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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 […]

Ladybud Honors International Epilepsy Day – Wednesday, March 26

Ladybud Honors International Epilepsy Day – Wednesday, March 26

Today, Wednesday March 26, is International Epilepsy Awareness Day. Since our launch, Ladybud Magazine has been committed to sharing the stories of people with epilepsy – both children and adults – who are struggling with state and federal laws to achieve safe, reliable, and consistent access to cannabis medicine. Our first story about cannabis treatment […]

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 […]

CBD-Only Bills: A Whole Plant Cannabis Advocate Testifies in Wisconsin

CBD-Only Bills: A Whole Plant Cannabis Advocate Testifies in Wisconsin

Preface: While Wisconsin’s Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA) – a comprehensive bill legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis for a broad range of conditions from chronic pain to cancer – was blocked in committee by pediatric nurse and Senator Leah Vukmir (R), the state’s AB 726  – a bill to redefine and legalize cannabidiol as […]

My Daughter Needs Cannabis: One Family’s Story

My Daughter Needs Cannabis: One Family’s Story

By James Damian Stewart The photo above is me with my beautiful 23 year-old daughter, Kelly. She has suffered every day of her entire life, struggling under the pain of severe epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, mental and physical retardation, etc, etc, etc. She now functions at the level of a 6-month-old baby.  In 1997, Kelly was 6 years […]

On Becoming an Activist by Brian Wilson

On Becoming an Activist by Brian Wilson

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know New Jersey had a Medical Marijuana law on the books before we needed it. People fought for the bill for years, before the concept even entered our minds. People lost loved ones during that fight. I feel embarrassed, awful, apologetic, that when we needed the law, it […]

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 […]