Infant Reduces Seizures Using Cannabis Oil After All Else Fails

An infant from Albuquerque, NM named Amylea Faith Nuñez recently returned home from the hospital. Not only did she return from the hospital, but she returned from the brink of death. Her seizures, some lasting as long as an hour, severely damaged her body leaving her unable to eat normally. Amylea suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, unable to be quelled by the entire arsenal of modern western medicine. Amylea’s mother was interviewed by local station KRQE News 13, to whom she detailed that doctors explained to her “that she [Amylea] was going to be in a wheelchair… that she would pretty much be a vegetable and never really lift up her head…and her seizures were just going to be something that I was going to have to get used to”. A prognosis like that hardly leaves room for hope.

Doctors had leveraged all their medical experience, putting to work all the medicines they had available to them, prescribing eight medications to all be taken together, and were unsuccessful in reducing the frequency of her seizures. Amylea’s doctors were left with no option but to tell her mother they could not help her, and to go home. Undeterred, her parents fought for Amylea to be treated with a controversial cannabis oil. They were likely drawing on the many anecdotal examples throughout the internet, like Charlotte Figi who was featured in CNN’s documentary Weed. Furthermore the diamond-hard evidence that GW Pharmaceuticals shared with the world recently. GW proved through a FDA blessed double-blind placebo controlled trial, known as the gold standard in disease research, that Epidiolex, their whole-plant cannabis medicine featuring CBD, is an effective treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy. The study found that the frequency of compulsive seizures was reduced an average of 39%, compared to 13% with placebo. These findings were collaborated by Lurie Children’s Hospital, a local Chicago hospital, along with hospitals across the county. If you would like to learn more about using CBD to treat epilepsy in children watch this documentary by National Geographic, this one by Vice, or go to the Epilepsy Foundations’s website.

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After just three months of treatment with a hemp oil called Haleigh’s Hope, Amylea proudly raised her head in defiance of her doctors’ prognosis. Her mother told reporters, “It was kind of like I could tell the doctors, ‘Look what she’s capable of’ compared to them saying she’s never going to be able to hold up her head.” KRQE reported that “according to the family, at 2-months old, Amylea was the first and the youngest patient to receive this type of treatment at the hospital.” The hospital which was treating Amylea was likely open to allowing this treatment, even though it is not blessed by the FDA, because at least cannabis’s legal status is officially legal in Colorado. Doctors in Colorado were not allowed to administer the treatment themselves due to legal issues which would put them at odds with both the DEA and their malpractice insurance, but allowed her parents to administer the medicine. Cannabis grown on an industrial scale which contains less than 0.3% THC, known colloquially as hemp, can be used to manufacture products which can be sold legally inside the US. Cannabis definitely suffers from quite a quagmire of cloudy laws. Since Haleigh’s Hope has less than 0.3% THC, it is classified as hemp not cannabis, and therefore it can be shipped across state lines legally. If you are interested to learn more about the manufacturing of Haleigh’s hope oil, watch a video from them here.

Amylea is a brave pioneer, and needs the support of kind strangers to make trips from her home in Albuquerque, NM to her hospital in Aurora, Colorado for checkups. Please support Amylea and her family if you can!

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