A Nashville-based scientist with Canadian roots says her CBD formulation helped save her son’s life.
Dr. Annabelle Manalo Morgan, who first moved to the U.S. at age 17 to pursue basketball and later earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology with a focus in Cardio-Oncology at Vanderbilt University, began treating her son, Macario, with CBD oil a few years ago.
Macario was born without incident and his tests were normal, but once Dr. Morgan brought him home, he began experiencing seizures, up to 200 a day, and twitching and foaming at the mouth, according to a 2018 Forbes article.
After returning Macario to the hospital, where doctors ran a battery of tests and tried different drug regimens with little success, they opted to resect 38 per cent of his brain.
Following surgery, Macario remained on several daily medications and was expected to have a poor quality of life. Unsatisfied with that prognosis, Dr. Morgan began researching cannabinoids and buying every CBD product she could get her hands on and dosing herself with the products.
“I’m a scientist, so I wanted to understand all talk of the synergistic effects everybody was saying that CBD extracts had, how they differ, and what exactly I was giving my son,” Dr. Morgan told Forbes. “I didn’t necessarily want to make a CBD oil but I was convinced that it could help my boy.”
Macario is now 5-years-old, and Dr. Morgan told WZTV Nashville earlier this week that he is “a normal 5-year-old boy.”
“He is five years old today. He will start kindergarten in the fall. He has no developmental deficits. If you saw him, you would never know there was a thing wrong with him,” she said.
According to Dr. Morgan, the formulation is 99 per cent pure CBD, with each bottle containing 3000 milligrams of the phytocannabinoid.
Part of the motivation for creating her own blend of CBD was the lack of transparency around CBD products, she told WTV, adding that a shift in thinking is required to truly access the potential of cannabinoid-based medicines.
“How do we start thinking about this as a medicine as opposed to something in a gas station that we can try?” said Dr. Morgan. “How do we take away the stigma of getting high off cannabis and taking those molecules and using them towards medicine?”