Treating Dravet Syndrome with Cannabis
Jason David from Modesto chronicles the ups and downs with his son Jayden, who was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome.
Jayden was diagnosed with Dravet, a rare form of epilepsy, when he was a baby. Since then, he has had seizures preventing him from walking, playing and living life.
“At one point Jayden had seizures 24 hours a day lasting an hour and a half,” David said. “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 has been taken away in an ambulance more than 40 times. He’s also taken 22 pills a day — 12 different kinds and none of them worked.
“Jayden’s life was being tortured by pharmaceutical drugs and from seizures,” said Jason David, father of 7-year-old Jayden who suffered from the seizures caused by his dravet syndrome nearly every day of his life until he was about five.
Many of Jayden’s seizures lasted up to two hours according to Jason, who had no choice but to stand by and watch his son suffer for years of his life. This is until Jason discovered Cannabidiol (CBD), the second most abundant cannabinoid found in Cannabis.
Research suggests that CBD may be useful in treating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, diabetes, schizophrenia, nausea, damage from chemotherapy and carcinogens from smoking, bowel disorders, and may even combat neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s. One side effect in particular that CBD has shown significant promise in treating are the seizures associated with epilepsy.
The cannabinoid has already received some deserved attention for this medicinal benefit in its recent public debut on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed” documentary. In the documentary the doctor is introduced to Charlotte Figi, a six-year-old who previously suffered from violent seizures that hit her 40-60 times a day until she started taking CBD to control the symptoms.
“I gave it to my son in a liquid form. It is non-psychoactive and it was the first day he went seizure free in his life.” – Jason David