Mothers in the drugs lab – women in Peru treating their sick children with cannabis

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 Ana Alvarez gives her son cannabis oil. On his previous medication, severely epileptic Anthony used to have up to eight seizures a day. Now he has one or two, and on some days, none. Photograph: Dan Collyns for the Guardian

A dental technician and mother of four, Ana Alvarez lives in a flat in Lima that she has converted into a cannabis laboratory. It is, she says, for the love of her son that she has become one of Peru’s leading advocates for liberalising drug laws in the conservative country.

Her mission started out as a desperate search for something to alleviate her son Anthony’s multiple daily seizures. Alvarez ended up turning part of her home into an improvised lab and informal medical practice where patients can be prescribed marijuana derivatives as a palliative for terminal illness, cancer or multiple sclerosis.

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