Parents Want Medical Marijuana Legalized For Their Child With Epilepsy

medical-marijuanaSitting in the living room of their Thornhill, Ont., home, the Repetskis recall their stressful and emotional journey in search of a treatment for Gwen.

When she was two years old, she could hardly roll over when she was placed on her back, adds her father, Alex.

The first drug she was prescribed was Sabril but only managed to control her seizures for about a month. The next one was a steroid called ACTH, which her parents say caused her to gain half her body weight in three weeks.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, doesn’t cause a high and, when mixed with an oil, has been widely touted as a potential therapy for hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy. But many doctors say there’s little medical evidence yet to show if the compound is effective or even safe.

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