“Charlotte’s Web Cannabis” Impact on Dravet Syndrome

Hemp has been a commonly known plant for some centuries. But that has not been the case for all of the 113 cannabinoids that it contains. CBD’s history is much shorter. It was not until 1942 when the first molecule of this compound was isolated. Since then, its usage and importance have changed significantly.

CBD has always been suspected of containing “healing” and medical properties, but it was not until the 21st century when that became a reality. Now, CBD has become a life-altering substance for a variety of people, suffering from rare diseases.

For example, those suffering from two strange types of epilepsy: Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.

There was no actual cure for those diseases, but in 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first drug that was able to stimulate neural responses to combat the seizures.

Charlotte Figi – Dravet Syndrome

We would like to present to you the case of Charlotte Figi, a girl that was born in October, 2013.

She suffered her first seizure attack in April 2014, when she was only 6 months old. Doctors could not find the answer to her problems, they were overwhelmed by her symptoms.

After carrying out all the tests they could think off, the doctors had no other choice but to send her home. But far from what they expected, Charlotte got progressively worse. The seizures, which lasted more than 30 minutes, became uncontrollable and affected her brain, causing muscle spasms.

Charlotte was finally diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome.

Since the doctors were not able to help, her parents started carrying out extensive research on possible treatments that could save their daughter’s life. Unfortunately, none of the traditional means seemed to offer a solution.

Charlotte’s parents had always supported the anti-legalization movement regarding medical marijuana and that is why they never even thought of it as an option. However, after watching a video online, they started considering it as a choice. 

Finally they decided to try Cannabis as a treatment. Although the process was not easy at all. They needed the voting support of two doctors, so Charlotte could be signed up for the program. At that point in time, there had been no research done on the interactions between CBD and children. This was either to be a break through in medical research, or a serious altercation of a child’s well-being.

During the CBD-treatment, Charlotte’s condition got much better, stopping most of the seizures and helping her get her life back.

Because of that, Paige, Charlotte’s mother, decided to contact the largest cannabis breeders of Colorado to develop a high CBD-concentration strain that could be used to treat people suffering from the same disease that Charlotte had.

Resulting in the creation of the Charlotte’s Web strain.

Now CBD has been proven by a lot of research that, without causing major side effects, it can regulate epileptic seizures. Because of that, not only Charlotte, but a lot of people will be able to live a normal life free of seizures.

CONCLUSION

CBD has become a worldwide known compound, not because of the bad reputation of the plant it comes from, but because of its incredible properties.

CBD has changed t

he lives of all the people suffering from this specific type of epilepsy, giving them the opportunity of having normal lives. And yet still, its medical usage is being disputed or even banned in many countries.

We live in an era of open-mindedness and tolerance, shouldn’t we give CBD and all of its properties a chance? Shouldn’t we also be open for other substances we do not know well yet?