Would you feed CANNABIS to your child if it helped them deal with a debilitating medical condition?
Kim and Rob Turkington said yes when it came to their five-year-old daughter Ella’s health. She suffers from seizures, and prior to the introduction of cannabis oil was kept heavily medicated. Such medication caused her to sleep most of the day, and spend her waking hours in a depressed state.
Ella’s parents were desperate to try anything to improve her situation. Their search led them to research on cannabis oil.
Cannabis oil contains high amounts of cannabidiol, a compound found to reduce seizures, and a very low amount of THC, the part of marijuana that gives you that sweet high.
With help from a neurologist at BC Children’s Hospital, Kim started giving cannabis oil to Ella back in May, and has cut back on the number of pharmaceutical drugs.
Even after administering a low does of CBD oil, Ella’s health has greatly improved.
If cannabis oil offers more success than most modern drugs, why aren’t more doctors across the country prescribing it to adults and children? Why is CBD still not regulated by Health Canada?
The Canadian Paediatric Society claims that current studies on CBD are still in their infancy and have yet to provide any conclusive results. Is that why the government and medical system is dragging its heels, or have major pharmaceutical giants been successful in trying to slow the introduction of a competitor?