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Video 1: Dr Sanjay Gupta: Weed – CNN Special Documentary
people are lighting up all over the country
they call it the Green Rush marijuana has moved out of the back alleys and
into the open the cannabis crop y’all in some states it’s legal to grow to sell
to smoke marijuana could be legalized in a city near you
so easy to get and many think so harmless when the smoke clears
is marijuana bad for you or could pot actually be good for you
marijuana is better than all those posts for you in terms of treating dick
I travel the world for answers what does marijuana do to you what does it do to
your kids a special investigation we
our journey begins here in this small town home nestled in the mountains with
the family who was never allowed TV cameras in before and you’re gonna soon
learn why this is a pretty out here
yeah they live in colorado one of two states where it’s legal to smoke pot
medically and recreationally
but here it’s also taboo to residents like Paige Figi and her husband Matt I’m
sure it was mentioned to us by someone who you should try that when I no way
that that’s French million years no but in this area
marijuana is far from French wines and you on island sweet skunk Medical
dispensaries are everywhere people are smoking and private clubs and public
festivals but none of this is for Matt he’s a military man and marijuana would
be a career ender
I grew up in Wisconsin in a well loving family and I was educated they like you
know that’s a drug
you don’t do that and I never get but just decades ago
marijuana was a legitimate medication also called cannabis prescribed by
doctors and dispensed by pharmacies
sara jay is that all changed in 1933 limitless warfare against Henry Gaines
linker the United States first drugs are for him public enemy number one
you guessed it
marijuana this guy saw how he could increase the budget of his department by
having this mission going at the marijuana
you know saying that there’s this drug that the Mexican migrant workers are
smoking and it’s loco weed and it’s going to make them crazy and they’re
gonna rape your women
he got the anti-marijuana message out through news reports and then came this
is currently in the film
reefer madness portraying the users of marijuana is unproductive crazed people
are still afraid of what pot can do to them
in many ways to have defined our attitudes now for 70 years
yeah marijuana then became illegal in 1937 by nineteen seventy it was a
schedule 1 controlled substance
the government was saying it had no medicinal value and had a high potential
for abuse all reasons why the Figge stayed away from marijuana until this
and this might be hard for some of you to watch
maybe this is their daughter Charlotte having a seizure which side was just one
random febrile seizure
nothing to really down no medications it’s a fluke right
a fluke made sense after all Charlotte nickname Charlie was born perfectly
healthy a fraternal twin to sister chase
Charlie always had big big smiles
just happy kids easy yeah easy
very much so so is around three months you said that when you first notice that
you have a seizure
I was changing her diaper while putting a new diaper on from after the bath in
her eyes just started flickering it led to the first of many trips to the ER
they did the million-dollar workup the MRI EG spinal tap you know they did the
whole workup and found nothing and sent us home
no abnormal blood tests no abnormal scan and developing normally
– you know talking walking the same day as her twin
nothing was behind yet
by the time she was too though the seizures had become constant and started
to take their toll on there once happy joyful little girl she started to really
decline cognitively and she was slipping away and just wasn’t keeping up with her
twin the figis finally found an answer
it was awful news of a syndrome
it is severe intractable epilepsy the seizure start during the first year of
life and are unstoppable difficult to control and very damaging severe
behavioral problems attention-deficit/hyperactivity the self
you know banging her head on the floor and pulling your hair out and like a
possessed child this isn’t your perfect happy
Charlotte it was a race against time
many drive a kids died young in early childhood
Charlotte was almost three for the next two years the figis tried everything
strange diets acupuncture and dozens of powerful drugs like valium ativan
phenobarbital but nothing seemed to help
even worse some of the medications nearly killed her after windows she
stops breathing and after two doses her heart will stop did you have to do CPR
than on her yes I remember when her heart stopped and I had a pulse and I
lost her pulse there was just nothing
and this is on its way she survived
here but now it was fall of two thousand eleven and Charlotte was five years old
when things are at their worst
she just sees all night and the kids are sleeping either in my room next door
they can hear her seizure stream all night
times a night and chase would come in in the morning and just misses her twin
and just hug her and like rubber head and Sam so I’m just so glad you survived
through the night last night
