When you’re a parent, you sometime have to make some tough decisions. The three moms featured in this article had to decide whether cannabis for kids would help or harm. And even when they chose CBD oil that won’t make their kids high, a lot of people only see the marijuana bogeyman. Fortunately, this stigma is changing. People are starting to realize that cannabis for kids (and moms) can be a cure. Three moms told Lift News their stories.
Reagan Repetski – seizures ended
Reagan gives her daughter cannabis oil for seizures. Before trying non-psychoactive CBD oil to stop the seizures, Gwenevere, now four years old, would have up to 30 seizures a day. Doctors tried nine different pharmaceuticals, but nothing worked. Gwen’s condition affected her development so badly that at the age of two she still couldn’t walk and could barely sit up on her own. Today, she can walk and run and even goes to kindergarten.
Reagan says the family has been open about their daughter’s CBD oil treatment. Because they’ve given people the facts, they understand that the cannabis oil Gwen gets isn’t a narcotic. Their son, Damien, understands that cannabis oil is his sister’s medicine, and the kindergarten staff is also aware of her treatment.
Dad Alexander is a member of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance where he is a committee member. He says the community is very interested in cannabis as an emerging treatment.
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Kunval H faced condemnation
Kunval’s son, Zen has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and lives with constant pain. In 2014, she began dosing Zen under medical supervision after doctors recommended it for seizures and pain. Despite this, she had to face a lot of criticism from friends. But she says the improvement in Zen’s health and quality of life make it all worthwhile.
She countered the backlash by “normalizing” cannabis. It’s medicine, not a drug. After providing more information to friends, some of them have also started using cannabis as a medicine. Kunval says people need to distinguish between cannabis as a medicine and cannabis as a drug. She uses cannabis oil for her anxiety and believes it can medicate most conditions.
Stephanie Karasick: well moms are better moms
Stephanie doesn’t give cannabis to her children. Instead, she uses it herself. The mother of one uses cannabis to treat her PTSD, anxiety, and depression. As an adult, she found that most people seemed to think she just wanted to get high. That’s not true. Stephanie sums up her situation by saying she uses cannabis to “get normal.”
As a mom, she’s told her child that cannabis is a medicine. She doesn’t use cannabis in front of children, but she says they’re aware she uses it to feel better.
When Stephanie first began to use cannabis, she faced a lot of criticism, but nowadays, she refuses to be shamed. She says people need to be informed and that’s just what she’s going out of her way to do these days. She’s even created a cannabis app that can help people to determine which strain is said to be best in their circumstances.
Cannabis for kids, cannabis for moms
There’s a worldwide rise in medical cannabis awareness in recent years. People are becoming aware that cannabis for kids isn’t tantamount to child abuse. They’re also starting to become more aware of the fact that not all compounds in cannabis are psychoactive. We do know that THC in greater or lesser amounts can offer benefits, but sometimes CBD with only trace amounts of THC is sufficient.
Cannabis compounds once commonly used as medicines are appearing in homes again, helping families to be happier and healthier. The image of the stoned hippie is beginning to fade, and moms like these are partly responsible for that.