Family of Epileptic 4-year-old Celebrating Cannabis Oil Victory

Article by Kendra Mangione, CTV Vancouver

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The family of a little girl who uses cannabis oil to treat her seizures are celebrating a small victory now that Health Canada is allowing them to access the product.

Kyla Williams, a four-year-old living in Summerland, B.C., has intractable epilepsy and used to suffer from more than 300 seizures per day. Doctors told Kyla’s parents when she was a toddler that she likely wouldn’t last long given the severity of her condition.

“Every time she seizures her brain deteriorates, so she was not given a long life,” her mother Courtney told CTV Vancouver’s Kent Molgat. The family tried traditional medication, but the drugs didn’t help the young girl.

Then they tried Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extract, a type of cannabis oil touted by some researchers as an effective treatment for epilepsy. The oil has very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The oil has high levels of cannabidiol, a substance that some believe can calm the electrical and chemical activities in the brain.

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