Sadie Higuera, now almost four years old, was not supposed to live longer than three months. She was born with, Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome, a rare neurodegenerative disease. Her organs and bones didn’t develop as they should either. She had tumors on her spine and liver, and she had on average 300 seizures a day. Konbini spoke to Sadie’s dad, Brian Higuera, about how CBD oil saves lives.
More than life-changing, life-giving CBD oil
Brian says that people often talk about “life-changing effects,” but for Sadie, it wasn’t just life-changing. It was life itself. At eight months old, medical doctors gave up, and had nothing more to offer the family. They suggested medication that would lead to a slow death.
The family had a week to decide. It was then that Brian discovered anecdotal evidence on the healing effects of CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in hemp. At first, he was afraid he would put his family at risk, as cannabis is still illegal under federal law.
A matter of life and death
The Higueras had to make a life or death decision, and the alternative to CBD was unthinkable. They decided they had to do what they could to save their little girl. Perhaps she stood a chance with CBD, and if she did, it had to be better than a lingering death.
From the very first CBD treatment Sadie had, Brian noticed a difference. Her hands stopped trembling. Within minutes, she reacted to voices and smiled. These were tremendous changes.
No more seizures
Within two months all Sadie’s tumors were gone, and the seizures stopped. Their doctors wouldn’t recommend or encourage the use of CBD oil because they could lose their licenses.
As a result, it was not easy for the Higueras to find a doctor at first. A few doctors even hung up on their phone calls, but eventually, they found a sympathetic doctor. After seeing Sadie’s CBD miracle in action, the family started attending conventions and important meetings with councils as proponents for medical cannabis.
A goal to speak to Trump about how CBD oil saves lives
The family has made it their goal to meet with President Trump to tell him Sadie’s story. If he could meet her, and see for himself how cannabis has saved her life, maybe he would change his mind and the law. There is currently a petition at Change.org asking President Trump to hear her story first-hand. If you would like to support the Higueras, you can also tweet Trump using #sadiemeetstrump.
Brian says his family and many other families are acting against federal law. It is always at the back of his mind. He asks himself: if it was Trump’s child or some head of the FDA’s child suffering, and they had no other option, would they have changed the law?
Brian says he wants to scream from the rooftops how CBD oil saved Sadie’s life. We hope that cannabis politics will one day stop influencing the way people see CBD, a compound that may change many lives without making anybody high. We can’t say for sure how CBD might have helped Sadie, or whether there was some unaccountable miracle. But her family is convinced that CBD oil saves lives. They say it’s the reason she’s alive today.