Seven-year-old girl with rare form of epilepsy makes ‘amazing’ recovery thanks to cannabis oil

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A seven-year-old girl in the U.K. has made a “miracle” recovery after treating her rare form of epilepsy — Landau Kleffner syndrome — with cannabis oil, reports the BBC . Sienna Richardson’s mother said the family secured a prescription from a private practice and they are now campaigning with other families to ensure the treatment is more widely available via the National Health Service (NHS). Access to medical cannabis remains a challenge in the U.K., argues mother of chronically ill child Study finds that using CBD alone has no negative impact on driving ability More women switch out pharmaceuticals for medical cannabis Richardson was treated with Bedrolite, the brand name for the cultivar cannabis sativa L. ‘Rensina,’ produced by Dutch company Bedrocan. According to the product description , Bedrolite’s composition, which is nine per cent CBD and less than one per cent THC, has become “the preferred choice of a number of patients with severe, intractable (untreatable) forms of epilepsy.” And while Richardson’s recovery has been “amazing,” according to her mother, the family was told it would not be able to access Bedrolite on the NHS. Family members started looking into cannabis-based therapies after steroid treatments proved unsuccessful. Surgery was also an option, but could potentially lead to paralysis on Richardson’s left side. Frustrated by the NHS, the family began a fundraising campaign to secure the money required for Richardson’s treatment. The medication costs about £1,400 ($2,400) per month. According to Richardson’s mother, Sienna’s condition began to improve within two weeks of taking the oil. “Since taking it, she is able to understand and speak normally,” Lucy Richardson said. “She is living a normal life, she is still in mainstream school, playing with friends, she is doing really, really well. When we saw her getting better and better, it was…

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