14-year-old Branden Petro and his mom, Renee Petro, smiled with relief as Amendment 2 came into effect on the 3rd of January.
Mom who treated her son illegally knows cannabidiol can cure seizures
ABC Action News interviewed Renee Petro, a well-known medical marijuana activist from Florida. While the news team was at their home, Branden was running around laughing and playing. The next moment Renee noticed that Branden was about to have a seizure. She removed the microphone and rushed to her son’s aid his eyes rolled back and saliva started coming from his mouth. Branden was having a severe attack.
Renee administered a cannabis nasal spray, and in less than a minute the seizure passed. Can cannabidiol cure seizure? Renee’s answer would be an emphatic yes, and the news team would agree with her after what they witnessed.
Treating her son illegally for three years
Renee explained that she has been giving Branden medical marijuana since 2013, even though it was illegal in Florida. Branden has been on more than 20 pharmaceutical drugs to try and curb the seizures. Currently, Renee is weaning him off the latest prescription drug.
The pharmaceutical drugs did a lot of damage. Renee says it is a most frightening experience to have to call 911 because your son is losing his mind owing to the medication he is on.
Just recently, Branden went a full 30 days without a single seizure. What’s more, there was no more rage, aggression, suicidal thoughts, or sleeplessness. Branden developed Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) at the age of eight.
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Parents in Florida face 90-day wait
Petro says other parents who are in need of medical marijuana for their children will probably face a 90-day waiting period after a doctor has approved a child’s condition. The new law doesn’t mean that products high in THC will be available immediately. It might take 6 to 9 months. Legislators are still putting the rules and regulations in place, and logistics might change. The 90-day window period might even be dropped.
Branden’s health is improving
Petro says her son’s health is much improved. As his mother, she knows it’s true, and will brook no argument. She is happy other families in Florida will now have access to a treatment that has no unpleasant side-effects.
Petro hopes all parents battling to save their children from the misery of regular seizures will be given hope that there is relief in store. She firmly believes in cannabis for seizure control. Another Florida mom, Jacel Delgadillo, would agree. Her son suffered up to 300 seizures a day and was often in a “vegetative state” after using his medication. He now lives a normal life after being treated with medical cannabis.
Can cannabidiol cure seizure?
If anyone had to ask Renee Petro or Jacel Delgadillo, the answer would be: “Yes, cannabidiol can cure seizures.” Renee points out that some only report a reduction in seizures, but it’s still an improvement that makes a world of difference to the child and his or her family.