Matt had been deployed to Afghanistan and the only thing he could do to help
we’ll start scouring the internet
and he stumbled onto this video of a child using marijuana so how’s
everything go
she had four days without a seizure
my house having success and specifically drive a this is interesting it’s natural
and while he couldn’t ever imagine taking marijuana himself he was now in
the stunning position of recommending it for Charlotte
I was like we need to do this and I said I don’t know 10 days and then
Charlotte’s condition got worse 300 seizures a week
almost to every hour she was not talking or moving basically catatonic
as a last resort doctors wanted to either prescribe a powerful veterinary
drug use on epileptic dogs or put Charlotte and a medically induced coma
so her brain and body could rest for page
those were not good options but maybe just maybe marijuana now was but she was
about to find out how hard that would be
this isn’t go to the pharmacy and pick up your medicine there is no photo call
when we come back
what will the figis do and what would you do if this were your daughter
she’s allergic to
I had resigned myself I don’t think she’s gonna survive this
we’ve seen a flat line in hospital we’ve said goodbye
you’re listening to Matt and Paige Figi describe their own daughter
what would you do if this were your child Charlotte Figi had an extreme form
of epilepsy
her body was so frail that any seizure could kill her with no traditional
treatment left to try in the clock ticking away
her parents decided to try marijuana
Charlotte was just five years old
you need a card in order to be able to get the cannabis from a pharmacy
doctors have prescribed it you need two doctors in Colorado to get the card for
a juvenile her child
it was hard we were the first young child and they said no everyone said no
no certainly a rage played a major role in in my hesitancy
dr. Alan shackelford is a harvard-trained physician is also among
a handful of doctors in Colorado who give prescriptions for medical marijuana
from the moment Charlotte entered his office he knew she was in trouble
while he was just examining her she had two seizures she failed everything
there were no more options for her everything had been tried
except canvas here’s how scientists think it might work
marijuana is made up of two ingredients th see that’s the psychoactive part that
makes you high and CBD also called cannabidiol
it’s the CBD that scientists think modulate electrical and chemical
activity to help quiet the excessive activity in the brain that causes
I’ve been telling a patient of dr. Julie Holland is the editor of the pot book
a complete guide to cannabis for a long time
the work on cannabis and epilepsy was sort of inconclusive maybe it works
maybe it doesn’t they couldn’t quite figure it out it’s only when they really
started separating THC from CBD that they saw you know definitively
yes CBD seems to really stop seizures
– the figis needed to find something that was rare a strain of marijuana that
was low in THC
of course they didn’t want Charlotte getting stoned but also high in CBD to
treat her seizures and that wouldn’t be easy
dispensaries and growers they make their money off strains that are high in THC
I’m Josh no one knows that better than the Stanley Brothers their family
business is popped and if you look at these clean-cut guys and what you see
surprises you don’t worry
they’ve heard it all before when we round the corner they’re like oh wait a
second you know did you finish high school
they all not only finished high school but also college and in some cases
graduate school
now they are some of colorado’s biggest growers and dispensary owners they
produce up to 600 pounds of medical marijuana a year and much of that
marijuana is high in THC
but here on the remote farm at this undisclosed location in the mountains
it takes a lot of plants where were allowed to grow six per patient
they have been growing something different something they call
revolutionary the greenhouse one green house wine
yes welcome to it
welcome to paradise behind closed doors and under tight security
we enter what the Stanley’s call the Garden of Eden
there’s nothing like this in the world this plant is 21% CBD and less than 1%
it took years of crossbreeding plants to get to this point
instead of breeding up the THC we’ve bred down the THC and bred up the CBD
and people said you’re crazy you know who’s going to smoke that
so why grow it then well the Stanley is also believed in CBDs potential to treat
many diseases and they had seen it change lives before but always have to
stretch meet 19 year old Chazz more
he uses many different strains of marijuana many of them high in CBD to
treat his rare disorder of the diaphragms my abs like lock up that’s
why he’s talking this way almost speaking in hiccups like he can’t catch
his breath
it’s called Maya clonus diaphragmatic flutter this fluttering here that’s
annoying and but it becomes painful yeah
what pretty quickly I imagine yeah yeah after like 15 20 minute
this is where i can what start to really feel he’s about to show me how the
marijuana works
he’s been convulsing now for seven minutes how quickly do you expect us to
work with it like the first five minutes
and I’m done like that’s that that’s it
