Charlotte Figi’s Story Brings Families to Colorado for Her Medical Marijuana Strain

Charlotte Figi, in darker daysIn August, the remarkable
of Charlotte Figi, a now 7-year-old girl whose dangerous,
frequent seizures resisted all treatments until medical marijuana,
prompted CNN’s medical expert
Sanjay Gupta
to overcome his own resistance to the drug’s

CBS News follows up to note that apparently dozens of
other families are now making the trek to Colorado in order to get
access to the same strain of marijuana, known as “Charlotte’s Web,”
for children also suffering from rare epileptic disorders that are
defying treatment. They spoke to another family who came to
Colorado and saw similarly effective results:

The family of 20-month-old Maggie Selmeski moved from Tennessee
to Colorado last November seeking Charlotte’s Web. Her mom, Rachel,
told CBS News’ Teri Okita that her daughter would suffer up to 500
seizures a day, and epilepsy medication did not help. However,
Charlotte’s Web has reduced the seizures drastically, she said.

“I can watch people’s face as I tell them we’re giving her
cannabis oil, and it’s like … a little questioning,” she

And then, of course, all this good news is followed by this
sentence: “Doctors warn there is no proof that Charlotte’s Web is
effective, or even safe.” Another doctor pointed out there’s no
“peer-reviewed study” yet. It’s the kind of statement that tends to
fall on the deaf ears of parents whose kids are having hundreds of
seizures that defy all treatment and who are diplomatically being
told not to get terribly attached to their progeny. These aren’t
ulcer treatments the parents are looking for, and based on the
reporting on children with this rare version of epilepsy, it’s not
like they’re giving up tried-and-true conventional medical
treatments for homeopathic remedies or magic crystals. Modern
medicine was unable to fix these problems. What else are the
parents supposed to do? (And do we need to get into how the lack of
research into the effectiveness of marijuana as a medical treatment
is a direct consequence of the country’s own drug policies in the
first place?)

Read more and watch the CBS segment

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