It has been common knowledge in the cannabis community for many years that cannabis is medicine; and that CBD holds promise as a children’s epilepsy treatment. Yet children continue to suffer due to insufficient scientific data from clinical studies.
The appalling lack of clinical cannabis trials in humans offends everyone from Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., the “grandfather of cannabis research”, to the aggrieved parents of epileptic children watching their little ones fight for their lives — their miracle medicine cruelly kept just out of reach by obsolete, sociopathic laws.
Dr. Catherine Jacobson is a neuroscientist whose six-year-old son, Ben, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe type of epilepsy in children. He has been ravaged by thousands of seizures since birth. After more than a dozen drugs, implantation of a nerve stimulator, steroid injections, and even removal of part of his brain all failed to cure little Ben, his seizures continued. So, Dr. Jacobson did as countless other parents have done: She turned to cannabis.
Using makeshift equipment in her garage, she painstakingly extracts the life-preserving, neuroprotectant cannabinoids from the plant. She medicates her son in strict secrecy, as if she were some sort of criminal for trying to save her child’s life — because, in modern-day America, she is.
My son has suffered severe brain damage as a result of years of seizures. It is excruciating to ask what Ben would be like today had he experienced relief earlier in life. We will never know the answer, and not because science has failed him; policies dictated by an inexplicable social phobia of cannabis have.
It is horrifying to realize that we live in a society where politicians and the medical establishment can be easily convinced to deny the medical benefits of an abundant plant to such a massive multitude of patients. It’s even more horrifying to realize that the reason for prolonging and intensifying the misery of so many is MONEY: Pharmaceutical giants make their barge-loads of cash by purifying individual molecules deemed to have medical value into pill form — not from individuals being empowered to grow their own medicine and cut pills out of the picture.
The “miracle molecule” in cannabis is CBD (cannabidiol). Its astonishing effectiveness in a vast array of medical conditions is legendary in the cannabis community — and becoming moreso by the day in the broader medical community.
Dr. Jacobson rightly points out that CBD is only one of about 80 known cannabinoids and over 400 compounds in cannabis. Many of them have been shown to hold medicinal properties, and more such benefits are likely yet to be discovered. The federal government and the pharmedical establishment are to blame for squashing the medical research necessary to pinpoint the best uses of this plant to heal the sick.
What’s a mother to do?
One option is oil extracted from cannabis that is high in CBD, but low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that cannabis is most famous for. Dr. Jacobson used this option with her son and achieved relief that gives them both hope for a better future.
Rather than doing what she calls “tinkering with lab equipment and solvents usually only found in chemistry labs” in the garage, however, many patients and parents have found an infinitely easier way to extract the beneficial compounds from herb is to use a Botanical Extractor™.
In 2012 MagicalButter.com® introduced the first countertop kitchen appliance ever invented for converting cannabis into food. Simply placing some high-CBD herb inside with grain alcohol and pressing two buttons automatically creates a potent cannabis tincture. This can be further concentrated to MagicalButterOil of Cannabis by evaporating off the ethanol. Many patients and parents find the remedial effects of MBO to be extraordinary.
Another option: raw cannabis juice
When Christy Shake’s young son Calvin also suffered from debilitating seizures, she was unable to obtain the famous high-CBD cannabis strain called Charlotte’s Web from Colorado. (It was named after Charlotte Figi, the little girl with epilepsy whose near-complete remission after ingesting the oil made national headlines and put CBD for kids on the medical map.) Not wanting to relocate two time zones away or illegally import the herb into her home state of Maine, she turned instead to the far more common and popular high-THC cannabis — but with an important twist.
In its raw, fresh state, cannabis actually contains not THC, but its acid form, THCA. Whether by supreme coincidence or something greater, this completely non-psychoactive molecule abundant in raw cannabis is another seizure suppressant that is often more powerful than pharmaceutical drugs. Its effectiveness for seizures is comparable to that of CBD from heated cannabis, with no cooking required. (Be forewarned: Cannabis will wreak havoc on the average juicer.)
Despite impressive medical evidence and the sustained insistence of compassionate physicians as to the truth of it, bureaucrats still like to question whether cannabis is really medicine. A growing legion of courageous fighters like the Figis and like Dr. Catherine Jacobson and her son already have the answer. It’s time to spread the word.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.