it was actually less than a minute depending on the attack in the day like
it’ll work within the first couple heads hear how his voice is completely
that attack lasted eight minutes but some have lasted much longer can happen
as often as 40 times a day and like Charlotte he had tried so many things
before by 16
Chaz was taking these powerful addictive potentially deadly narcotics and muscle
relaxants daily like valium and more feet will be safe to say that that
marijuana what you have in your hand there is better than all those pills for
you in terms of treating with ya
yeah I wouldn’t I’m not a zombified I’ve had 16 17 attacks today and i’m still
sitting up talking to you
my first attack on all these I’d be in the hospital
I’m a firm believer that marijuana has actually saved my son’s life chances
father sean has a quality of life now is a thousand times better than what it was
when he was on the pharmaceuticals a quality of life that Paige Figi
desperately wanted for her daughter Charlotte but she still had one hurdle
to cross convincing dispensary owners like the Stanley’s to sell marijuana
– a five year old little girl when Charlotte’s mother called my brother
Joel the brothers had a meeting us and tell us about this patient she’s five
years old he said and we said oh no we can’t do that
why it was the fear of the unknown
Charlotte was the youngest patient at the time wanting marijuana would it be
too much for her
or would it change her life forever we’ll find that out later but first
learn more about what marijuana does to your kid’s brain and yours as well
that’s what’s on I don’t smoke april twentieth denver colorado
tens of thousands from around the country and the world
lighting up legally have to kind of describe you all for some it’s a
for others it’s a lifeline working with the Lupus Foundation and really hard on
Titus but for all of them
I wondered what was it doing to their brains
so my patients call me Papa Doc your patients call you probably never meet
anybody who’s interested in hearing about their marijuana use as i am dr.
Stacy Gruber is serious about pot I want you to name the color and not to read it
I met her in her labs in mclean hospital near Boston
she’s using high-tech imaging to see what happens in the brain when you smoke
when you first spoke that is you know you light up a joint to split a blunt
receptors which are throughout the brain respond and these areas of the brain
responsible for things like pleasure memory learning sensation sense of time
and space coordination movement appetite and other dr shall we say so it’s sort
of them and all over impact right so reward pleasure
hunger you have this this overall feeling of well-being
they say that all sounds pretty good it does sound pretty good
and it’s not just feeling good but there’s this phenomenon reported by many
smokers over the years especially famous artists the ability to be more creative
when you feel that high there’s sort of a release of dopamine and your brain
sort of has the ability now to perceive things slightly differently from the way
you might have if you hadn’t been smoking pot
what you really see is this reduction in the inhibitory function
welcome doctors are pretty spectacular less inhibition
that’s something that painter a mirror says helps him be more creative a
successful artist his canvases sell for up to twenty five thousand dollars
it’s my favorite way to work no marijuana
yeah he’s been painting for 14 years
smoking or even longer he says it makes him feel more relaxed but most
importantly for him he says it makes him less critical of his own work
stop worrying so much about this and that and just sort of looking in beings
as present as possible
a mere does caution that it’s a delicate balance for him it would make me very
apprehensive as maybe a little paranoid just too analytical you can get paranoid
could have disorganized thinking you get disoriented
it can be uncomfortably to panic attacks or anxiety attacks and people you know
when you’ve done too much simple tasks become very frustrating like mixing
paint and then just sort of get into this state of duh
you know
and now and why that happens is exactly what Columbia University neuroscientist
Carl Hart is investigating
exhale research subjects in his lab smoke marijuana and then take a variety
of cognitive tests the effects will be disruption in memory disruptions in
inhibitory control they will become slower at cognitive functioning a wide
range of things these effects are temporary but they’re pretty pronounced
and they are clear and it’s slowly becoming clear to scientists what part
of the brain is most affected
it’s the prefrontal cortex is very important for planning thinking
coordinating your behaviour
there are tons of marijuana receptors in this region and we think that marijuana
particularly in the novice can disrupt all of those of behaviour an impairment
that heart cautions could be dangerous especially when driving
you may prematurely hit your brakes you may proven surely hit the gas pedal a
wide range of things you may make a term without looking more carefully
look at this experiment done by seeing an affiliate que ir o in washington
state subject smoke marijuana and then drove one was a daily medical marijuana
