While far from a panacea, marijuana remains a very useful medical tool. As yet another example of this, three-year-old Addyson Benton, a sufferer of seizures, has dramatically improved following her family’s move from Ohio to Colorado, where she could begin a medical marijuana regime.
Doctors diagnosed the three-year-old Benton with Intractable Myoclonic Epilepsy when she was 9 months old. According to her aunt, Addyson’s first EEG showed that she “was seizing over 1,000 times a day,” and even on anti-seizure medicine, that number was still around 70.
Then she began using medical marijuana, and everything turned around.
The Medical Marijuana Battle
The idea of medical marijuana dates back to antiquity. The compound is one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs in Chinese “herbology,” and while traditional Chinese medicine is a crank pseudoscience, some elements of it have proved lasting — marijuana being one of them.
The first person credited with introducing the concept of medical marijuana to the west was Irish physician William Brooke O’Shaughnessy.
In the United States, marijuana was legal right up until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which led to an effective ban that wouldn’t be questioned until California legalized medical marijuana in 1996.
Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Colorado is one of those states.
The Medicine in Action
The situation for Addyson Benton changed when she and her family moved to Colorado and Addyson began taking oil made from a strain of marijuana.
The active ingredient is cannabidiol, or CBD, which is non-psychoactive. CBD has other uses as well; doctors can use it to decrease social anxiety and, like most anti-seizure medications, they can use it as an anti-psychotic to treat schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. The strain is low in the tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Her parents note that within six hours of taking her first dose, there was a noticeable improvement. They said that she was able to manage her motor capabilities better, and could walk without falling as well as interact with others.
A few weeks later, her mother said that it was “fantastic” and, “Her seizures have gone from around 100 noticeable seizures a day to the other day I think we counted 19. We were down to 19.”
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