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Thu Sep 12, 2013, 12:16 AM Sep 2013

Another child seizure-free with cannabis treatment [View all]

“It’s Not About Politics. It’s About my Son’s Health.”

“He had 200 seizures the night before we began his cannabis regimen, and none the next day.”

Colorado Springs, Colorado mother of two, Heather Jackson: “By the time the fourth conventional drug didn’t work, you have a .8% chance of any other pharmaceutical working,” Jackson told me there on the statehouse steps. “Those are just the facts. I was desperate after the fourth drug failed – that was Felbatol.”

But Jackson, working with Zaki’s neurologist Dr. Brian Grabert and networking with other parents of epileptic children, kept researching options. “By this point, in late 2010, we’d tried plenty of remedies that might be considered alternative, from chiropractics to acupuncture,” she said. “I came to cannabis, with no experience with it, the same way I came to every pharmaceutical and other treatment that we tried: after tons of research. I brought it to Dr. Grabert and we probably discussed it for a year. By the end of 2011 Zaki’s EEG was not looking good. He was in a real valley. He would stop breathing during some of his seizures, which was terrifying. So I showed up at the doctor’s appointment holding our (state cannabis program) application, and told Dr. Grabert that he could sign it or not. He said ‘it’s worth a try.’ Thank God for that.”

Using an orally administered tincture made from a CBD-rich strain called Charlotte’s Web (developed in Colorado by breeders The Stanley Brothers for a young epileptic girl named Charlotte) that she obtained from a dispensary under Colorado’s medical cannabis program, Jackson said, “He had 200 seizures the night before we began his cannabis regimen, and none the next day.”

Imagine if you were that parent. Now imagine if you couldn’t acquire that effective remedy. That’s why Jackson has formed an outreach organization called Realm of Caring Foundation, which she explained as a place for nervous parents of an ill child to make that first call. “People can speak to someone on the phone, ask questions, and get the paperwork rolling if their doctor agrees that cannabis can help, whether it’s epilepsy, cancer or other serious conditions,” she said. “We’ve had ten families relocate to Colorado to have access to this strain just in the last month. That’s amazing to me.” Recent profiles of Zaki’s story in the Washington Post and on CNN didn’t hurt.

- See more at: http://nationalcannabiscoalition.com/2013/08/medical-cannabis-its-not-about-politics-its-about-my-sons-health/#sthash.QWYWqrEq.dpuf

Jackson describes herself as a political conservative. I wonder what she thinks of Republican Grassley's Tues. performance during hearings about marijuana regulation in Colorado in which he stated that the current prohibition is based upon science. This prohibition states that marijuana has no medical value.

How many children are you willing to sacrifice for your lies, Grassley?

I guess we'll find out.

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