7-year-old Georgia boy one of first in state to test experimental cannabis oil (Foxnews)

Admin   maart 9, 2015   Geen reacties

A young boy is the first child at Children’s Hospital of Georgia to test an experimental cannabis oil to slow down his seizures, My Fox Atlanta reported.

Preston Weaver, 7, has a severe form of childhood epilepsy that at one point caused up 60 to 70 seizures a day. Now, he has four to six that last up to a minute. His mother, Valerie, is constantly on guard for the occurrences.

“Most of them start with just a startle, and he’ll look up, and then his whole body gets rigid. His limbs get real, real rigid,” she told My Fox Atlanta.

According to Valerie, the diagnosis caused Preston to regress— he has the mind of a one- or two-year-old baby and can’t walk, talk or even hold his head up.

Seizure medication has not helped, which lead the Weavers and a growing number of Georgia families to cannabis oil. Marijuana is currently illegal in the state.

 Preston is part of a study sponsored by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Regents University and GW Pharmaceuticals to test GW Pharmaceuticals’ experimental cannabis oil Epidiolex, which is also being tested elsewhere across the U.S. Cannabis oil is extracted from marijuana leaves and doesn’t cause the “high” that comes with smoking.

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