Meet Youngest Child To Use CBD Oil To Conquer Epilepsy
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/25/2016 in Medical Marijuana Patient Stories
Meet little Amylea Nunez — the youngest child to use cannabis oil, to conquer her epilepsy. Amylea was born with a rare form of epilepsy, that has left her at the mercy of up to 15 seizures a day.
Her mother Nicole Nunez, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, desperately tried all medications available, but nothing worked. Desperate to save her baby, she came to Colorado to investigate the increasingly popular CBD cannabis oil, called Charlotte’s Web — a strain that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) with low traces of THC. “You will do anything for your kids to make sure they’re going to be ok,” says Amylea’s mother.
Advocates of Charlotte’s Web say that Amylea is the youngest child to currently be using cannabis oil, for medical treatment. A treatment that, Nicole Nunez says, has made a big difference. “She is interacting with us, and she’s looking us in the eye.”
Amylea’s doctors at the Children’s Hospital have approve the cannabis oil while she is being treated there, explains her mother. However, the Children’s Hospital Colorado released a statement stating that the hospital does not recommend or prescribe medical marijuana:
“We don’t yet have the science to fully understand medical marijuana and how it impacts children, which is why Children’s Colorado supports research to determine the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana.
Children’s Colorado has a CDPHE-funded medical marijuana study that is strictly observational to assess response rates, changes in behavior and side effects of artisanal marijuana products on children with severe epilepsy. Enrollment starts at one-month of age. This study is for families who choose to provide artisanal marijuana to their children for epilepsy, and Children’s Colorado providers do NOT administer the marijuana.
Medical providers do not know the long-term effects that marijuana will have on learning, memory and behavior, especially in infants and young children. We have more questions than answers. This is a tough issue, especially in Colorado where families have easier access to medical marijuana.
If a family makes the tough decision to explore the use of medical marijuana, Children’s Colorado will continue to provide care to these children. Most of these families have children with very complex medical needs, and Children’s Colorado wants to continue to see them, help to monitor them and be on the lookout for potential adverse side effects.”