How Charlotte Figi Help Bring Medical Marijuana To The Wider Public

How Charlotte Figi Help Bring Medical Marijuana To The Wider Public

In recent years, several cases around the world have caught both the public’s and media’s attention and brought the issue of access to medical cannabis to the forefront.

There have been instances in both the UKand overseas which have fuelled the debate and, for many, have highlighted how it can be used to help treatment-resistant epilepsy.

One of the more tragic, but also inspiringcases involved a young girl in the United States named Charlotte Figi, who suffered from a condition called Dravet syndrome, previously known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI),

She took CBD Oil; a strain of medical cannabis with low THC levels, to avert seizures. One which had formerly beencalled "Hippie’s Disappointment," but was later renamed Charlotte's Web in her honour.

Charlotte was born on the 18th of October 2006 and suffered her first seizure at three months old. By the age of five, her Dravet syndrome had worsened, and she suffered300 grand mal seizures every seven days, which affected her speech and saw her confined to a wheelchair.

Six years later, in 2012, when Charlotte was around eleven, her mother decided to use CBD marijuana oil to treat her condition.She saw a decrease in seizures right away, falling from around 300 a week to two or three a month.

At first, the CBD sourced drug "Hippie’s Disappointment” was sold in Colorado Springs, in Colorado in Denver. One of the few US states where, at the time, medical marijuana was legal, and many travelledfrom across America to receive the treatment.

Charlotte's story soon received nationwide media coverage and even broke internationally when CNN produced a documentary on the subject. She captured the public’s imagination, and many feel her case even helped bring about a change in the law in the United States, concerning medical marijuana.

Sadly, Charlotte was taken into hospital last April with pneumonia, despite testing negative for COVID-19. However, her condition brought on seizures, respiratory failure, and finally cardiac arrest. Tragically, Charlotte sadly passed away on the 7th of April, when she was 13 years old.

It is not every day a person literally bringsabout change, but the courage of one brave little girl and her family not even brought the medical marijuana movement to the public, but actually helped change legislation in the US. Charlotte has become an inspiration for millions of people livingwith treatment-resistant epilepsy and her legacy lives on.