When you think of the stereotypical medical marijuana user, Charlotte Figi may be the last person that comes to mind.
That’s because Charlotte is 6 years old.
She also suffers from debilitating seizures as a result of a rare form of epilepsy, a condition that’s driven the family through just about every possible treatment, searching for some form of normalcy.
Desperate for options, Charlotte’s dad, Matt, told CNN they took her to a specialist who recommended a highly specialized diet. That helped slightly, for awhile until “at one point she was outside eating pine cones and stuff, all kinds of different things,” Matt said. “As a parent you have to say, let’s take a step back and look at this. Is this truly beneficial treatment because of these other things?”
With no other choices, the family explored cannabis oil — an unconventional treatment, to say the least — but they told KDVR it worked immediately.
According to a blog by Charlotte’s mom, Paige, her daughter’s seizures fell from 300 a week to around 3 over an 8 month period. She does note the program was first approved by a team of neurologists and pediatricians. Other benefits:
[Charlotte] is consistently eating and drinking on her own for the first time in years. She sleeps soundly through the night. Her severe autism-like behaviors of self-injury, stimming, crying, violence, no eye contact, zero sleep, lack of social contact … are a thing of the past. She is clear-headed, focused, has no attention deficit. Charlotte rides horses, skis, paints, dances, hikes. She even has friends for the first time. Her brain is healing. She is healthy. She is happy.