For more information about our group or local pediatric cannabis resources, please e-mail me, Allison Ray Benavides, LCSW at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
I’m a medical social worker living in San Diego currently working in the field of death and dying. When my 3 year old son was diagnosed in 2013 with Doose Syndrome, an intractable form of epilepsy, we were lucky to find seizure control with the addition of a high CBD concentrate.
The doctors at Rady Children’s Neurology presented my son’s case during the 2014 American Epilepsy Society’s 68th Annual Professional Conference. To learn more about his medical history and response to CBD, the abstract is here.
They haven’t shown much interest since. His neurologist manages his pharmaceutical, I manage his cannabis. While we’ve been able to fill in the gaps and make this arrangement work, years into this I find the continued disconnect between medicine and cannabis to be enraging. Our children’s lives are at stake. You can read an op-ed I contributed to on this very subject at the Huffington post: Cannabis for Children with Intractable Epilepsy: Bypassing Big Pharma.