Our daughter suffers from seizures, and we are considering trying cannabinoids to get them under control. We are currently trying the ketogenic diet, and hope that works. But if it doesn't, medical MJ is our next step. So today I called to get an appointment with a doctor who can prescribe it for us, so we'll have the prescription if and when we need it.
It was a weird process. Our own doctor cannot prescribe cannabinoids. Apparently it's a whole "thing" and not every doctor wants to be in the position of prescribing medical marijuana. I can understand why. So we had to find a doctor who could prescribe it for us. Our own doctor didn't know of anyone, but had a patient who was trying it and after getting permission, gave us her number to call.
I spoke with the mom, who has been using a cannabinoid oil with her severely disabled son for a few months now. This family is not using Charlotte's Web, but they are on a waiting list to get some ("talk to Ray, at Realmofcaring.com", she advised me.) I asked her what strain she was using, and she said that there was no name for it, but that it was high in CBD, which is thought to be good for seizure control. Dosage guidelines haven't really been determined, so they are just "winging it."
She told me that they saw some decrease in seizures, as well as a faster recovery from seizures when they do happen, but just as important, they've seen a dramatic improvement in his mood. He is now doing things he hadn't done in a long time, if at all: Laughing, smiling, making more eye contact, making an effort to get up. She told me that her son used to grind his teeth a lot, and that that has stopped. He is happier, she says.
It's good to hear this kind of report. There are clinical trials of cannabinoids going on now, but for now what we have to go on is mostly anecdotal, and mostly positive. I hope the diet works and we never even have to try it. But if we do, we'll have the proper ridiculous piece of paper giving us permission to do so.
Oh, and in case I haven't made it clear elsewhere: F*** the war on drugs and F*** the state.