment, most parents report that the seizures almost or completely stop. Some children are even able to begin speaking, eating solid food, and walking. Take for example, young Jayden Davis, a child who is suffering from severe epilepsy. The young boy was having 1,200 seizures a month and with the use of CBD in liquid form, he is now down to about three. Accompany that with the fact that the doctors Jason Davis took his son to said that the boy had no chance of learning to walk or talk. Contrary to what they said, Jayden is functioning just fine and has begun walking and is now learning to talk.

When Jayden was just 16 months old, the doctors prescribed him benzos, an anti-convulsion drug that is described by Wikipedia in the following blurb; “The benzodiazepines are a class of drugs with hypnotic, anxiolytic, anti-convulsive, amnestic and muscle relaxant properties. Benzodiazepines act as a central nervous system depressant. The relative strength of each of these properties in any given benzodiazepine varies greatly and influences the indications for which it is prescribed. Long-term use can be problematic due to the development of tolerance to the anticonvulsant effects and dependency.” Now in all honesty, would you give a child a drug with a description like that? I wouldn’t. Jayden was addicted to benzos since he was just 16 months old. With the help of CBD, he no longer needs benzos or any other substance that “normal” doctors will prescribe. Jayden is a growing, developing child thanks to the help of cannabis.

Cannabis Vs Epilepsy Drugs

Cannabis Compared To Epilepsy Drugs

Cannabis Compared To Epilepsy Drugs

As the cannabis plant becomes more researched for its properties relating to epilepsy, more parents of epileptic children are opening their minds to the possibility of what this plant can do for their families. There are hundreds of children that are suffering from epilepsy and the complications that arise from it. If you’ve never seen a small child have a Grand Mal seizure, look it up on YouTube and try not to tear up. These parents deal with this every single day, watching their child shake and suffer while they stand by and do nothing.

It’s not like these parents aren’t trying to help. Many of these parents have done everything that they can in order to help their children. But modern medicine still hasn’t caught up to how terrifying the affliction of epilepsy is. Even though the doctors are telling people that these drugs will help their child, chances are it isn’t going to help. Instead of being strung along indefinitely and watching their kids suffer, there have been many parents that turned to medical marijuana as an answer to their child’s problem.

Marijuana has been shown to have a positive effect on epilepsy. The CBD in the plant calms the body and mind. Within the first few days of a child on CBD treatment, most parents report that the seizures almost or completely stop. Some children are even able to begin speaking, eating solid food, and walking. Take for example, young Jayden Davis, a child who is suffering from severe epilepsy. The young boy was having 1,200 seizures a month and with the use of CBD in liquid form, he is now down to about three. Accompany that with the fact that the doctors Jason Davis took his son to said that the boy had no chance of learning to walk or talk. Contrary to what they said, Jayden is functioning just fine and has begun walking and is now learning to talk.

When Jayden was just 16 months old, the doctors prescribed him benzos, an anti-convulsion drug that is described by Wikipedia in the following blurb;

“The benzodiazepines are a class of drugs with hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsive, amnestic and muscle relaxant properties. Benzodiazepines act as a central nervous system depressant. The relative strength of each of these properties in any given benzodiazepine varies greatly and influences the indications for which it is prescribed. Long-term use can be problematic due to the development of tolerance to the anticonvulsant effects and dependency.”

Now in all honesty, would you give a child a drug with a description like that? I wouldn’t. Jayden was addicted to benzos since he was just 16 months old. With the help of CBD, he no longer needs benzos or any other substance that “normal” doctors will prescribe. Jayden is a growing, developing child thanks to the help of cannabis.

Cannabis Compared To Epilepsy Drugs

Ten Illnesses That Marijuana Helps

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Marijuana has been proven to help patients with certain illnesses, including the most severe like cancer. Big Pharma is notorious for giving people prescriptions to drugs that aren’t actually helping. Who wants to take a pill to treat depression where the side effects include increased risk of suicide? While doctors and drug makers stock their pockets with green, a different shade of the color is beginning to take the medical community by storm.

