Charlotte’s Web: How Marijuana Helped Stop a Child’s Severe Seizures

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This is Charlotte Figi and she had her first seizure when she was 3 months old. Over the next few months, the girl, affectionately called Charlie, had frequent seizures lasting two to four hours, and she was hospitalized repeatedly.

Charlotte Figi (11)

 

By the time she was 3, Charlotte was having up to 300 grand mal seizures every week. Eventually she lost the ability to walk, talk and eat.

Charlotte Figi (12)

 

The seizures were so severe Charlotte’s heart stopped a number of times. Doctors suggested putting the child in a medically induced coma to give her small, battered body a rest. Charlotte Figi (13)

 

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Her father, Matt Figi, found a similar case online in which medical marijuana helped a boy’s seizures. The family decided to give it a try.

Charlotte Figi (14)

 

The Figi family soon heard about the Stanley brothers, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana growers and dispensary owners. These six brothers were crossbreeding a strain of marijuana low in THC, the compound in marijuana that’s psychoactive, and high in CBD, which has medicinal properties but no psychoactivity.

Charlotte Figi (15)

 

The brothers started the Realm of Caring Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides cannabis to adults and children suffering from a host of diseases. Here Josh Stanley, right, gives CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta a tour.

Charlotte Figi (16)

 

The first time Paige Figi gave her daughter, Charlotte, cannabis oil, the child’s seizures stopped for seven days.

Charlotte Figi (17)

 

The marijuana strain Charlotte and 41 other people use to help their symptoms has been named after her. It’s called Charlotte’s Web.

Charlotte Figi (18)

 

Today, Charlotte is thriving. Her seizures are down to 2 to 3 per month, almost solely in her sleep. She is walking, can feed herself and is talking more and more each day, her parents say.

Charlotte Figi (19)

 

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“I literally see Charlotte’s brain making connections that haven’t been made in years,” Matt Figi said of his daughter. “I want other people, other parents, to know that this is a viable option.”

Charlotte Figi (20)

 

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Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics and finding help online is near to impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses through the creation of content and lectures that is easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire students in nursing. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, breakdown complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.

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