childhood epilepsy

INTERVIEW: Jason Cranford on Haleigh’s Hope, Colorado Medical Cannabis Laws, and the Realm of Caring Waiting List

INTERVIEW: Jason Cranford on Haleigh’s Hope, Colorado Medical Cannabis Laws, and the Realm of Caring Waiting List

Jason Cranford is the founder and operator of the 501(c)3 HOPE Foundation in Colorado. He is the owner of Rifle Mountain, a Colorado dispensary chain, and the owner and founder of Cranford’s, America’s first Cannabis Cigarette company. Additionally, Jason works as a Colorado Licensed General Contractor specializing in the construction of cannabis cultivation facilities. He is also an outspoken patient […]

Cannabis and My Kid: Making Our Own THCA Medicine for Pediatric Epilepsy

Cannabis and My Kid: Making Our Own THCA Medicine for Pediatric Epilepsy

When my son Calvin was two, he suffered a forty-five minute seizure. The emergency medication that the hospital staff had administered seemed to be having no effect. In my research of epilepsy I had read that the longer a seizure lasts the harder it is to stop, so my husband Michael and I, fearing Calvin’s […]

Florida Medical Cannabis Activist Renee Petro Under CPS Investigation

Florida Medical Cannabis Activist Renee Petro Under CPS Investigation

Renee Petro has already been living a parent’s worst nightmare for years: her 12-year-old son Branden suffers from a rare form of pediatric epilepsy called FIRES, which causes uncontrolled seizures that can be fatal. On Tuesday, a new nightmare began for the family, when Florida Child Protective Services showed up at their home to investigate […]

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

IMAGE: Paula and Phil Joana with daughter Sabina and son Rocco. All images courtesy of Paula Joana. Editor’s Note: Paula Joana is the mother of Sabina Rose, who died in New Jersey in December, 2013, awaiting access to medical cannabis. Weed on My Mind by Paula Joana I want to take a moment to thank […]

Cannabis Makes My Son Feel ‘Normal’: Cooper’s Bowling Trip

Cannabis Makes My Son Feel ‘Normal’: Cooper’s Bowling Trip

Every Friday in March, all the special needs kids in our local school district go bowling. It’s a special event for the kids, and they all really look forward to it. But my son has never been able to participate until today. Cooper is 16, and his life has been difficult. When he was 5 […]

Jersey Strong: Meghan and Brian Wilson on CNN’s Weed 2: Cannabis Madness

Jersey Strong: Meghan and Brian Wilson on CNN’s Weed 2: Cannabis Madness

The Wilson family relocated from New Jersey to Colorado last month,  and the day after their arrival they wrapped up filming for Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed 2: Cannabis Madness” documentary, which aired tonight on CNN. In the midst of unpacking and settling into their new home in Denver, the activist super-parents took time for a quick […]

Parents Out of Time: Lobbying for Sensible Reform

Parents Out of Time: Lobbying for Sensible Reform

By Jenn Jackson As the knowledge of the patient begins to exceed the knowledge of the practitioner in the arena of medical marijuana, parents are becoming progressively less tolerant of the ignorance exhibited by their children’s pediatricians. Most notably, parents of children battling childhood cancers and extreme seizure disorders have taken this issue to the […]

The Truth About Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Bill SB1182

The Truth About Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Bill SB1182

Pennsylvania’s “Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act,” SB 1182, is a broad and comprehensive medical cannabis bill that does not place any restrictions on THC content and does not limit medical cannabis access to adults. A number of media outlets have reported incorrect information about this bill, comparing it to pending CBD-only legislation in states […]

Project CBD Responds To SAM’s CBDisinformation

Project CBD Responds To SAM’s CBDisinformation

By Martin Lee The misnamed Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) recently produced a “fact sheet” entitled, Everything You Need to Know About CBD, that seeks to justify the continued prohibition of cannabis by misinforming the public about cannabidiol and THC. Cannabidiol (CBD), a “nonpsychoactive” component of marijuana, is a hot ticket right now among medical scientists and […]

Why No Parent Should Support CBD-only Legislation

Why No Parent Should Support CBD-only Legislation

There has been an explosion of newly proposed legislation on CBD-rich cannabis extracts, the type of medical marijuana featured as a treatment for epilepsy in Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed” special in the summer of 2013. Parents fighting for the lives of their epileptic children are desperate for treatment that works, and the power with which these […]