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1. Depression
There are many Americans (and others worldwide) that suffer from the cold draw of depression. With a bleak outlook on life, these patients have trouble even getting out of bed in the morning. While some people will argue hand over fist that marijuana increases depression, those that have switched from Zoloft to Mary Jane know that the plant makes life seem much more bright.

2. Nausea
Feeling like you’re going to vomit? Most chemo patients have severe problems with nausea, making it hard for them to maintain a healthy weight while enduring the harsh radiation treatments. Other people deal with bad nausea as well, including people who simply come down with the flu. While doctors will prescribe hard drugs like Anzamet (which lead users to terrible nightmares and side effects similar to Parkinson’s), marijuana is a miracle plant when treating nausea. One bong hit and your stomach never felt better.

3. Glaucoma
When the watery surface of the human eye deteriorates, doctors are quick to prescribe topical eye ointments/drops to their patients. The drawbacks of these medicines? Constant blurry vision is one, which would make driving or functioning in public extremely difficult, not to mention a permanent eye color change, transforming the iris from whatever color it currently is to brown. Studies dating back to the 70s show that marijuana is extremely effective at treating intraocular pressure in people suffering with glaucoma.

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4. Insomnia
If you mention to your doc that you’re having trouble sleeping, expect that they’re giving you something heavy like Benzos, tranquilizers, and sedatives. While these pills may help you sleep, the chance that you develop a dependency in high, no pun intended. Marijuana has been lulling people in to a healthy sleep since before most people knew what insomnia was.

5. Asthma
Bronchial spasms plague a good deal of people world wide. Having trouble breathing can be a terrifying experience and most people who suffer from asthma carry an inhaler with them at all times. Most doctors will prescribe Salbutamol for such an affliction. Side effects Potentially death if used wrong, not to mention extreme anxiety and tremors. So you’ll be able to breathe if you can get past your fear of everything around you and the fact that your hands no longer stay still. Marijuana actually opens the airways in your lungs and doesn’t have such a high mortality rate.

6. Cardiovascular Issues
High cholesterol becomes more of a common issue every day. Doctors tend to prescribe statins for these disorders and sometimes recommend Aspirin for it’s anti-clotting properties. But while pregnant women can’t ingest statins and Aspirin can cause bleeding in the stomach, these methods aren’t exactly perfect. Studies done on mice, however, show that marijuana reverses artery clogging and can even protect the heart from heart attacks in the future.

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The highly-rated strain of medical marijuana ‘Blue Dream’ is displayed among others in glass jars at Los Angeles’ first-ever cannabis farmer’s market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer’s of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. A vendor is seen here responding to questions and offering a whiff of the strain ‘Skyjack’. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

7. PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder is something that more and more people seem to be diagnosed with. Considering how traumatic the world is getting, this makes sense. But with the doctors sticking to prescribing debilitating anti-depressants to treat this disorder, many people are suffering even more. Side effects stemming from these medicines include sexual problems, worsening depression, and dependency. The cannabis plant work to regulate the memories that trigger PTSD and the sativa strains that are available induce euphoria, making the user forget (even temporarily) what is causing their PTSD.

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8. Alzheimer’s Disease
This degenerative disorder is not only painful for the person who has it but for those around them. There are no well known treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. With only four drugs known to slow the progression of the disease, the treatments’ effectiveness isn’t well measured. Not to mention the drugs used can cause anorexia and a slower heart rate, leading to other problems. Those patients with Alzheimer’s that have used marijuana are shown to have reduced inflammation in the brain tissue. Add in the fact that marijuana also prevents cell death by anti-oxidation and you have a far better medicine for this terrible affliction.

9. Cancer
Most people will argue until they’re blue in the face that chemotherapy is the only treatment for cancer. But with a high relapse rate, the radiation treatment leaves more families without one of their members more often than not. Those who go through chemo will lose their ability to eat and sleep, plus they will lose their hair and quite possibly their will to eve live anymore. There are many reports of people using cannabis oil to treat their cancer as compared to chemo, with far more positive results from the plant than the radiation treatment. Not only do some people believe that marijuana can actually cure cancer, the plant also helps those undergoing chemo to eat, sleep, and function more normally.

