Canadian toddler needs cannabis oil to stop seizures

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A two-year-old girl in British Columbia suffers as many as 200 seizures daily, but when she is administered cannabis oil, she enjoys a seizure-free life.

According to the Globe & Mail, the oil being used by Kyla Williams includes high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) the main ingredient in medical marijuana, and almost no psychoactive ingredients.

Recently, the girl’s grandfather spoke publicly about the “need for greater access to the medical marijuana-like substance,” the Globe writes. A former RCMP officer, Chris Nuessler told a crowd of n Summerland, B.C. that his take on marijuana have changed dramatically since his granddaughter began showing signs of uncontrollable epilepsy when she was six months old.

“We come from a background where we’ve never dealt with marijuana before in our lives,” said Muessler. “We’ve discovered that it’s a healing plant.”

A close-up of cannabis oil

A close-up of cannabis oil

What makes the toddler’s situation tricky is the that only dried marijuana is currently regulated by Health Canada; resin and oil is forbidden. The hemp that the cannabis oil is being extracted from is intended to be destroyed by farmers under federal regulations, as the Globe notes. But little oversight watches over the dispensary and parents providing the two-year-old with the oil.

Stories of medical marijuana helping seizure-stricken children earned major media attention recently, thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Weed 2 documentary on CNN. Several U.S. states, such as Florida and New Jersey, are considering bills that would allow medical cannabis for children.

For more articles on medical marijuana and children, go here.

Photo via Flickr user Andres Rodriguez.

Photo of Kyla courtesy family handout