smoker and another an infrequent weekend smoker relaxed and Buzz the more the
novice user smoked the more trouble behind the wheel
watch yourself watch yourself but interestingly the habitual smoker didn’t
have as much trouble for their own though I am and that’s something I
witnessed firsthand driving around with 19 year old Chazz more the day that I
spent with him he had been smoking all day long
do you feel impaired at all no I don’t feel normal
turns out when you test people who have a lot of experience with cannabis
you don’t seem any disruptions but if you test people who have been sort of a
limited history with cannabis you can see some clear pronounced disruptions of
course no one thinks that driving when using marijuana is a good idea but what
scientists can’t answer is it there is a safe legal limit and the people who use
marijuana daily as a medicine should be able to drive how impaired are they
what is more clear though is the effects of marijuana on the young brain
what we see is a very big difference in people who begin to smoke prior to the
age of 16 and those who smoke after a 16 what we call early versus later onset
Gruber’s brain scans show that the white matter
those are the highways that help the brain communicate from one point to
another are impaired in those who start smoking early may be that there’s
underlying white matter connectivity differences that better that’s your
concern it sounds like that the those highways those white matter highways are
just more disrupted and people who start smoking girl that’s that’s what we see
perhaps not surprising given what we know about the young developing brain
that’s a very delicate time in brain development and that’s not a good time
to be taking any drugs
preliminary research shows that early onset smokers are slower at tasks have
lower IQs later in life
higher risk of strokes an increased incidence of psychotic disorders and
while these studies are not conclusive
some scientists are still concerned because in two thousand twelve thirty
five percent of high school seniors lit up and that could mean a generation of
kids with damaged brains and many fear something else
I never really told myself I need to help a generation of marijuana addicts
when we come back the truth and the science behind what’s being called a
growing epidemic in later
Charlotte story
first and youngest child to try marijuana in Colorado
this was the day Chaz more almost died
pumped full of drugs like morphine dilaudid valium to quiet a non-stop
-hour attack
I thought I was gonna overdose and yeah it was pretty bad at his bedside
his father Sean watched his son go from being catatonic
– what he calls high as a kite are you have been working for you no more
I’ve watched friends of mine died from taking the same drugs that he took you
see Sean was a drug addict and he had struggled for decades to get clean
it was scary it was really important for him not to take these drugs if he could
avoid that if you could avoid him I know our addicted they are i’ve seen it
it scared the hell out of me but sean is not scared of marijuana and neither is
this right here I don’t get sick off of it
I can’t over does and Chaz is right about that while there are fatal
accidental prescription medicine overdoses every 19 minutes in this
country there are virtually no reports of fatal marijuana overdoses and it’s
perhaps one of the biggest reasons most people think pot is safe
in fact a new study of children show that by high school only one in five
think marijuana is harmful
that’s the lowest number in more than two decades and it’s something we heard
over and over as we traveled around the country
not really that harmful
it has a lot of benefits not really too concerned about it
I think it’s safe if you’re a safe person dramatics
but the experts we spoke to said there is more to the story
there are people who compulsively smoke who want to stop smoking but they can’t
stop smoking
in fact nine percent of marijuana users will become dependent
now that’s not as high as other drugs like heroin twenty-three percent of
users become addicted or seventeen percent with cocaine or fifteen percent
with alcohol but it’s still approximately one out of every 11
marijuana smokers
there is no longer any scientific debate that marijuana’s not just
psychologically addictive but also physically addictive
so give me an update how you doing dr. Christian thirst own runs one of
colorado’s largest youth substance abuse treatment clinics the number of
marijuana addicts he treats his tripled in the last three years alone
literally I cried about it marijuana is number one on their list of priorities
they have dropped out of life
back in the day I wouldn’t feel like my day has really started if I didn’t – hi
Joel bargain started smoking when he was just 13 x 15
he was smoking more than a dozen times a day he stopped skateboard even dropped
out of school
I like getting high I need to get high because my brain is telling me
adolescence starting at about age 13 have a pretty mature brain reward center
so they can experience rewards and pleasures the same way adults can but
the problem with that is that their prefrontal cortex which helps people