10. Chronic Pain
Whether you’re suffering from an accident that happened years ago (or recently) or you happen to get serious migraines, chances are the doctor will hand you a bottle of opiates, tell you to take two, and call him in the morning. What presents a problem with this is that for one, opiates don’t always work for people and can cause bad nausea and sickness in some. Oh and don’t forget the unbelievable amount of overdoses and addiction to opiates that the US is dealing with. More people die from opiate overdoses these days than traffic accidents. Guess how many people have died from marijuana? Still zero. And taking a bong hit will help any headache without the risk of becoming heavily addicted.

Don’t Let My Daughter Die, Governor!

Don’t Let My Daughter Die, Governor!

Published on Sep 5, 2013

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On August 14, 2013, Brian Wilson of Scotch Plains, N.J. confronted Gov. Chris Christie over his delay in signing a law that would make it possible for Wilson’s two-year-old daughter to receive the medical marijuana she was prescribed under state law. The testy exchange was quickly picked up by numerous media outlets. Vivian Wilson suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome, a devastating and potentially fatal form of epilepsy that she will never outgrow. It’s already led to one hour-long seizure where she stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated.

Although medical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey for three-and-a-half years, Christie’s Department of Health has made it nearly impossible for patients to obtain medical marijuana in the Garden State. The myriad regulations include a requirement that three doctors sign off on the prescription, a ban on edible forms, and a limit on dispensaries from growing more than three strains of marijuana.

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These regulations have made it impossible for patients to receive the kind of cannabis that could help Vivian, which is a high-CBD, low-THC form that has none of the psychoactive effects of marijuana. That is, it can’t get you high. High-CBD marijuana has proven wildly successful in alleviating seizures, but because low-THC marijuana is less popular, it makes poor business sense for the one functioning dispensary in New Jersey to produce a strain that very few patients want to purchase.

This past June, the New Jersey state legislature passed a reform-minded medical marijuana bill which reduced the number of doctors required to sign off on a prescription to one, repealed the ban on edible forms of medicinal marijuana, and increased the number of strains dispensaries can grow.

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By August, the bill had been sitting on the governor’s desk for two months. When Brian Wilson heard Christie was making a campaign stop at a Scotch Plains diner, he decided to ask the governor directly, “What’s the hold up?” Christie curtly replied that while the issue is simple to Wilson, it is not simple to him, and he will make his decision based on what he thinks is right for all the people of New Jersey. As Christie turned to walk away, Wilson shouted, “Please don’t let my daughter die, Governor!”

After video of the dust-up in the diner went viral, Gov. Christie agreed to a sign a compromised form of the bill, allowing for edibles for minors only. This still adversely affects Vivian, because limiting edibles to minors artificially decreases demand, making it less likely that a dispensary would make the investment in opening a kitchen and enduring all the red tape involved to produce edible forms of marijuana for an extremely limited consumer base.

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And despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, the federal government still lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, making it a felony to bring it across state lines, even for medicinal purposes. The Wilsons are considering moving to Colorado, where Vivian would have easy access to the medicine that could very well save her life. But because of federal laws, they would be forced to stay in the state indefinitely to legally maintain their daughter’s supply, unable even to visit their home state for a holiday.

Despite such a predicament, Vivian’s mother, Meghan, insists, “This is life and death. Our lives are devoted to keeping her alive. If this doesn’t pan out in New Jersey, we will move to Colorado.” Chris Christie has made himself into a national figure by projecting a plain-speaking and defiantly independent persona. But in his opposition to his own state’s law permitting medical marijuana, is the former federal prosecutor simply pandering to the national Republican base in preparation for a 2016 run for president?

“I meant what I said when I said, ‘don’t let my daughter die,'” insists Brian Wilson. “Politics should not be determining whether or not children live.”

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Don’t Let My Daughter Die, Governor!

Landon Riddle’s Story

Landon Riddle’s Story

Stoners and protesters a like can’t argue that children going through chemotherapy is one of the saddest sights around. It’s children especially that deserve the best cure for their illnesses.

