What’s more, a third of people with epilepsy have an intractable drug-resistant type.“We’ve introduced a dozen new drugs in the past 20 years, but it’s not clear we’ve made a significant advance in the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy,” says Dr.Three times a day, you or your wife will squirt 2.5 milliliters of marijuana oil into the mouth of your severely epileptic daughter.As a baby, the girl was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a neurological disorder that causes frequent seizures and long-term damage to brain development.Orrin Devinsky, head of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University.
None of the drugs she’s been prescribed have helped and although she can walk, the girl, now 3, does not speak. The girl was having up to 200 seizures per day when her parents heard anecdotal reports that marijuana could reduce or even stop seizures. Fueled by success stories on Facebook and family blogs, these parents are acquiring marijuana through quasi-legal and illegal means, giving their children a derivative oil low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes psychoactive effects, but high in cannabidiol (CBD), one of the hundreds of other compounds found in the plant.Some of these parents are hoping pot can help where mainstream medicine has failed.Epilepsy costs individuals and institutions billion a year.Cruising along I-40 in Arizona, you encounter a border patrol checkpoint. A German shepherd approaches your vehicle and somehow doesn’t detect the marijuana that’s under a pile of ice in a cooler.As you’re sent on your way, adrenaline pulses through your body. You are, after all, committing at least several state and federal crimes, but when you get home a few days later, it’s business as usual.