think ahead control their impulses
that’s not fully developed until age 24
that explains why adolescents are much more vulnerable
there’s something else that addiction experts believe is likely happening in
the brain when you smoke pot
the feel-good chemicals that make up marijuana called cannabinoids remember
them they cause your brain to stop producing its own natural cannabinoids
when you stop smoking
you have no feel good cannabinoids of your own until your body kick starts
production you feel lousy
so many people smoke again to feel better
and today’s marijuana could be more addictive
it has more of the psychoactive ingredient THC than ever before
brain researcher dr. Nora Volkow off if you smoke a very potent marijuana the 9
THC content is going to go very fast into your brain up a relatively high
concentrations and then that increases it’s rewarding effects and likelihood of
transition into addiction
so how much stronger is it you see the barbed wire obviously i’m not on the
well I travel the Mississippi where marijuana is illegal but here on the
campus of one of the country’s oldest universities Ole Miss a huge stash of
marijuana is under lock and key
this is our of old this is some pretty tight security and look at the store
my mu del Sol e runs what’s called the marijuana potency project
what’s the potency of this is about eight percent for three decades now his
team is analyzed we’d confiscated from drug busts
this is thirty-six percent THC you can smell it it has a good
automatic you smell how much does this worry
thirty-six percent THC confiscated very very dangerous material for someone that
does not experience in marijuana smoking takes on this and they’re going to go
into the negative effects of the high amount of THC the psychosis the
invitation the irritability the button only on all of this
and while not all the plants are this high
there’s no question he seen a trend in 1972 the average potency was less than
now it’s nearly thirteen percent their people becoming more obsessed with high
THC marijuana
I think so they start out with a half a percent of one percent and they get a
I and then as that continues use that doesn’t give him the same I anymore so
they seek either smoking more or higher protesting material
it happened to job Argus after a couple years of smoking daily
Joel eventually ended up in rehab where he faced mild withdrawal symptoms like
irritability insomnia nausea
it certainly isn’t anything nearly as dangerous as abrupt discontinuation of
you know for somebody like Joel going to rehab is really about learning new
behaviors more than it is about sort of treating the physiological dependence or
tolerance and withdrawal issues
Joel’s been clean now for six months but these kinds of risks they don’t scare
off Charlotte biggies parents
people ask us that a lot like how did you make that decision
it wasn’t a decision and it was the next viable option and some would say a
radical option marijuana for a five-year-old
but it was an option they hoped would change her life forever baby
when we come back matt and paige figure finally give their Charlotte marijuana
the results
it was january two thousand twelve Afghanistan about 7,000 miles away from
his family in Colorado
Matt fig received this video from his wife Paige
it’s horrible seeing these videos when I’m deployed it was his five-year-old
daughter Charlotte seizing diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy
she was having 300 seizures a week each attack so severe it had the potential to
they had already tried dozens of high-power drugs we needed to try
something else
and at that point in time marijuana was that natural course of action to try at
home in Colorado page search for marijuana high in CBD
that’s the ingredients some scientists think help seizures and also low in THC
remember she didn’t want to get her daughter stoned
she found a small amount any denver dispensary
the owner was surprised that anyone would even want it they said it’s funny
because no one buys this you know that was the general consensus that nobody
wanted it didn’t have any effect
page bait eight hundred dollars for a small bag and took it home had a friend
that was starting a business and making medicine and I said can you help me
extract the medicine from the this bag of marijuana
I measured it with syringe and scored it under her tongue
it was exciting and very nerve-racking holding Charlotte in her arms
page waited an hour tick by and then another and then another she’d have
seizure that day and then she didn’t have a seat at night to just get them at
your watch
right i thought this is crazy and then she didn’t have on the next day and then
the next day and I thought that is she would have had a hundred final and I
just I know I just thought this is saying I remember how happy page was
like it’s really working i can’t believe it
yeah that was that was pretty amazing to hear it had worked but in just a couple
of weeks
the excitement was overshadowed by Panik page was running out of marijuana and
the dispensary didn’t have any more of that particular strain
even if there was more the monthly price tag would have been astronomical two
thousand dollars and not a penny of it covered by insurance
