Charlotte’s Web, the name of a variety of medical marijuana strains, is in high demand by families using it to treat their children who have epilepsy.
7News reported that the demand is so high that the nonprofit Realm of Caring Foundation cannot keep up.
The six Stanley brothers — Joel, Jesse, Jon, Jordan, Jared and Josh — started the foundation to help people in need. They are put off by the ill reputation that is often associated with the plant.
“We are not a bunch of stoners, and we do not associate with the stereotypes of what people would like to associate with us,” Joel Stanley told The Gazette. “We care about what we do.”
Charlotte’s Web is named after Charlotte Figi, 6, who has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, resulting in seizures. Charlotte’s story was first broadcasted in a CNN documentary, according to the Huffington Post.
Paige Figi, Charlotte’s mother, wrote in her blog that her daughter’s seizures went down from 300 a week to about 3 over a period of 8 months when she started using cannabis oil. The program had to be approved by a team of neurologists and pediatricians first, she says.
“This particular plant has 0.5 percent THC and 17 percent CBD — or cannabidiol — the non-psychoactive ingredient [in marijuana],” Josh Stanley of Realm of Caring said about Charlotte’s Web. “This plant is so important the CBD is literally stopping the progression of epilepsy.”
CBD can also be used to treat metastatic cancer and killing cancerous cells in leukemia.
The Stanley brothers grow more than just the varietal pot low in THC. However, it now makes up about one-third of their entire marijuana crop due to high demand in Colorado Springs, where both medical and recreational marijuana is now legal.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Dr. Margaret Gedde, a Colorado Springs pathologist who is a proponent of medical marijuana use for children, told The Gazette. “People will continue to come because it works. Patients are seeing between 50 and 90 percent reduction in seizures with no side effects. That’s amazing.”