The International Business Times reports that families from all over the US and even from other countries such as Ireland are becoming “CBD oil refugees”. In an effort to determine just why this is happening, IBT dug a bit deeper, and uncovered heart-rending stories of families with seriously ill children seeking this form of medical cannabis.
These children have undergone all the conventional treatments without finding relief or a cure, and their parents hope that CBD oil may have the answers – it’s the only avenue they haven’t tried yet. Relocating from hundreds and even thousands of miles away would be a small price to pay if the cures they so desperately seek can be found.
CBD oil sought for seizure disorders and more
Colorado medical cannabis refugees aren’t looking for a substance that will make their children stoned. CBD doesn’t have that effect – it even counteracts the effect of THC. But there is so much confusion surrounding this cannabis extract that few realize it isn’t the same as cannabis products that are used recreationally to obtain a high.
Having exhausted all the more mainstream options, parents of children suffering from problems ranging from brain tumors to seizure disorders feel that it’s worth taking their chances in order to find out if CBD oil will help.
Seizure disorders are one of the commonest ailments that prompt the move. One family said CBD oil was even suggested by their child’s neurologist – but since they were unable to obtain it in Kansas, the family was forced to pack up and move to Oregon. It was that or place their child in a hospice while her conventional anti-seizure medication continued to destroy her pancreas.
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Will they find the cure they hope for?
Stories such as that of Charlotte Figi, whose name has become a byword for CBD oil, give parents hope. The medical fraternity is also taking CBD oil for seizures seriously. GW Pharmaceuticals is currently testing a CBD-based drug to see if it will help children with seizure disorders that don’t respond to ordinary drugs. But whether the families of the sick children will experience success with CBD oil remains in question. A minor study reported a 47% chance of reducing seizures by 50% or more, but parents are undeterred. For them, any chance of easing their children’s suffering is better than no chance.
How many people are making the move?
IB times reports that it’s difficult to determine exactly how many families are relocating to Colorado for CBD oil. It says it knows of around 400 specific cases, but there may be many more. With a lot of people failing to make the distinction between THC rich marijuana and CBD oil, many ‘refugees’ may be remaining silent to avoid being stigmatized as parents who give their kids pot. Other families are less reticent, and most of these people are angry that they’ve had to go to such lengths to obtain CBD oil for their kids.
Should all this be necessary?
CBD oil isn’t recreational pot. Nobody actually gets any kind of kick out of using it. It certainly isn’t a registered medicine, at least not yet, but with a possibility of helping and no current evidence of harm, people are going to great lengths to get it. Should CBD oil be this difficult to obtain? Share your opinion!