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Lately, it seems like the best cure around is cannabis. Just ask the Riddle family from Colorado Springs. They, along with many others, know firsthand that cannabis isn’t just for potheads anymore. Landon Riddle, the 3-year-old son of Sierra Riddle, has an aggressive form of leukemia. As is the norm, the young child was put on radiation and chemotherapy, which took a devastating toll on his overall well being.

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Shortly after starting treatment, Landon’s health began to deteriorate at an alarming rate. He was vomiting multiple times a day and developed severe nerve damage in his legs. The boy was incredibly sick and on a constant diet of Morphine, Ativan, and Promethexane.

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But when nothing seemed to work and Landon still got worse, Sierra turned to medical marijuana to help her child.

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She even moved them from Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs so that Landon could get the medicine he needed. Landon started his cannabis oil treatment in January of 2013. Miraculously, the cancer started to recede, causing doctors to scratch their heads. Riddle continued the cannabis treatment and took Landon off of chemotherapy in July.

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Unfortunately for Sierra, not everyone agreed that the child should be off of chemo. A doctor actually threatened to call Child Protective Services on the family, which ended up with an agent knocking on the Riddle’s doors. Regardless of that ignorant doctor’s disbelief, Landon has improved drastically, going from a lethargic, sick little boy to a running, playing, happy 3-year-old.

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Unfortunately for the family, the government has stuck it’s big nose where it doesn’t belong and has required that Landon be put back in chemo, even though Landon is already in remission. Sierra stated that forcing her to do this to her child is abuse, which I can’t say I disagree with. Children should definitely not have to go through chemotherapy if there is a natural, side effect free cure available.

Since the courts actually threatened to remove Landon from Sierra’s care, the mother has no choice but to put her son back on the awful regimen of chemo. He is still getting cannabis but his mother wants him off permanently. Chemotherapy is severely damaging, especially in this case with the nerve damage to Landon’s legs. This is a huge infringement on parental rights and the rights of the child.

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As of right now, Landon and his family are raising money to get Landon the treatment he deserves through a doctor in Arizona. That doctor has said that he will drastically change the course of treatment for the three year old. Landon will get less steroids and far less chemo. We can only hope that the child will be allowed to use a natural cure rather than the poisonous “treatment” known as chemotherapy. Other children as well should be able to avoid suffering in chemotherapy and be able to live their childhoods happily. Stonerdays sends positive vibes and well wishes to Landon and his family for being so strong! GO CANNABIS!

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Acct # 7964393669 Please consider helping this family in their time of need!

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Dahlia; Cannabis & Children

Dahlia; Cannabis & Children

Children especially deserve to be able to utilize the healing properties of cannabis when diagnosed with severe illnesses such as cancer. With the dangerous effects of radiation being almost as bad as the effects from the disease itself, cannabis is being continuously proven to be a way to combat cancer, with virtually no negative side effects. Even those who don’t use cannabis to combat the cancer can benefit from the effects of the plant in regards to eating, sleeping, and being able to function somewhat normally.

Moriah Barnhart definitely wasn’t prepared for the diagnoses of her daughter’s highly aggressive and malignant brain cancer on May 5th, 2013. But then again, who is ever really prepared for that announcement? The mother of two had to make the hard choice to move the family from their home in Tampa, Florida to Memphis, Tennessee in order for Dahlia to undergo cancer treatments at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The move wasn’t easy but was accomplished and the family settled in Memphis.

While the family adjusted, Moriah continued to research and began to look in to the medical marijuana field. The research she did showed her that cannabis was looked at as a good way to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and to help negate the ill effects of chemotherapy treatments. But the problem arose that the plant was illegal and Moriah had to make another hard choice. She made the decision to move her family again, from Memphis to Colorado Spring, Colorado, becoming one of the Marijuana Refugees, people moving across the country in order to get treatment for serious illnesses.

These days, Dahlia receives a small dose of Phoenix Tears. This special kind of nonpsychoactive hemp oil strain doesn’t get the user high but instead utilizing high amounts of CBD, the ingredient of cannabis that combats the cancer. How’s Dahlia doing? Her mother says the 3-year-old is doing very well and is back to being a normal, happy, laughing toddler. She continues to undergo chemotherapy and cancer treatments but her mother believes that the Phoenix Tears are helping immensely. This form of treatment should continue to be studied as an alternative for chemotherapy, especially for children.

