A California father says marijuana saved the life of his 6-year-old son Jayden, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. Diagnosied as a baby, Jayden has had seizures that prevented him from walking and playing.
"At one point Jayden had seizures 24 hours a day lasting an hour and a half," his father Jason David told KCRA. "I went to my doctor and said, 'I don't think Jayden is going to last, he can't sleep, can't eat, he hasn't used the restroom, he can't do anything.'"
David said his son took up to 22 pills a day, 12 different kinds, none of which helped him. Jayden had been taken away in an ambulance more than 40 times. The situation was so disheartening, his father became depressed and suicidal, reports KCRA.
Then Jayden began taking medical marijuana. He takes a liquid form that contains Cannabidiol (CBD) – a major constituent of marijuana besides THC. CBD is less psychoactive than THC.
"[The] first day I gave him medical marijuana, thank God. [It was] the first day he went seizure free in his life," David said.
Jayden is now the most independent he has ever been in his life. He takes two drops a day for the last two years. He can walk, play, and even give his father a high-five.
Jayden’s pediatrician is seeing more children suffering from seizures or autism who are benefiting from the use of medical marijuana.
David wants to help other parents with children like Jayden.
"How can I not tell people, 'Hey, save your children's lives'?" he asks.