Quincy Hostager, age 12, is from Des Moines and started having seizures in 2002 at 5 months. Quincy’s mom, Maria, owns a small business in real estate in Des Moines, and father Dan coaches at Drake University. Both went to Iowa colleges and have spent much of their careers in Iowa. They do not use marijuana or any illegal drugs.
Children in the US are finding relief from seizures from CBD-rich cannabis taken in oil or pill form. Some children and adults are finding seizure-control from cannabis that contains higher THC. Five children in Australia are seizure-free from a cannabis tincture that contains THCa. For faster rescue medication or to stop seizures, parents are vaporizing the cannabis or rubbing the tincture on the children’s gums.
The US Government filed a Patent on cannabis called Cannabidiol! US Patent 6,630,507 as Antioxidant, Antiinflammatory, Neuroprotectant, good for Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
Quincy developed normally until age 2—he lost the ability to talk and walk after 4 doses of Depakote, a common antiepileptic. He spent 10 days at Mayo where they gave him versed, Ativan, morphine, Topomax, and performed extensive testing. These drugs only caused further seizure activity and suppression to his central nervous system. He relearned to walk after a year, but still hasn’t spoken.
Quincy has tried and failed over 20 Antiepileptic Drugs, including high-dose dangerous Steroids, high-fat Ketogenic diet, he has had surgery for a pacemaker, the Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS), IVIG transfusions, Dangerous non-seizure drugs (morphine, beta blockers, dopamine, baclofen, Zoloft) He wears a helmet, and spends a lot of time in the wheelchair due to seizures and weakness from his current drug, Vimpat.
Quincy’s family is trusted with controlled substances and they have never fallen in the wrong hands. Prescription Drug FDA approved side effects: liver or kidney damage, ataxia, aggressive behaviors, constipation, muscle weakness, nausea, weight-loss, vomiting, kidney stones, vision problems, extreme insomnia, dystonia.
Cannabis side effects: sedation, short-term memory issues, a feeling of relaxed euphoria (decrease in motivation), and appetite increase. Israeli and other governments provide cannabis to patients for free. If Quincy lived in one of the US 28 states where it was legal, he could use this without fear of criminalization.
This is Autumn! Autumn is almost 4 years old and had a traumatic birth that lead to brain damage which has caused a seizure disorder called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), spastic cerebral palsy, microcephaly, vision and hearing impairments.
Autumn has been taking CBD oil for 2 years. Since starting CBD oil Autumn is less spastic, no longer has week long crying spells where she would cry 240 hours, she is happy, learning, her vision and hearing are improving and she is saying mom!
I have used her CBD oil to treat an ear infection that typically requires her to be on strong antibiotics. The oil cleared her infection up in 5 days! I have also used her oil to treat a pressure sore on her heel that should have taken months to heal but only took 3 weeks !
Autumn has always been on multiple seizures meds. I am currently weaning her meds hoping to get her pharma free! She has successfully been weaned from Keppra which she had been on since birth! Her next wean will be Topamax. Without CBD oil Autumn would still be a crying zombie with no quality of life! Thanks to CBD oil I now have a happy, active, full of life child!
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