There is nothing worse for a parent than to watch their child suffer. That is where we find ourselves, however, when it comes to our son Jamie.
Jamie was born here in Israel two-and-a-half years ago with severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy, which left him with brain damage. We could only watch as our son experienced dozens of seizures every day.
We tried regular drugs to treat him, but they just didn’t work. In some cases, they made his condition even worse with severe side effects.
It was sad to watch as parents. We have a daughter less than half his age and she has far better motor skills than he does and we fear it may always be that way.
Regular medicine was not helping us so Jamie’s mother and I saw no choice but to give medical cannabis a try. Speaking as a father who has had to watch his son suffer, I have to say our decision changed our lives for the better.
We give Jamie a few drops of cannabis oil every day in his food. The oil we give him is high in CBD and low in THC, and we saw a difference immediately. Then after a few weeks, we didn’t see any seizures at all.
The oil has not made the problems go away entirely. Jamie still has “bad days,” but that’s when we give him a second oil which is entirely THC.
This is how it’s been for a year and a half, but it is far better than watching him suffer to the extent he suffered before we started using cannabis oil. In fact, our son hasn’t had a seizure in months.
I know there are people who ask why would we give cannabis oil or THC to our toddler.
My wife and I realize there is not much known about the long-term effects. In the beginning, we were pretty anxious about it, but then we thought, well, what are we seeing? We are seeing this kid who was in distress before medical cannabis, and now he isn’t.