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Addy; Cannabis & Children

Addy; Cannabis & Children

As a parent, there are extreme lengths that one would go to in order to protect their child and make sure that they’re safe. Of course, it’s hard for a parent to do that when their child becomes ill, diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia at just three and a half months old. This is what happened to Addy Patrick, a little girl who is constantly suffering due to her condition. The condition causes blindness, hormonal dysfunction, and brain malformation, which leads to severe epileptic episodes.

Addy sleeps at least 19 hours a day and the time that she’s awake is filled with seizures, sometimes up to a dozen a day. The amount of seizures depends on the amount of medicine that she has in her system, but not all of the drugs that she has prescribed are working. The Patrick family has tried several different pharmaceuticals and none of them have helped their daughter. Instead, the drug wear the little girl out, leaving her drained and unenthusiastic. These ill effects are beginning to show signs of impact on Addy’s development, hindering her ability to walk and talk like a normal little girl.

In August, Addy’s parents began looking in to medical marijuana in order to help their daughter live a somewhat normal life. As of right now, Addy is not on medical marijuana yet but her parents are actively pursing cannabis as a treatment for their little girl. Hopefully, in the near future, this child will be able to get the medicine that she definitely needs, so that she can grow up a normal, healthy, happy little girl. There should be no negative side effects from her medicine, not like the tiring properties of the pharmaceuticals she’s on now. Cannabis should be her medicine, not these terrifying pills.

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Cora; Cannabis & Children

Cora; Cannabis & Children

At age six, Cora is a sweet little girl who suffers from Macrocephaly-Capillary Malformation. M-CM is a very rare multiple-malformation syndrome that causes the body and head to overgrow. This causes abnormalities in the skin, vascular system, the brain, and in the limbs. It also causes seizures, of which Cora has had multiple times a day since she was just five months old. She was put on seven different medications of the course of the next two and a half years, none of which seemed to get the seizures under control and by her third birthday, the episodes had dramatically increased, causing Cora’s parents to become extremely worried. They were told that their only option was brain surgery on their little girl.

When October 2013 rolled around, Cora was operated on and the doctors performed a right-sided hemispherectomy and corpus callosotomy. The surgeries left her unable to feed herself or even sit up on her own for that matter. With the hope that the surgery would decrease the episodes, the family lost hope three months later when the seizures returned. Since the family had tried basically everything, they began to look in to alternative treatments with the hopes that there might be something out there that would help.

Five months after the surgery, Cora started on a the Ketogenic diet but even though the effects have been improvements, the family is still struggling. Due to Cora’s M-CM, she has many obstacles to overcome including a double hip surgery, which was only half successful and still causes the child a great amount of pain. Thankfully, the idea of cannabis has been introduced to the family and their hope is that within a few months, they will be able to completely eradicate the pharmaceuticals completely, as well as the diet.

Cora’s parents wonder if things would have been different had they discovered cannabis sooner. They are thankful, however, that they have it now and they look forward to the positive effects that it will have on their daughter. Perhaps if cannabis had been introduced to Cora earlier, surgery couldn’t been avoided. But at least Cora is doing better now and she will be able to utilize cannabis in order to help her become a healthy child.

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Millie; Cannabis & Children

Millie; Cannabis & Children

Seeing a 2-year-old child get diagnosed with intractable infantile spasms isn’t something that a parent should have to go through but it’s a reality for the parents of Millie, a young girl with a rare form of early onset epilepsy in which the brain seizes constantly. This rare condition is called intractable by the medical community because they cannot be controlled with normal medication prescribed for epilepsy. Since Millie was just 3 months old, she has been on eight different medications, meaning that three quarters of her life has been spent taking powerful anti seizure medicines that aren’t even actually working.

