A 12-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare epilepsy syndrome was cured by Cannabis oil in just three treatments.
Annalise Lujan was amidst of a gymnastics meet when she started vomiting and lost all inclination in her legs. The crippling seizures led her parents to rush her to the hospital where she was immediately put into a medically induced coma to prevent brain injury.
Annalise was later on diagnosed with a rare kind of epilepsy called febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES).
The condition causes the girl to have continuous seizures, which can lead to brain damage and even death. It means doctors couldn’t bring her out of the coma until they had an effective method to prevent her seizures.
Symptoms of FIRES normally appears one day to 14 days after a child has a mild fever. Seizures start slowly before getting worse, with some children having 100 seizures a day.
FIRES is extremely rare, with one in a million children contracting it. It happens when a virus spreads to the brain or autoimmune system after an ordinary cold or stomach flu.
Unfortunately, regular anti-epilepsy medication doesn’t work on FIRES. But Maryann Estrada-Lujan, Annalise’s mom, didn’t lose hope and began looking for a possible option to save her daughter.
She found a cannabis-derived drug, called cannabidiol and used it to her daughter. Since the substance wasn’t approved at the time, Annalise’s doctors had to rush for its approval with the FDA and DEA.
After just three treatments using cannabis oil, Annalise was able to be brought out of the coma and no longer tormented by constant seizures.
The brave little girl is now undergoing therapy to regain her cognitive abilities.
Cannabidiol is a drug extracted from cannabis and has been studied to treat epilepsy conditions.
WHAT IS CANNABIDIOL?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a drug derived from cannabis.
The medicine has the psycho-active elements of marijuana, THC, removed.
THC is what gives marijuana users their ‘high’.
The drug offers hope for thousands of children living with untreatable epilepsy.
Cannabidiol halved the seizures suffered by children with a severe form of the condition called Dravet syndrome.
Though the cannabis-derived drug treatment was useful in Annalise’s case, medical experts are still divided on its overall effectiveness.
According to former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the surgeon admitted that marijuana could be helpful in treating certain conditions but cautioned more research are needed.
In a groundbreaking study, scientists at New York University and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital found cannabidiol, taken once a day, reduced the convulsive seizures by 48 percent in under-18s with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.
However, other experts claimed the study wasn’t as promising because the patients were also taking other drugs.
Scientists are expressing the need to further examine the medical benefits of cannabis before it is made readily available to patients.
Experts also don’t consider the cannabis oil as a cure because patients have to take it every day or the benefits to last while taking other medicines too.
They also still do not understand precisely how the cannabis compound controls epilepsy symptoms.
In the US, cannabis use for both medical and recreational purposes is legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, California, Maine and Massachusetts.
Via: Daily Mail