but then Paige heard about the standings the six brothers and their greenhouse of
that is high in CBD I said oh my goodness
he says I don’t have to do is that we’re trying new things at that but no once it
wants it
it’s not sellable I said just don’t don’t touch that does we need that plant
at first they didn’t want to take the risk of giving marijuana to such a young
but then they met her tell me about the first time you met Matt Paige and
I’m gonna get you mr. yeah you get all of his crime we start talking about that
little girl
the figis had hit the jackpot a steady supply of high CBD marijuana and they
only had to pay what they could afford people have called us the Robin Hood’s
of marijuana
they say that we sell pot so that we can take care of the kids and the truly less
Charlotte was the first of those kids late spring 2012
she tried the Stanley special marijuana and again it worked
I can’t tell you what them what that means to us to check it sure doesn’t a
little bit
it doesn’t get you something wrong with you
she lived her life in a catatonic state now her parents get to meet her for the
first time
what a revelation the child who had had 300 seizures a week was now down to just
one every seven days
better Pat tiptoe
when I first met Charlotte march of 2013
it was one year after that first dose of marijuana at 0
after almost two years on a feeding tube
she was now eating on her own yellow
she was talking even walking puppy please head please
but these stories they are not without their skeptics one of the country’s to
hospitals dedicated to drive a syndrome in Florida State’s at present there is
no evidence that cannabidiol is effective for the treatment of epilepsy
the American Academy of Pediatrics also opposes cannabis as does the National
Institute on Drug Abuse it is such an amazing turn of events that it really
can’t be a fluke but i do still wonder you still wonder – Matt yeah he’ll now
no it’s working it’s working great
you just look wonderful and Charlotte’s dr. Alan shackelford also agrees get his
commitment to medical marijuana has drawn criticism
he’s even been called dr. feelgood how difficult is this for you to talk about
as a physician
we are typically conservative as a profession and and probably as
individuals we
want more proof and canvas doesn’t have that and that’s why he has traveled the
world to look for researchers who might have the answers and that took him to
the place many call the medical marijuana research capital
Israel it might surprise you but actually research into cannabis and
epilepsy started here in the nineteen seventies with studies that showed it
could reduce convulsions in rats today
shackelford is hoping to start clinical trials in humans there
we need to understand it well enough that they won’t be reluctant to at least
give it a thought at least try it and it’s not just epilepsy but researchers
in Israel are studying a variety of illnesses
when we come back what they’re finding up close an amazing look inside
hospitals and nursing homes where patients are lighting up
courtesy of the Israeli government
as the Sun was rising on the ancient city of Jerusalem the final leg of our
journey was just beginning
there have been some great advances here and I’m proud of that
obviously it’s dr. Bowe is live is with Israel’s Ministry of Health here they
have pioneered marijuana research
they were the first to isolate THC and CBD decades ago and now the country’s
ministry license 10,000 patients to use marijuana medicinally has approved more
than a dozen studies to treat illnesses like PTSD pain
crohn’s disease even cancer hopefully this will prove to be the best vacation
I really hope so
we’re not there yet
answers might come from places like this
it’s a state-run nursing home outside of Tel Aviv residents here are using
marijuana for pain loss of appetite
parkinson’s disease and dementia most a route is one of those residents
he was 77 when he smoked his first pipe of marijuana
he’s 80 now and he smokes a couple of times a day
it’s to help with the pain and the hand tremors caused by a stroke
it’s a mixture of tobacco and marijuana
he even decided to light up during our interview to stop his hands from shaking
your saying your hands are steady because of the marijuana as the Batu it
also helps ease a deeper pain hidden from sight
you seem O’Shea is a Holocaust survivor
when his wife died a couple years ago he was haunted by nightmares of his
childhood hiding from the Nazis the marijuana he says to a came out of the
darkness you drinking blood
when you when you smoke yeah there are 19 other patients here
scientists at Tel Aviv University are now studying their progress and they
call the results
including weight gain improve mood pain and tremor reduction but i can tell you
as a doctor
it was my next stop that proved the most surprising
this is Israel’s largest hospital Sheba Medical Center
he put up go ahead medical cabinets
a ma che is using marijuana to help him with the pain and nausea from
chemotherapy filling up the spoon so that your medicine inside they’re both
gonna take it out and about and he’s doing it inside the hospital
how are you feeling I really first of all in the muscle and leg
and you’re not worried about any potential damage to your body
