AURORA - A mother who came to Colorado in order to treat her infant with cannabis oil says her daughter's condition appears to be improving significantly.
Nicole Nunez is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her daughter Amylea Nunez was born with a rare form of epilepsy that caused her to have up to 15 seizures a day.
Medications didn't seem to help, Nunez said. The mother looked into an increasingly popular cannabis oil strain called Charlotte's Web, which is a high cannabidiol (CBD) but contains low traces of THC.
Advocates of Charlotte's Web say Amylea is the youngest child to use the cannabis oil for medical treatment.
"You will do anything for your kids to make sure they're going to be ok," Nunez said.
Since Nunez has been administering the cannabis oil twice a day, Amylea's seizures have drastically decreased.
"She's interacting with us and she's looking us in the eye. CBD oil did make a big difference on her," Nunez says.
Doctors at Children's Hospital have approved the use of the cannabis oil while Amylea is being treated there, according to Nunez.
However, Children's Hospital Colorado released a statement saying the hospital does not prescribe or recommend medical marijuana:
"We don’t yet have the science to fully understand medical marijuana and how it impacts children, which is why Children’s Colorado supports research to determine the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana.
Children’s Colorado has a CDPHE-funded medical marijuana study that is strictly observational to assess response rates, changes in behavior and side effects of artisanal marijuana products on children with severe epilepsy. Enrollment starts at one-month of age. This study is for families who choose to provide artisanal marijuana to their children for epilepsy, and Children’s Colorado providers do NOT administer the marijuana.
Medical providers do not know the long-term effects that marijuana will have on learning, memory and behavior, especially in infants and young children. We have more questions than answers. This is a tough issue, especially in Colorado where families have easier access to medical marijuana.
If a family makes the tough decision to explore the use of medical marijuana, Children’s Colorado will continue to provide care to these children. Most of these families have children with very complex medical needs, and Children’s Colorado wants to continue to see them, help to monitor them and be on the lookout for potential adverse side effects."
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