This post is about Kalel Santiago, a 9-year-old who has spent his whole life struggling with autism and then found a cure in a plant he never knew existed. At just 10 months, he was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and spent two years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. At the age of three, after the cancer episode was over, he was diagnosed with a severe, non-verbal autism. Today, thanks to medical cannabis, the boy started talking for the first time in his life.
It’s a miracle!
After having tried out various schools and therapies, the boy’s parents eventually settled down for a successful treatment with a unique surf-therapy school near their home. Then they came across a treatment that would quickly change their lives – cannabis oil, rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a compound that has been shown to successfully ease the symptoms of both epilepsy and autism. Even though we haven’t yet seen enough scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of CBD-rich oil, the anecdotal one is abundant. The Santiagos took a small sample home and began medicating their son. The results were astonishing – their son started talking after just two days! “He surprised us in school by saying the vowels, A-E-I-O-U. It was the first time ever,” Kalel’s father said. “You can’t imagine the emotion we had, hearing Kalel’s voice for the first time. It was amazing. The teacher recorded him and sent it to my wife and me and we said well, the only different thing we have been doing is using the CBD.”
Treating autistic children with medical cannabis
Some autistic children are able to function well with treatments, while others suffer with the inability to speak and self-harming behaviors. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.5% of the children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism as of 2014, so this is a huge patient population. The issue for parents who want to treat their autistic children with cannabis is that very few doctors will recommend it as a treatment because there is little scientific evidence to base their decision on. However, and after hearing numerous success stories from epileptic patients, many parents want to treat their autistic children with CDB oil.
FDA vs false medical claims
As the popularity of Charlotte’s Web, a strain known for its ability to dramatically ease the seizures caused by a severe form of epilepsy called the Drave syndrome, continues to grow, and parents from all over the country are continuing to move to Colorado because of it, some individuals and organizations are trying to grab the piece of that pie, claiming to be cheap and legal alternatives. Most of these folks are just trying to earn a quick dollar, so be careful out there. Food and Drug Administration has had their eyes on some of these guys. If you see someone claiming confidently their oil can cure anything from low blood pressure to cancer, stay away and talk to your or any other licensed physician instead.