not a little
in the opposite actually I i really i really believe I can be cancer fit for a
long time you forget continue the
no come some cannabis yes he said cancer-free very early studies on mice
in Israel Spain and the United States are now showing the potential of
marijuana to kill cancer cells
it’s exciting research but it is still in its infancy and it’s inconclusive
this program at sheba is well established and experts say a teaching
tool for using marijuana in other hospitals do you think this could happen
in the United States
I don’t know that there is yet enough really concrete evidence of cannabis is
benefit that that satisfactory at least in that context I think it’s going to
come but it could be slow going
the FDA has been great at improving studies but nationals to drug abuse has
been really stonewalling and blocking any studies looking at therapeutic
effects of cannabis because that’s not their mandate their mandate is to look
at the harms of drug use
it’s very easy to blame an organization
dr. Nora Volkow cough who is the director of nida says they are not
standing in the way she claims they are not the only government institute that
approves marijuana research if you would come up with a grin that says okay this
is going to be a treatment for drug addiction they would go to us but if
it’s cancer it goes to the Cancer Institute the fifties schizophrenia it
goes to animation so the easy to travel mission with certain diseases
what is clear through bureaucratic hoops that most researchers simply don’t want
to jump through a neuroscientist Carl Hart
there are not many people studying marijuana it’s very difficult to get
approved to study marijuana
what’s nice about Israel is that the government is helping the research to
happen and it’s research they could give hope to patients like Charlotte Figi
maybe scientists in Israel are learning that marijuana use might actually
protect the brain not damage it
they’ve been able to show that it can decrease the amount of brain damage from
head injuries right in mice to be able to give a medicine after the injury to
reverse some of the damage that’s huge
I want to go to paint your nails and fingernails and literally see
Charlotte’s brain making connections that haven’t been made in years
it’s almost seeming to build her brain were before it seemed broken
and while scientists are still at the very early stages of knowing if this is
actually happening
I can tell you it was remarkable to see her progress in the three months since
he first met her
we saw a change
she was now talking more
she’s horseback riding good girl
she even rides a bike on our rack and the special strain made for Charlotte is
now named for her
it’s Charlotte’s Web it is Charlotte’s plan
it’s child’s plan not anymore now it’s for all the children more than 41
children are using Charlotte’s Web here in Colorado
all of them are reporting significant seizure reduction and there are dozens
more on a waitlist hoping praying that a plant could change their lives just like
it did for Charlotte
I guess you
you don’t seem very apiece I’m very at peace yeah very peaceful
we’ve been given a great life you know it’s so unfortunate Charlie has this dre
syndrome but thank god we’ve got something now that’s working
she’s doing so great today

Video 2: The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy | Josh Stanley | TEDxBoulder
all right i’m so stoked be a purity gas tonight to talk about we bail
I’m just kidding with you guys we are going to chitchat just a little bit
about some medical cannabis though tonight
back in 2010
i had the honor to help co-author a house built here in Colorado that I had
hoped would help very seriously ill patients get access to medicinal
cannabis while allowing for Responsible rules and regulations around what I
think most would consider very misunderstood industry
however what happened in my opinion were some of the most load some examples of
the misuse of cannabis law and cannabis usage that I could have imagined
I you guys come on you guys all remember this right
this is back when that horrible horrible epidemic of back pain just swept across
college campuses
oh it was terrible
people like my friend Ben here for example right
yeah he never tires of thanking me for all the work that i did so now he could
enjoy the freedom of his recreational pleasure
that’s not really what I do so that got under my skin for some time because i
really felt like all of the work that we did have quite literally just gone up in
but you know what my disdain for this type of abuse didn’t last that long
because I realized that if it weren’t for all been here and the back pain
none of us here tonight would have ever had the opportunity to meet a very
special friend of mine
Charlotte Figi yeah clap
besides being dear to my heart is a six year old and like most little
six-year-old and yeah there’s Jace there’s your sister twin sister and like
let like most six-year-olds Charlotte she just loves the color pink loves to
to go play in the woods with her twin sister chase and her older brother Max
I hear your baby now
Charlotte Charlotte and explore and for good reason that we’re gonna get into
here a little bit later
