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Desperation Sends Families to Colorado for Treatment


June 8, 2016

As medical establishments and politicians slowly and reluctantly acknowledge the many benefits, families seeking treatment without the harsh and sometimes deadly side effects of modern pharmaceuticals are moving to Colorado. Here, they can secure effective medicine without breaking the law. Marijuana dispensaries in Denver assist those families in providing alternative solutions to ineffective and harsh pharmaceutical treatments.

Anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana, CBD oil in particular, treats many debilitating and even fatal conditions is mounting.

USA Today recounts the situation of a family who moved to Colorado when FDA-approved medicines failed to calm a 2-year-old child diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, which cause as many as 400 seizures daily. The article states: “After researching her condition, the Burriesci family learned about a strain of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web that has been helping other kids with intractable seizures.” The deciding factor of Charlotte’s Web is its high CBD content and low THC levels. CBD is not psychoactive, so patients taking the treatment don’t get high.

The newspaper explains: “Cannabinoids work by hijacking normal brain circuitry. In other words, they are very similar to substances our own brains naturally make called endocannabinoids, which serve to quiet excessive activity, whether it’s in the immune system, the gut or the nervous system.”

Marijuana treatment for that little girl hasn’t cured her, but it has reduced the number and severity of her seizures. Other families see similar benefits. USA Today states that “Results like that are what have brought nearly 200 families to Colorado.” The Realm of Caring corroborates the influx of marijuana refugees to Colorado. The Realm of Caring is a strong proponent of cannabinoid therapies. They work with hospitals, doctors, and researchers; host informational classes to the public, offer financial assistance to clients, and engage in political activism to expand access to families in need.

Some call families such as this “marijuana refugees.” It recounts the story of 3-year-old Ezra who was affected by more than 300 seizures daily: “Doctors pumped him full of medicines, which along with the near-constant seizures left him in a catatonic state, sleeping 21 hours a day.  He went 4 months without crying.” Close to his second birthday, the boy’s family moved to Colorado for marijuana treatment. They specifically targeted the Charlotte’s Web strain because of its low THC and high CBD levels. They credit pot with reducing the boy’s seizures to fewer than 10 seizures daily and improving his quality of life.

Only one-third of children benefit from treatment with marijuana extract to calm seizures. The efficacy of medical marijuana varies by patient, but demand for low-THC, high-CBD marijuana is strong and growing. The preferred strain for treatment is a sativa-dominant strain, Charlotte’s Web, developed by the Stanley brothers in Colorado. Medical professionals warn that evidence of efficacy is inconclusive and marijuana’s reputation as a miracle cure shouldn’t be taken to heart. They also point out that no research has been performed that measures the long-term effects of medical marijuana on growing bodies and brains. However, parents caring for children suffering severe epilepsy and other debilitating conditions figure that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Anti-seizure medicine prescribed for children, particularly those with severe forms of epilepsy, comes with its own costs beyond the pocketbook. CNN reports that such medicines turn children practically catatonic, taking away the ability to speak and eat. Denver marijuana dispensaries offer cannabinoid extracts to treat pain, inflammation, epileptic seizures, and nausea. Leafly offers a list of CBD-rich strains.

If you or someone in your family is seeking relief from pain, inflammation, seizures, and nausea without the psychoactive effects, Altitude Dispensary offers CBD-rich products in sativa, indica, and hybrid varieties. Call (303) 756-8888 for more information.
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