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We all go through life making choices on a daily basis. Some are easy, basic choices while others can possibly change the course of one’s life… I believe our decisions are generally based or influenced by not only our personal values and belief system but also by the general populace that we engage with… As a parent, part of our job is to make decisions for our little ones, always with their best interest at heart ….knowing in the back of our minds that all choices have consequences … sometimes good and sometimes not so good. All of this is the natural part of life but, we are talking really big decisions here….

Imagine the difficulty a parent encounters as they internally wrestle with choices regarding the medical needs of their child because pharmaceutical/ traditional medicine is NOT working. As a loving parent you reach out and investigate other options/alternatives… you read stories of children who are being given cannabis oil high in CBD and low in THC, or watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN with the WEEDS & WEEDS II documentary and the positive benefits on the lives of children because of a strain of medicinal marijuana called Charlotte’s Web…which is not to say that is the only strain out there to help our children, but it is in the fore front helping children combat/ fight Epilepsy/seizures with few side effects, unlike pharmaceuticals….yet, this is somewhat of a new frontier

As a parent who is losing faith in traditional medicine, you hope and pray that medical marijuana could have the same healing effects on your child. Please understand though, it is still illegal in many states…and as a side note it is NOT legal to cross state lines with this medicine, regardless of how well it works...
So what does a parent do when all the traditional medicines seem to have failed, as you watch your beautiful baby child seize over and over again through-out the day and/or night…. knowing that there is something else out there, considered a dangerous substance by the federal government but there certainly doesn’t seem to be many other options.

Obviously, using medicinal marijuana, cannabis is not a decision that is made lightly… As loving, hard working parents you just want some relief for your child…You make an incredibly difficult choice hoping it provides a better quality of life for your child, a child you love… so much so, it may mean moving to a state where medical marijuana is legal but where familiar support systems are no longer in place …, It may also mean stepping outside your comfort zone because this is NOT traditional medicine, not necessarily in the range of acceptable norms for your previous self as you find yourself going against every conservative thought and value you ever had regarding using medical marijuana, much like Dr. Thomas Minahan did for his daughter Mallory.

Imagine you’re the family that has moved from everything and everyone that was familiar and safe. You have to set up residency, find a Dr. to prescribe mmj and then a dispensary that will have the cannabis oil high in CBD, low in THC that you need…. Did I mention how costly this can be as well, since it is not covered under health insurance, at least as far as I am aware of…. Again, this is not like picking up a prescription at your local pharmacy with directions that may read take one pill every four hours etc…

Understand, this is not an exact science, in fact this is unknown territory for many, including and sometimes especially in the case of the Doctors. The only thing you can rely on for information are other parents… they become your lifeline to valuable information on reactions, amounts and how to give it to a child for apparently it can really smell or encouraging you to possibly tweak a dosage of cannabis oil… These parents are a wealth of tried and true information which can affect or help you as the parent understand what is or could be happening…One of the reasons has given parents a place to share their stories!!!

So you start slow with a few drops one maybe two times a day…The sheer relief and joy the family must have felt as your child became seizure free for 8 days!!! No doubt feeling like you could actually breathe, just a bit but just as that feeling crosses your heart, the bottom falls out. Another seizure, one of the worst ones yet, develops and the day turns into one of the most difficult ones you can remember, knowing that if this doesn’t settle down you will once again find yourselves in the emergency room...

Filled with disappointment, not knowing exactly what is your next step, thinking you were mentally and emotionally prepared and realizing at this moment, not really, for this cannabis oil is uncharted territory … You call your neurologist and they suggest you increase the Keppra ( one of the traditional meds previously prescribed) …Feeling a bit confused over the decision to increase the Keppra not the oil … could this be uncharted territory for your Dr. as well since you read on line recommendations from parents who are walking this same journey to increase the oil and that it’s a constant tweaking until you find the right balance…

I believe it’s only natural that you might start to question yourself about traditional methods, regardless of how ineffective… there is NO doubt in my mind that the natural inclination can make you feel incredibly torn… all you want is what is best for your child! At this moment your emotionally spent, feeling let down and unsure of who or what to rely on… the professionals, a DR who may not be as supportive of Cannabis oils as you had thought or do you trust parents who you don’t know but have a strong tie and connection with because this is a road they have traveled or are still traveling…

There are those who say it hasn’t been tested enough… and although this may be true there is evidence with those that have traveled this path that it’s working…besides you’re talking about time, time that parents don’t have right now since each seizure can do more damage to their child’s body…
To use medical marijuana, cannabis oil, is unchartered territory for so many and takes a giant leap of faith as your quickly reminded that it also seems to be working for soooooo many children decreasing the number of seizures and increases quality of life as children offer smiles or a few words for the first time … normal actions that some parents may rarely get to see…

So you re-group and in this case you find a Dr. or medical team that is more in line with your new belief system that can help support as well as guide you through this somewhat unknown territory… In my opinion… Just trust your instinct… everything your doing is done with Great Love for your little ones…. remember your doing awesome!   

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