Pot Strain Helps Children With Seizures
The medical marijuana, “Charlotte’s Web” has doctors worried.
Families with seizure-stricken children are relocating to Colorado in hopes that “Charlotte’s Web,” a pot strain introduced to help children who suffer from the ailment, will also help their children recover the same way it has 7-year-old Charlotte Figi, whom the strain was named after. Two years ago Figi was bound to a wheelchair, suffering from 300 grand mal seizures a week, and ending up in the hospital on several occasions going into cardiac arrest. Now, she is happy and functional like any other healthy 7-year-old, and the Figi family credits “Charlotte’s Web” as the cure.
However, doctors aren’t too sure that it was the pot strain that helped little Charlotte Figi, claiming that there is no proof that it’s safe or effective. All there have been are stories. “We don’t have any peer-reviewed, published literature to support it,” Dr. Larry Wolk, the state health department’s chief medical officer told The Associated Press. And, Wolk isn’t the only one. Amy Brooks-Kayal, vice president of the American Epilepsy Society, isn’t sold on the pot strain, nor are scientists who have yet to figure out the kind of damage the cannabis could do to young brains. Still, Charlotte’s parents and a host of others are standing by the ‘miraculous’ drug as they continue to advocate medical marijuana statutes that would allow pot strains like “Charlotte’s Web” to grow.