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USA. Charlotte Figi the girl who changed the face of medical cannabis


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The International Business Times is the latest mainstream news organisation to report on the way Charlotte Figi, a little girl from America with Dravets Syndrome, has changed the image of medical marijuana.

Charlotte has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravets Syndrome, it can cause hundreds of severe fits each week, with fits often taking up the majority of the waking day.  It’s a dreadful condition made all the worse for lack of mainstream medical treatment.  Charlotte was prescribed a variety of cannabis called Charlottes Web, it came from Josh Stanley and his brothers who have pioneered CBD medicine in Colorado.  CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the many cannabinoid compounds present in the cannabis plant.  The CBD is thought to be the key part of the cannabis plant which is instrumental in preventing the fits.  Charlotte’s fits have decreased from 300 per month down to 2 or 3, her life quality has increased dramatically.  Her story was featured on numerous TV documentaries and news reports, attracting a great deal of sympathy as the real effectiveness of medical cannabis became apparent.  Charlottes Web is one of many cannabis varieties high in CBD, many of these varieties are difficult or impossible to get high from.  

The media attention on the many medical used of cannabis have left serious questions about the wisdom of the expensive prohibition of cannabis.  Meanwhile some 23 states in the USA have now legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use and another 10+ states have legislation in various stages of draft.

The full story is here


June 25th 2014

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