Jai Whitelaw’s mom, Michelle, says she’s sure cannabis saved her son’s life. Her main concern about cannabis and children is that sick kids aren’t getting the cannabis medicines they need.
Jai, now 12 years old, was diagnosed with three forms of rare epilepsy and was taking 35 pills a day, but still had up to 500 seizures daily. Cannabis oil changed all that.
Little Jai spent only 5 – 12 weeks a year out of hospital for most of his young life, and was finally sent home to die. Doctors told Michelle there was nothing more they could do for Jai. “Just give him love,” they told her. But Michelle gave him something else too: cannabis. The Guardian published her moving story after an in-person interview.
He was at death’s door
On several occasions, Jai suffered broken bones because of falling when he had seizures, and on numerous occasions, his dad or siblings had to perform CPR on him. It was a completely life-changing experience when the family finally got in contact with Tony Bower.
Tony is no stranger to medical cannabis. He supplies medicine to more than 200 sick children. Tony didn’t even want payment for the medicine he gave Jai. He only asked that Michelle document the tinctures and the effect they had on Jai’s seizures.
Within two days: no seizures
After only two days of medical marijuana, the seizures stopped. It was a dramatic change, and Jai’s family could hardly believe what they were seeing. Jai has been seizure-free for 700 days. The results were so remarkable that Michelle took Jai back to his specialist for tests, which showed that he was no longer at risk.
Cannabis and children may be a controversial topic, but in the face of such a miracle, it would be hard to say that kids like Jai shouldn’t get a treatment that actually works when pharmaceuticals don’t.
Cannabis and children: health without the high
After many years of hearing stories about kids who are seizure-free after using cannabis oil, one would be hard-put to judge parents even if the cannabis oil they gave their kids made them high. But the most ridiculous thing about the cannabis and children controversy is that quite often, a form of cannabis oil that couldn’t possibly make them stoned works.
Strange though it may seem, moms like Michelle are breaking the law by giving their kids an innocuous substance that wouldn’t be of interest to any stoner. Despite cases like Jai’s, and despite mainstream studies on the CBD cannabinoid for seizure control, laws remain unchanged.
A new life without an expiry date
Michelle says there was an “expiry date” on Jai’s life. He has exceeded that. He has not been admitted to hospital for a very long time now, and he is having a normal life like any other 12-year-old. Instead of “reefer madness,” cannabis has brought normality into Jai and Michelle’s family life.
Michelle wants to see other families benefitting from the miracle that transformed her home-life. Jai, who had been waiting for death, is alive and thriving, and she thinks that’s all the evidence anyone could ever need.
There is enough evidence for laws to change
Michelle says the medical fraternity’s and the government’s argument that too little is known about the consequences of medical marijuana use is very, very wrong. Why can’t they listen to people like Tony who has helped so many of his patients as a medicine maker? He can provide all the proof that is needed. Cannabis and children: is it right? What if the only alternative is protracted suffering and death?