Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.
But Florida’s Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte’s Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.
Paige Figi is a Colorado mom whose young daughter Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome. It’s a debilitating genetic disease that left the little girl unable to walk, talk or eat. Figi says an oil extracted from a particular strain of marijuana has helped save her daughter’s life.
“Charlotte is doing great,” says Figi, who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to testify at a legislative hearing. “She’s two years in to treatment. I would have brought her here, but she can’t leave Colorado.”
That’s because the marijuana extract her daughter depends on can’t legally be transported across state lines.
It’s from a variety of marijuana with very little tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary component that produces the high. Instead, the strain has very high amounts of another compound — cannabidiol, or CBD.
A few years ago, Figi told legislators, her daughter was having 300 seizures a week. After trying every drug and therapy she and her husband could think of, they started Charlotte on a marijuana extract that contained high amounts of CBD. She takes just a few milligrams of the oil each day in her food.
The results have been dramatic, Figi says. “She’s 99 percent — almost 100 percent — seizure-free,” she adds. “She has about one or two seizures a month now, [down] from 1,200.” Continue reading NPR: “Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures”