Article by Rob Waugh for Metro.co.uk
William Frost was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumour in 2014 – and after surgery and chemotherapy, parents Steve and Hilary were told last year that he was dying.
A private clinic prescribed cannabidiol (CBD) – a cannabis product which does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical which produces the ‘high’.
A few months later, his tumour had shrunk by two-thirds, and William was well enough to return to school.
Steve, 36, and Hilary, 34, are now backing new research by experts at Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, at the University of Nottingham, into whether CBD can reduce paediatric brain cancer cells.
Steve, who is also dad to one-year-old Charlotte, said: ‘In late 2013, we started noticing William’s head tilting to the right-hand side – no one had ever seen anything like it before.
‘His balance was off, and he started vomiting randomly – so we took him to the GP.
‘They referred us to the ear, nose and throat clinic, but things got so bad that we took him to A&E.