For the Merrow family, it’s off to Colorado where their baby boy can get CBD oil legally. In Missouri, this plant extract is illegal, even though it would be a sorry disappointment for anyone hoping to get a recreational high. But relocating makes sense for the Merrow family, Fox News reports. At the moment, they risk facing arrest and criminal charges. Why do they do it?
Life threatening seizures
The Merrow family are sacred of losing their two year old son. He used to have as many as 15 seizures every day of his young life. His parents fear that one more such seizure could spell the end for their son, and all the medicines they’ve used up to now simply haven’t worked.
And even if their child were to survive the deadly threat his seizures present, his illness has set his development back to the point where at more than 2 years old, he still can’t walk.
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Parents risk arrest for giving their baby CBD oilThe Merrows are good parents, and they realized that using CBD oil, a still unproven treatment for childhood seizures, would be controversial. After all, it’s still medical cannabis, even if the high is absent. To help others understand why they’ve taken this radical step, the child’s father has made a video of his baby having a seizure. He says that a look at his video will show why he’s willing to go to prison for using a treatment that hasn’t been fully tested and that is illegal in his state.
Young Dominique Merrow has a rare disorder: Sturge Weber Disease. It causes glaucoma and seizures – and nothing the doctors could prescribe had any positive effect. That was until Dominique’s parents started dosing the infant with CBD oil. He still has seizures, but they’re only happening once a week on average – a huge improvement on the 15 seizures a day they’d come to expect as ‘normal’.
Now the family are packing up and moving to Colorado so that they can still be law-abiding citizens, even though they’re using CBD oil on their baby boy.
By no means the first report of CBD oil success from parentsThe story of Charlotte Figi, a 5-year-old suffering from a different chronic seizure disorder to Dominique’s, and many others from around the world, support The Merrows’ claims. There’s even a pharmaceutical CBD oil extract that’s currently in the process of getting FDA approval for the treatment of seizures in children.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t still concerns. The FDA is hesitant to approve CBD for pediatric seizure disorders until it has full scientific proof, both for its efficacy and safety. That’s the FDA’s job. It’s what they do. In general, we’re thankful that they’re there to prevent dangerous medicines and sheer quackery from hitting the mainstream.
But for many, progress in confirming or refuting the benefits of CBD oil or even the ‘stronger’ THC forms of medical cannabis that have side-effects, is much too slow. That’s why many states are allowing medical cannabis programs prior to conclusive findings.