Mar 7 4:45 PM

Why using marijuana to control epilepsy in children is worth it to parents

"TechKnow" visited Colorado to learn more about "Charlotte's Web," a strain of marijuana with very low THC content that's been helping to reduce epileptic seizures in adults and children. A team of brothers helms this operation. Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises expanded from supplying cancer patients with medicinal marijuana after being approached by a mother who wanted to try using the cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from Charlotte's Web to treat her daughter.

At the time, the little girl -- Charlotte Fiji -- was 5 years old.

"I said, 'You're crazy. That’s just going to end us right up in jail. Like, we're already walking that line. This is just gonna push us over the edge, get us all in orange jumpsuits and we'll be eating slop for the rest of our lives,'" Jesse Stanley told "TechKnow" contributor Crystal Dilworth

Since then, other parents have come to Colorado to seek treatment for their children. One mother, Heather Jackson, came to the Stanley brothers to begin using CBD to treat her son Zaki

Though using marijuana extract to treat a child may seem drastic, Jackson has a response for that.


Now she's the executive director for Realm of Caring, a non-profit that works with the Stanley brothers and a Colorado dispensary to advocate for the use of Charlotte's Web. The Stanley brothers are working with almost 200 children and hope to expand their operation after sending their CBD oil through clinical trials. 


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