When Millie started on the medications, she also started on a specific ketogenic diet designed to help control the body’s chemistry and the process of producing ketones to fuel the body as opposed to glucose. While a lot of patients find success with this diet, Millie was not one of those people. For the following nine months, she grew slowly and by her first birthday, was still wearing 3-6 month old clothing. While the diet is supposed to have positive effects, it can also cause patients to suffer from bone deterioration, making the users more prone to broken bones. In June of 2013, Millie’s body began going in to a state called metabolic acidosis, and due to a misdiagnosis, her kidneys shut down.

After a summer filed with blood transfusions, hospital stays, and a staph infection, the parents of Millie decided to investigate in to medical cannabis a bit more. Nothing seemed to be working this far. With few options left, looking in to cannabis was one of the only things that the family hadn’t tried for their daughter. The family uprooted themselves and moved from Cincinnati to Colorado, where Millie began to receive treatments of THCa oil for six weeks. The time period has shown that the seizures have decreased considerably, by 75-90%. The family also joined the waiting list to gain access to the incredible strain called Charlotte’s Web, developed especially for a child suffering from epilepsy but was awarded the strain upon Millie’s 2nd birthday. The family hopes that the combination of the oil and the Charlotte’s Web strain will be the right combination to help their little girl.

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Charlotte Figi Epilepsy Struggle

Charlotte Figi Epilepsy Struggle

Cannabinoids have been proven to help cure and assist with cancer. Since cancer is one of the most widely known and feared afflictions of today’s day and age, there isn’t a lot of attention spotlighted on other illnesses… Such as epilepsy. For those unfamiliar, epilepsy is a disorder that causes severe seizures. These seizures can cause damage to the person’s ability to function, as well as behavior. The illness is caused by a number of factors, some of which include an inherited genetic issue, a brain injury, or a brain tumor.

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Children in particular suffer a great deal when dealing with seizures. Since epilepsy causes disruptions in brain connections, it can cause memory issues when the sufferer attempts to learn new skills. The more intense seizures, the risk increases for permanent learning issues and behavior problems. Matt and Paige Figi say that their daughter Charlotte began having intense, long-lasting seizures when she was just 3 months old. If you have ever witnessed a child having a seizure, you know that it is one of the most heartbreaking things in existence. Even more so that the medicine given to these children may not always work and they continue to suffer.

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For two years, they had tried a ketogenic diet that’s been used to treat epilepsy. The diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrates, forcing the body to make extra ketones, natural chemicals that suppress seizures. The diet helped control the seizures, but the side effects were far from nominal: bone loss, weakened immune system, and behavioral problems that included eating pine cones. By the age of 2, Charlotte’s cognitive decline was noticeable, recalls Paige.

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Cannabis, however, seems to be a cure for this terrible disorder. Since the release of the CNN documentary WEED, more and more reports of families moving to Colorado are coming forth. These parents are moving to get their kids the medicine that they think works; cannabis. Charlotte Figi, a young girl with a severe type of epilepsy, was featured in the WEED documentary. Her parents are doing this in hopes of helping other children to overcome their seizures. Her mother, Paige, discovered the Realm of Caring, a group of people dedicated to producing cannabis with a high CBD level. And since CBD isn’t the chemical that makes you high and also happens to be the substance that assists with epilepsy symptoms, Paige and her husband decided that this was the best option for their daughter

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In the year and a half that Charlotte has been receiving CBD oil injections, she has shown a great improvement. During her first week on the treatments, Charlotte had zero seizures. The previous week had yielded 300 grand mal seizures. When the three month marker passed, the little girl was at a 90% seizure reduction, not to mention freedom from the not-so-helpful pharmaceuticals. At eight months, Charlotte had a 99+% seizure reduction. She is also eating on her own, as compared to the past where she was completely tube fed. Paige Figi says that Charlotte is doing much better. She is an active little girl and her brain is healing. All thanks to the wonders of cannabis.

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Every week or so, a news story comes out, telling the tale of another family looking for treatment for their child’s seizure disorder. They call themselves marijuana refugees, looking for the perfect cure. Without the negative effects of pharmaceuticals, cannabis offers a natural medicine that is helping children to live normal, happy lives. It lets their brains and behaviors develop correctly. Cannabis can really turn an epileptic child’s life around.

