Every parent wants what’s best for their kid’s, whether they deserve it or not and are constantly preparing for the worst. Some parent’s are more cautious than others but sometimes it’s for a particular reason. Some have to live their lives worrying with fear, wondering if they’re going to say their last good bye to their child every minute of everyday. That’s what Matt and Paige Figi had to go through with their daughter charlotte who whas diagnosed with dravet syndrome ( A form of infant’s epilepsy). She would have 300 episodes a week or a seizure every 5-15 min. Her episodes started as early as 3 months of age, lasting anywhere from half an hour up to four hours long. At times there was nothing they could do, no medication could stop it. All they could do is hope that they get to the E.R. on time to start C.P.R. After reviewing her medical history for a year and a half now, her doctor made a remark stating,”we have reached the end of the line with medical options for charlotte there is nothing else we can do.” Which is exactly what Paige thought until she met a marijuana farmer, Josh Stanley who grew a cannabis sativa plant and named it charlottes web after her, it contained the highest percent of CBD (which is a non-psychotic cannabinoid found in marijuana) that stops the progression of epilepsy. Under the supervision of Dr. Alan Shackelford they noticed that after a week of starting small doses of CBD they saw a 99% deduction to her seizures and began to give charlotte her life back. Before charlotte was catatonic, not being able to talk move or even eat (which is hard for a toddler) and after the CBD treatment she is more responsive. Most people think of marijuana like a type of euphoria when in reality, it’s beneficial for a medical purpose which is why I believe it should be legal for medical use.
Marijuana has been proven to not only stop the progression of epilepsy, but for positive therapeutic purposes as well. Over the centuries the plant cannabis sativa uses have been prescribed to patients to treat pain, asthma, dysentery, it abolishes convulsions and spasms, and suppresses nausea and vomiting (Mechoulam,1986). It has also been used as an emotional relief to help people who were prone to depression, anxiety or PTSD. It has also been used to boost creativity. The strain indica is more known to help people who have struggles with insomnia On the other hand, several studies have demonstrated that the administration of Δ9-THC promotes sleep (Feinberg, Jones, Walker, Cavness, & Floyd, 1976; Feinberg, Jones, Walker, Cavness, & March, 1975), whereas CBD induces contradictory results. For instance, Monti (1977) showed a reduction in sleep, and later Carlini and Cunha (1981) reported an improvement of sleep in insomniacs. The psychotropic plant cannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is an approved appetite-enhancing drug. The CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonist SR141716A blocks the effects on feeding produced by the endocannabinoids. THC enhances appetite in animals. The same effect is observed in animals and in humans. If administered to mice pups, this antagonist blocks suckling. In obese humans, it causes weight reduction.( Volume 95, Issue 2, August 2002, Pages 185–190)
When the word marijuana comes to mind people automatically assume the typical type of smokers or “stoners” like Cheech and Chong that use and abuse it for recreational use but What they don’t know is that there is different types of strains (sativa, indica) and uses that can benefit a specific disorder/disease depending on the percent of CBD and THC (which is a psychoactive constituent of cannabis). Just like there are different types of prescription drugs for different disorders/ diseases. The only difference is that marijuana is organic and has no major side effects unlike prescription drugs. They can argue and say that people will abuse their right to use it ( like any other prescription drug) but we can always regulate the laws and use it only for medical purposes. There is also different ways uses as well. You don’t necessarily have to become a smoker. There are herbal teas and edibles infused with THC and CBD, and they also make lotions for those with joint pain or any type of muscle pain.
Unlike booze, marijuana isn’t a neurotoxin, and unlike cigarettes, it has an uncertain connection to lung cancer. Unlike heroin, pot brings almost no risk of sudden death without a secondary factor like a car crash. Why is it that cigarettes are legal when they cause 443,000 annual deaths, has no medical purpose, are addictive and cause cancer, whereas marijuana is illegal, cures cancer, non addictive, and has been used medically throughout history. But because of years of government roadblocks on research, we don’t know nearly enough about the dangers of marijuana—or the benefits states are now rushing to legalize pot and unwind a massive criminalization effort, the federal government is trying to play catch-up on the science, with mixed success. The only federal marijuana farm, at the University of Mississippi, has recently expanded production with a $69 million grant in March, and Volkow has expressed a new openness to studies of marijuana’s healing potential. In the coming months, Uncle Sam will begin a 10-year, $300 million study with thousands of adolescents to track the harm that marijuana, alcohol and other drugs do to the developing brain. High-tech imaging will allow researchers for the first time to map the effects of marijuana on the brain as humans age. (time magazine Vol. 185 Issue 19, p38-45. )
Would you rather give your kids countless pills a day to cure 1 disorder that’ll most likely cause side affects and liver damage or would you give your child the chance of a natural remedy with no side affects. The choice is yours to have your voice heard and puff puff pass proposition 64 by voting yes and legalize marijuana or go test it out for yourself and see the positive changes by visiting your local dispensary. It not only helps cancer patients cope with the nausea and vomiting of chemotherapy but also helps veterans with PTSD and others with depression and anxiety. Help us innovate pharmaceuticals by looking to the future of natural medicines.