Parents Find Miracles with Cannabis Medicine
These stories highlight successes that parents are having with medicinal cannabis. People are rediscovering the properties of this plant that used to be the main and most effective medicinal plant used the USA. Low THC content presents no dangers to users.
1. Kalel Santiago was diagnosed with severe non-verbal autism at the age of two. This occurred following two years of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the cancer neuroblastoma. His parents decided to look at alternative treatments to help their son with his autism. They found cannabis oil – and in just two days Kalel spoke for the first time in his life. Hemp oil, rich in the compound cannabidiol (CBD), according to many parents, dramatically eases symptoms of both epilepsy and autism. Kalel’s father Abiel says. “You can’t imagine the emotion we had, hearing Kalel’s voice for the first time. It was amazing. The teacher recorded him and sent it to my wife and me and we said well, the only different thing we have been doing is using the CBD.” Soon thereafter, he adds, Kalel started using consonants to connect his sounds. “He said, ‘amo mi mama,’ (I love my mom)” Abiel says. “I don’t know how to thank [the CBD oil makers].” Source
2. Cash Hyde was diagnosed with recurring brain tumors at 22 months old. His parents, Mike and Kalli defied doctor’s orders — and Montana law — to get their hands on the medicinal treatment their son.
“I’ve had law enforcement threatening to kick my door down, but I would have done anything to keep Cashy alive,” Mike Hyde told ABCNews.com.
Mike has not been arrested, although he said police have threatened him. Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh said “I can’t imagine we’d go out right away to arrest this dad for a drug offense. But there are other factors, including whether it’s appropriate for somebody to act independently of doctor’s orders…”
Cash was then weaned off a cocktail of drugs that included methadone, ketamine and morphine. He went through 30 rounds of radiation without one nausea or pain medication besides medical marijuana, according to his father. Mike Hyde said doctors were unaware he was giving his son marijuana. Then a second tumor appeared. But Cash went into remission.
Dr. Donna Seger said, “…one cannot assume the cannabis oil is responsible for the remission, or even the relief of pain.”
Cash “Cashy” Hyde died Nov. 14 at four years old, but his parents say he was never in any pain because of the cannabis oil. Source
3. Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with leukemia when she was seven. Her mother filed medical marijuana paperwork so the child could take lime-flavored capsules filled with cannabis oil.
Erin Purchase, MyKayla’s mother, believes marijuana has healing power, but doctors aren’t so sure it’s a good idea. “This is our daughter,” Purchase said. “If they don’t agree with our personal choices, we’d rather they not say anything at all.”
It’s legal for a minor to enroll in the Oregon medical marijuana program as long as the child’s parent or legal guardian consents and takes responsibility as a caregiver.
And Mykayla is not alone. There were currently four other patients enrolled in the Oregon medical marijuana program between the ages of 4 and 9, six between the ages of 10 and 14, and 41 between the ages of 15 and 17, according to the Oregon Public Health Division. Severe pain, nausea, muscle spasms and seizures are among the top conditions cited for medical marijuana use.
Mykayla didn’t do will on chemotherapy. Doctors said she might need a bone marrow transplant. Then she started taking the cannabis oil pills, her mother said. By early August, Mykayla was in remission and the transplant was no longer necessary. “I don’t think it’s just a coincidence,” Purchase said. Source
4. Landon Riddle is now officially in remission, and his mother Sierra Riddle of Colorado Springs, gives thanks to medical marijuana.
Landon went through nine months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Leukemia. During that nine month period, Landon lost most of his muscle mass and was extremely underweight. He spent most of his time sleeping or vomiting from the severe nausea caused by the chemotherapy. Sierra watched her son’s health deteriorate rapidly. The chemotherapy did not seem to be help Landon as much as it harmed him.
She decided to explore other options, and began researching medical marijuana. Sierra decided to move forward with cannabis therapy, and informed Landon’s doctors that he would no longer be using chemotherapy treatments. She soon found out that patients under the age of eighteen cannot refuse chemotherapy. Sierra had to agree to one session per month to keep Child Protective Services away.
She also, began giving Landon daily doses of cannabis treatment in the form of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. This oil has very little psychoactive THC. Landon responded to the cannabis therapy quickly, and he began eating again, his nausea subsided and his health was on the upswing. There were 300 medical marijuana patients under the age of eighteen in Colorado at the time. Now, at the age of four, Landon is cancer free, and no longer using chemotherapy. Source
Results with Autism
Autism in America has grown by several thousand percent six the 1960s. Parents of severely autistic children (and there are many thousands) are turning to medical marijuana for relief.
After seeing the results that epileptic children experienced, a growing number of parents are now reporting good results using CBD (cannabidiol).
A Brown University teacher, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of Somebody’s Daughter, documented her autistic son’s response to a synthetic cannabis. Her son went from self-harming behavior like banging his head to being able to ride a bike. She calls her experiment a qualified success.
Another mother, Mieko Hester-Perez, founded The Unconventional Foundation for Autism when she discovered that medical marijuana helped her autistic son. Nine-year-old Joey dropped down to 42 pounds, and was diagnosed with anorexia and malnutrition, conditions directly associated with the pharmaceuticals being used to treat his autism. The strain of cannabis used to turn his life around was called Joey’s Strain.
This story is similar to the story of the famous Charlotte’s Web cannabis strain, named after the little girl whose epileptic seizures were dramatically reduced after using this particular breed of cannabis.
Hemp Health is a company that imports CBD oil from outside the country and sells it through the mail. Since, it is derived form hemp and not marijuana no prescription is needed. It was their CBD spray that the Santiago’s used for Kalel. Katerina Maloney, a co-founder of HempHealth said, “We have a lot of epileptic patients calling us. Patients with cancer and pain. There are lots of different conditions.”
The issue is that few doctors will recommend it. Unlike epilepsy, where references to cannabis treatments dated as far back as 1843, when Dr. William O’Shaughnessy wrote, “In Cannabis, the medical profession has gained an anti-convulsive remedy of the greatest value.’ There is little research on autism and cannabis.
A 2013 study by Dr. Siniscalco found signs to suggest compounds found in cannabis could help to treat autism.
Piper Jaffray analyst Josh Schimmer who covers bio-tech companies has also made the connection. He noted that some forms of autism share similar features with epilepsy.
The Autism Research Institute starting connecting the dots too. They found that children with autism that used marijuana experienced an improvement in symptoms like anxiety, aggression, panic disorder, tantrums and self-injurious behavior.
GW Pharmaceutical spokesman Mark Rogerson said, “I’m afraid we have no current research going on in this area. We are aware of the interest in cannabinoid medicines and autism and our plans may change in the future.”
For any study that may be done in the future, there will be no shortage of patients be happy to sign up. Source