Charlotte Figi Epilepsy Struggle

Brave Mykayla’s Leukemia Fight

Brave Mykayla’s Leukemia Fight

The photograph of the little girl and her mother outside of a building, where the little girl is holding a sign that reads “cannabis cured my cancer” is famous in the stoner community. This little girl has been a cannabis patient for over a year now, as part of her treatment for an aggressive form of leukemia. She was diagnosed in July of 2012 and her father put her on a dose of cannabis. MyKayla gets a small amount of concentrated THC in pill form every day, along with her required chemotherapy treatment.

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The amount of improvement shown by this brave little girl is incredible. While some doctors credit her improved health to the chemo, the girl’s father and his girlfriend believe in the power of the plant. MyKayla uses the CBD to help her cope with the awful effects of the chemo. I believe that a child, especially, should be allowed (under doctor supervision) to be allowed to ingest cannabis to help with cancer and like illnesses. Chemotherapy is a severe way to treat cancer. Killing the good cells as well as the bad seems slightly futile to me. A child should be able to have a childhood, rather than spending it hooked up to machines and on a regimen of nasty pills.

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If cannabis continues to assist in the remission of cancer patients, then people will no longer be able to deny it’s ability to cure. There are other child patients that are benefiting from cannabis use, like Landon Riddle, a young boy in Colorado Springs. But, like Landon, MyKayla hasn’t improved without some speed bumps. Both children’s parents had CPS called on them when the cannabis treatment began. There are still some people that need convincing that replacing chemo with cannabis is an extremely positive thing.

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We should all understand that if we are diagnosed with any type of cancer we are faced as an individual with some significant decisions.  We will have to choose a cancer specialist, a hospital to be treated at, and how to cope with your family & friends while dealing with your treatment, but no one should have to decide on treating his/her Cancer by taking painful chemo therapy treatments while there is proven treatments through Marijuana that is pain free and efficient.  Cannabis becomes a more believable cure every day and not just for cancer. As the patients using cannabis improve, the cause becomes more legitimate. We’re not just ranting protesters. There are facts to back up our statements and it’s time that people start to listen.

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If children like MyKayla and Landon are getting help from cannabis, then it is possible that it’ll work for everyone. Curing cancer would be a huge win and would save so many lives, not to mention a lot of money. People would be able to live normal lives, even if they were going through chemo. Cannabis helps the patient to eat, sleep, and feel more healthy than without it. People will start to believe in the power of cannabis, whether they support it or not. Facts can’t be denied for long.

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Brave Mykayla’s Leukemia Fight

Jacob

Jacob; Children and Cannabis

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At age four, Jacob was diagnosed with a very rare form of dystrophy called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy. This disease causes a serious breakdown of the central nervous system, causing seizures and developmental issues. In 2006, the young boy suffered a Grand-Mal seizure that rendered him unresponsive. Reviving methods were taken to bring Jacob back and after that, Jacob has suffered multiple different kinds of seizure on an hourly basis, not to mention the episodes that are caused by the medicine that’s supposed to be helping.

Jacob didn’t have much hope when he was first diagnosed. According to doctors, children that suffer from this affliction usually don’t live past the age of six, due to complications from the onset of the symptoms, as this disease is considered terminal. But thankfully, Jacob is still alive today at age 13. He recently also started a CBD routine that has not only helped him to become seizure free but also pharmaceutical free. Jacob now experiences joy, happiness, better sleep, an improved appetite, and his eyes are able to focus much better. And that’s only the start of what Jacob’s family is noticing since the switch to CBD.

This little boy wasn’t expected to live past age six. Seeing as how he’s more than doubled that estimate, I would say that this story is one of the more tear-jerking ones. Such improvement in a young child is sure to help people see the wonders of cannabis. Children like Jacob need cannabis in order to get better. Let’s face it, the medicine that they have now is definitely not working. When a child suffers like this, it takes a huge toll not only on the child but the parents and other family members as well. With the help of cannabis, this family (along with many others) will be able to live happy lives.

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Jacob; Children and Cannabis