TED Talk: Why I Changed My Mind About Medicinal Cannabis

TED Talk A moving and revelatory talk on the impact of high CBD medicinal cannabis oil on the lives of Hugh Hempel and his family. His twin daughters suffer from Niemann Pick Type C, often referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer’s.” Since the 2006 diagnosis, Hugh and his wife Chris have been researching new methods of treatment for this rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease.

A moving and revelatory talk on the impact of high CBD medicinal cannabis oil on the lives of Hugh Hempel and his family. His twin daughters suffer from Niemann Pick Type C, often referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer’s.” Since the 2006 diagnosis, Hugh and his wife Chris have been researching new methods of treatment for this rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease.

Medicinal cannabis, cannabidiol and seizures

After learning about cannabidiol in 2009, Hugh and his wife Chris – both of whom had been against cannabis use of any kind, due to misinformation and propaganda – made it the focus of their research. Discovering that there was no ready source of CBD oil or other pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis products in Nevada, they began a “cannabusiness” to meet this need. The CBD oil with which they treat their daughters enormously reduces the amount of seziures – formerly as many as 100 a day – that the girls suffer from.

It is virtually impossible to watch this TEDx Talk without being deeply touched by the plight of these parents, and their passionate dedication to improving their daughters’ quality of life. When faced with a choice between alleviating the suffering of your children and risking prison, or leaving them in pain and staying on the “right” side of the law by not utilizing medicinal cannabis, there is really no choice to be made.

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gordon holyoak

My eight year old granddaughter was born with a genetic anomaly called Aicardi Syndrome. Her Arizona legal journey of navigating the pharmaceutical industry's nightmare drug regimen to control her seizures also left her a "functioning zombie".
Cannabis oil that is high in CBD was introduced into her life about nine months ago. She has not been cured of the genetic defects related to the syndrome, but she is now able to walk unassisted, almost all seizures have been eliminated, she now seeks human contact and has rejoined the human race.
The local county attorney has threatened to put my son in jail and take away his children for what he interpreted as "breaking the law".
Research into the medical properties of cannabis must be promoted and allowed by our government.
Thank you.

09/02/2015

Martijn

Hi Gordon, thank you for sharing your story with us!

Fantastic to hear that CBD oil is also working well for your granddaughter! We are however always sad to hear if local authorities prohibit the use of this very successful medicine.

Together with loads of others, Sensi Seeds is trying to contribute to the acceptance of medicinal cannabis, just like it was accepted thousands of years ago. We hope your granddaughter will be able to use her medicine without breaking the law, how it is supposed to be.

All the best!

10/02/2015

Troy Booth

Hi I have a 10 month old baby girl with Neumann Pick type C and was wondering if there are different strains of oil better suited to that disease so any help in that area would be greatly appreciated
Thank you
Troy

18/07/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Troy,

Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear about your situation. As Sensi Seeds is not a medical agency or practitioner, we cannot give any kind of medical advice other than to consult our registered healthcare professional. This article about the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis might be useful for you to show your healthcare provider if they are not familiar with it.

You may also find it helpful to contact a support group for medicinal cannabis patients. In the UK there is the United Patients Alliance, and throughout much of the rest of the world there is NORML, who should be able to put you in touch with a group in your area (search United Patients Alliance or NORML followed by your area name).

This are our pages on medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis strains, which you might also find interesting.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

19/07/2018

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