It’s never easy to write a story about a young child’s death. Tragically, children dying while waiting for much-needed CBD (cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that stops seizures) has become a somewhat regular occurrence, or at least one that’s now being publicized.
While nearly half of America (23 states and D.C.) has medical marijuana and another 10 states (like Tennessee and Florida) have adopted CBD legislation in the last year, there simply isn’t enough medicine around.
The latest sad news comes from Tennessee as 3-year-old Chloe Grauer has passed away. The epileptic child suffered a “critical seizure” last Friday and then “went into a coma and lost brain function.”
Chloe, whose family appealed and pleaded for Tennessee’s CBD-bill, never got to try the one substance that could have saved her life and has proved to save the lives of many epileptic children all over the world.
And as noted above, Chloe is not alone. Earlier this year, 7-year-old Lydia Schaeffer passed away while waiting for CBD in Wisconsin. Moreover, in July, three New York children waiting for CBD died in the span of one week.
Clearly, not enough children in need of CBD can obtain the magical medicine. It’s an alarming trend, but it’s certainly not a new one. The trend is highlighted simply because the cure for terminal epilepsy now exists, but there’s not enough of it to go around.
In fact, Cure Epilepsy reports that “Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) accounts for 34% of all sudden deaths in children” and that “50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures).”
The math is simple. 50,000 people die a year, most likely without every having the chance to try CBD. While CBD may not save each and every one of those lives, who knows what increased availability of CBD could do for these lives–many lives that are just in their infancy.
And the solution is not yet viable. While moving to Colorado or California allows for easier access, there’s not nearly enough CBD in the world to help patients in need.
Moreover, in states with bills that approve CBD like Tennessee, Wisconsin, and New York, the production of CBD remains years away, which means the only way for families to get the legalize substance is to smuggle it across state lines, a federal crime.
The world needs more CBD-gardens, and we need them as soon as possible. Because until CBD’s supply reaches its demand, lives will continue to end prematurely.
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