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.
Patient & Caregiver Stories
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