The first World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo (WMCCE) saw 3000+ visitors and interested parties pass though Pittsburgh last month. The city is fast losing its “Steel City” status as 1,600 tech firms are redefining it. The Expo saw parents telling their stories of how CBD helps sick children. Entrepreneur.com went and had a look.
The governor approved a medical marijuana program a year ago and the state became the 24th permitting medical marijuana. The Pittsburgh School of Medicine received allocates for cannabis research. The law provides for publicly funded, state-run research studies to look into the efficacy of treating the 17 qualifying conditions.
Groundbreaking research dispelled entrenched myths. This included a study on male subjects between the ages of 15 and 26 consuming cannabis. It was found they were not at higher risk of maladjustment later in adulthood. Another first was a study that found marijuana smoking has little or no adverse effects on a person’s health.
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Maybe this is why the first WMCCE was held in Pittsburgh. There were many MDs present and doctors as well as nursing staff earned Continuing Medical Education Credits for attending the courses that were presented. The expo offered a refreshing perspective on cannabis, with the theme being; “Recreational users sometimes forget cannabis heals”.
Chief medical correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta once apologized to an audience for being part of terrible system misleading the public about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. The doctors and experts present at the WMCCE, seemed to be peeling away at the stigma held for decades.
Three children’s parents tell how CBD helps sick children
Three parents went on stage to bear witness to the miraculous results achieved through CBD oil produced from cannabis. This type of cannabis is ideal for kids because it does not make them high, but controls life-threatening seizures.
First was Lillyann Baker, who suffered traumatic brain injury at seven weeks. Her days turned into one seizure upon another. No prescription drug had any effect. Her mom researched hemp oil, and after six months, and five different types of oil, the seizures were reduced. In February, Lillyann celebrated a year free of seizures.
Next was Harper Howard’s mom, Penny. Harper was born with a disorder called CDKL5, which caused her to have 40 or more uncontrollable seizures daily. She was on a combination of 10 prescription drugs at one stage. Penny found CBD oil after she watched Dr. Gupta’s documentary on cannabis. Within two weeks, Harper’s seizures were eliminated, and she and her family had quality of life for the first time. Harper passed away in 2016, but her legacy lives on. Her parents donated her organs to research on autism and CDKL5.
Grace Elizalde, and her dad, Raul are something like national heroes in Mexico. Raul sued the government over CBD cannabis oil being illegal and won the case. This led to government granting permits for the import of cannabis products and eventually to the decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of cannabis. Most recently, the government passed a bill that permits marijuana cultivation for medical or scientific purposes.
Grace suffers from Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), a debilitating form of epilepsy. She had up to 400 seizures a day, and tried 19 different medications. She had no life said Raul, until CBD cannabis oil stopped the seizures.
It’s inspiring to hear about how CBD helps sick children, but it’s also wonderful to know that parents need no longer fear stigmatization just because they help their kids with CBD oil. The world is finally beginning to understand what they were doing and why they did it, and when one hears about gravely ill kids getting better, it’s the best feeling of all.