Epilepsy Josh Stanley, one of the Stanley brothers known as Colorado’s finest cultivators and cannabis growers, takes the audience at TEDx Talks through propaganda, fear and greed encompassing medical cannabis.
Josh Stanley, one of the Stanley brothers known as Colorado’s finest cultivators and cannabis growers, takes the audience at TEDx Talks through propaganda, fear and greed encompassing medical cannabis.
Josh and his brothers have specialized in developing high CBD strains, one of them called ‘Charlotte’s Web’, which can drastically reduce seizures for many pediatric epilepsy patients in Colorado. In the video, Josh outlines the hurdles needed to effect social change and he maps a path towards helping those who desperately need medicine that actually helps.
In his talk he introduces 6 year old Charlotte to the audience, a girl with Dravet Syndrome. Charlotte is a frequent cannabis user, because it helps her control the seizures. “Her life depends on this plant”, says Josh. When Charlotte was only 3 months old, her seizures started and drastically changed her and her family’s lives. At age 5, the seizures were at their worst, the medical team told the family that there was no hope for the girl. With cannabis, Charlotte went from having 300 seizures a week down to 0 to 1 per week, which is a greater than 90% reduction.
Little Zaki has Doose Syndrome. Thanks to cannabis, the boy went from having 200 seizures a day to being seizure free.
Charlotte and Zaki are only 2 out of over 40 pediatric patients in Colorado that follow a treatment with cannabis. With their non-profit organization ‘Realm of Caring’, the Stanley brothers provide cannabis to adults and children suffering from epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and other conditions.
Why is the plant working so well?
Because Cannabidiol has the highest anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective properties found in nature. CBD interacts with structures in brain cells, known as receptors, and is playing a big role in brain function. It helps Charlotte, Zaki and other children make progression in their motor, social and developmental skills.