An Ontario mother has found the treatment for her child that works best: CBD for seizures, the Huffington Post reports. Her six-year-old Son, Tyler suffers from cerebral Palsy and a rare seizure disorder called Lennox Gastaut syndrome. Night after night, the distraught mother had to physically pin down her son as his body was wracked by seizure after seizure, but now Lennox sleeps soundly most nights thanks to CBD oil.
Mom turns to internet ‘cure’
None of the prescription medicines she obtained for her son worked, so Angele Vanier hit the internet in search of an alternative remedy. She found it after reading countless stories about children with seizure disorders whose parents had resorted to giving them CBD oil. She decided to try it, but like a sensible parent, she spoke to a doctor first.
He agreed that it might be worth trying, but cautioned her not to discontinue his other medications. But the results have been so good, that in consultation with the doctor, Vanier says she’s been able to gradually reduce the prescription drugs without endangering her child in any way.
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“Mom gives son marijuana”
Of course, that’s the way the press interprets it, but CBD oil is a far cry from the pot-head’s favourite marijuana. It contains so little THC that it doesn’t make the boy stoned at all, but even if it did, the benefits it has imparted have given her son “a new lease on life”, making it a defensible choice. Since the ‘drug’ doesn’t make the child high, the solution she’s found shouldn’t raise any ethical questions to speak of.
Dramatic reduction in frequency and duration of seizures
Although the strategy worked best was CBD oil for seizures, this shouldn’t be interpreted as a ‘cure’. Nevertheless, you Lennox would suffer up to 80 seizures a day, and each of them would last for up to 5 minutes. He still has seizures, but there’s been a dramatic reduction in both their number and duration. This is a very significant factor. In Lennox Gastaut syndrome, seizures generally worsen as the child gets older, eventually reaching a point where life is at risk.
Using CBD oil is legal, but you have to pay for it yourself
Although Canadians have had access to medical cannabis products such as CBD oil since the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in favour of access in 2001, there is no financial assistance for those who use it. Prescription drugs are covered, but not CBD oil. As a single mother on social security, Vanier has been struggling to afford the best CBD for seizures.
She argues that the cost of CBD oil should be covered by the state, and the fact that a CBD pharmaceutical is currently being trialled for childhood seizure disorders provides supporting evidence for her claim that CBD oil should be treated as any other medicine is. She also says that the prescription drugs which, though more expensive, are covered by state assistance, are not as effective in her opinion.
No unpleasant side effects
Before Tyler started receiving CBD he was taking increasing amounts of med that left him tired, irritable and depressed, but now that he’s using CBD oil, these meds have been reduced and Tyler is a cheerful child once again. “He’s far more alert than he used to be,” says Vanier. She also says that the drugs she formerly had to give him became less effective as time wore on, but that this doesn’t seem to be happening with the new CBD oil treatment.
CBD is medicine
A respected doctor told the Huffington Post that CBD is doing much to promote the acceptance of cannabis as a medicine thanks to its lack of the controversial high. It is currently being tested to determine how effective it might be as a treatment for a wide range of diseases. So judging from opinions from those who know best, CBD for seizures may become an accepted treatment, and if so, Vanier won’t have to dig deep in her empty pockets any more.