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Medical Marijuana

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Ramona Baby Receives Marijuana Treatment

CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8 By Richard Allyn, Reporter  The form of marijuana little Sadie Higuera uses to fight her illness is made by a San Diego based company.It may sound like an unorthodox choice to treat a baby's life-threatening seizures with a form of medical marijuana, but a Ramona family said it was their best choice after having tried everything else. Sadie was born with a rare genetic disorder called Schnizel Giedeon Sydrome. By the time Sadie was three-months-old she suffered from as many as 300 seizures a day. Her parents would watch helplessly as prescription medications would not work. "Pretty scary every time she had a seizure. I didn't know if it was going to be her last one," said...

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Epilepsy Awareness: Medical marijuana helps local boy’s seizures

Linda and Chris Lloyd were at their wits’ end. Their 7-year-old son, Henry, who’d been having seizures since he was 2, had been on 13 different pharmaceutical drugs and homeopathic medicines to alleviate the symptoms of his severe epilepsy. The Pawcatuck couple had done all sorts of research about medical marijuana and had even thought about moving to a state where it was already legal to administer it to a child. So when it became legal in Connecticut on Oct. 1, the two started the process of getting a physician’s approvals and finding a dispensary from which to obtain the product for Henry. Henry was the first child in Connecticut to be approved for medical marijuana. “Some people have had difficulties finding two physicians who sign off on...

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Marijuana vs Opioids for Pain. Is Marijuana the Better and Safer Option?

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery.  Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain.  Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain.  Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids.  At first Carol followed the doctor’s advice but became increasingly concerned because the medication wasn’t working, Julia continued to scream, and Carol was worried about overdose.  Finally Julia said, “I know what I need.  Please drive me over to my friend’s house”.  When they arrived, Julia got marijuana from her friend and after one puff of marijuana was pain free.  This occurred in Texas, where possession of even small amounts of...