A three-year-old girl who is suffering 1,000 seizures a day was taken by her parents, 1,200 miles away from home, to where m*******a is legal — and it was worth it as the treatment has decreased her seizures to only three daily.
According to a report from Mirror, the toddler, Addyson Benton, was diagnosed with Intractable Myoclonic Epilepsy when she was only nine months old.
Doctors tried 10 types of medication; none of which was a success. When the child’s condition deteriorated, her parents, Heather and Adam, made the brave decision to relocate to Colorado, USA, where m*******a is legal. The family moved last March from West Chester, Ohio to Castle Rock, Colorado.
“It’s been difficult leaving family and friends. It was tough to say goodbye, but it’s been worth it seeing the success,” Heather said. Only within six hours, she and her husband have already noticed improvements – with Addyson’s seizures eventually dropping to just three a day.
“We were blown away. She was walking with ease and communicating – we are so excited for her future. We could have lost our daughter, we thought we were never going to find anything that would work for her and we just felt empty,” the mother said.
Addyson was prescribed an oil derivative of m*******a which is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that produces a high.
“It was my father that made us realize we had to go for it. He was round for dinner and Addyson was having a seizure. She was hitting her head against the table and my dad just asked ‘how long are you going to watch her hit her face before you move?'” Heather shared.
Meanwhile, the family has set up a campaign to help cover the medical costs for Addyson.
M*******a, or Cannabis, is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and an increase in appetite, according to Wikipedia. The possible side-effects include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, reddening of the eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety.
However, the National Institute on Drug A***e (NIDA) said, because m*******a contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses or symptoms, many people are arguing that should be made legal for medical purposes.
Moreover, scientists are now conducting preclinical and clinical trials with m*******a, as well as its extracts, to treat numerous diseases such as autoimmune diseases or diseases that weaken the immune system including HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other diseases like inflammation, pain, seizures, substance use disorders, and mental disorders.