Mother Charlotte, and her son, 11-year-old Billy Caldwell, won’t have to travel to the US just to get cannabis oil to treat his severe epilepsy. In the past, the family has had to part for months on end so that Billy can get his cannabis oil treatment. Now, Billy can get his medical cannabis for epilepsy at home.
The Irish News covered the happy story about Billy now receiving the crucial medication he needs to survive on home ground, from an Irish based company. After the government recently legalized medicinal marijuana in the Republic, patients can apply for approval. The minister of health can approve CBD or THC treatments ahead of doctors being registered to prescribe medical marijuana.
Billy had to go to the US to get his cannabis meds
Doctors didn’t expect Billy to survive, but his mom took him to Chicago to receive his first medical marijuana treatment.
When his condition got worse again last summer, Charlotte decided to take him to California where cannabis is legal, not only for medicinal use but also recreationally. He received oil made from the cannabis plant, and that stopped his seizures.
Coincidentally, Charlotte’s Web, the high CBD/ low THC cannabis oil he used, celebrates Charlotte Figi, a little girl who suffered from Dravet syndrome, a kind of epilepsy with severe seizures. Billy’s mom is also called Charlotte.
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They ended up homeless
Charlotte and her son ended up homeless after all the money they spent all the money they had on his treatment. They returned home, passed through customs with a supply of cannabis oil. Plucky Charlotte could have faced arrest if customs agents had caught her because cannabis is a Class B drug. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, she could have received a sentence of up to five years in prison.
When your child is dying, you don’t think about legalities
Charlotte says that when your child’s life is at stake, the last thing crossing your mind is whether the medicine saving him is legal or not. She is over the moon that Billy will now legally receive his cannabis medication in Ireland. Billy is the first patient in Ireland to receive the cannabis-based medication legally.
Billy is much better after using medical cannabis for epilepsy
Billy’s condition has improved dramatically. Dr. James Linden who provided Billy with the treatment is considered his hero. Dr. Linden says the amount of THC in the medicine prescribed for Billy’s condition is negligible. Since he needs very little of the oil, he will never get high.
Patients fear breaking the law
Dr. Linden is grateful that the UK is starting to consider treating people with cannabis-based medicines. He commented on THC being the compound that causes a “high,” but many prescription drugs also cause a “high.” Some doctors even prescribe ketamine to patients.
Many patients are at risk because they fear they can’t have access to cannabis-based medication without breaking the law, says Dr. Linden. However, for Charlotte and Billy, there’s a happy ending. Medical cannabis for epilepsy worked wonders, and now he can get it without leaving home for a distant country.