she also happens to be one of the most frequent cannabis users that I know
there it is there’s the word cannabis and sites all kinds of different people
different things to different people to some people it’s the devil’s weed right
others it’s just a pseudo medical excuse to get high and yet others find true
medicinal benefit with it but at the end of the day what are we talking about
we’re just talking about a plant ok this is a point of the girls anywhere from
three to eight feet tall typically about every seven to ten weeks it will produce
a flower or a bud as you know it but that’s it just a plant it even goes on
six continents but it’s a plan that Charlotte Figi uses a lot of to control
her grand mal seizures and in no uncertain terms
Charlotte’s life depends on this plant you see Charlotte was diagnosed when she
was three months old with a very very rare and violent form of epilepsy known
as dravet syndrome and Charlotte will experience a very high number of what we
call tonic-clonic or grant all seizures about one every 20 20 to 25 minutes guys
in these seizures
these seizures will last anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes
so in essence Charlotte’s life is spent and a seizure and catatonic state twice
Charlotte’s mother page has had to bring her back to life using CPR at any given
Charlotte will be on seven daily different pharmaceutical seizure
none of which control her seizures when Charlotte was five years old her
seizures had reached their worst and her medical team told the figure family
things like start making preparations for her death she probably not going to
wake up from
and the fig is reluctantly signed to do not resuscitate order for Charlotte
around this time and she was sent home with a fitted chair a feeding tube in
her belly as she lost all of her life skills and the family to say their
goodbyes now didn’t look good for Charlotte and seemed like she pull
through but remember thanks to my old friend Ben and that back pain epidemic
from him was at the end for Charlotte and the figures weren’t about to give up
hope and they set out on a journey to find of all people
oh my family well I come from a very very large family ok I’m the oldest of
kids and nope we’re not mormon we’re not Catholic
apparently to resist incredibly fertile
and me and my five younger brothers amazing brothers Joel Jesse Jonathan
jordan and Jarrett and operate brother dr. Sanjay Gupta we set out on a mission
to a very unique mission to breed a special strain of cannabis plan one that
was essentially free of the psychoactive compound that you all know as
tetrahydrocannabinol or THC right and one that was very very high in the
little-known non psychoactive compound called CBD or cannabidiol
well we fitted succeeded in this effort in january of 2012
and this is right around the time that the figures were signing their do not
resuscitate order and as luck would have it
Paige Figi found us in February 2012
now my brothers and i have been reading a lot of studies a lot of research have
been coming out of Israel from the eighties nineties and up to today on
this on this research although strangely enough it seems like America knew about
this 65 years ago but that’s a talk for another day
my brothers and I thought that this little known compound might just be the
missing link to provide some validity in the realm of cannabis research and as it
turns out we were correct
now the plant that we had created while it may have immense medical benefits
completely non psychoactive ok
completely useless to bend so we named them
we named the plant the hippies disappointment
and while it didn’t prove useful to bend it proved incredibly useful to Little
Charlotte and so when page called us that februari told us of Charlotte’s
condition we were ready to jump in we were ready to help that we couldn’t wait
until page drop the bomb on this child was five years old and think about it
for a minute
we’re going to give a five-year-old cannabis literally visions of this were
popping in my head
mmm but we got over this pretty quickly we begin to extract and formulate ratio
a non-psychoactive lab tested pediatric changer for Charlotte and I’m happy to
tell you that within the first administration
Charlotte went from having a seizure every 20 to 25 minutes
that’s 400 week guys down to zero to one per week
thank you and and Charlotte was off a hundred percent of pharmaceuticals
no more pharmaceutical
Charlotte is now awake she’s alive and guys real special treat for you tonight
yeah yeah yeah
can see amazing and so we changed the name of the plant from the hippies
disappointment and now the name is affectionately called Charlotte’s Web
and honor of charlotte and it always will be
Charlotte’s Web now Charlotte’s not an isolated incident here
we currently treat over 40 pediatric patients here in Colorado with the same
similar and believe it or not even better results than what Charlotte
experiences and currently there are over 200 families coming from all over the
world to Colorado to take part in our treatment program
we’re soon to move into California as well where we literally have over a
thousand children with pediatric epilepsy and their families waiting for
us and we’ll be moving to other states as soon as laws will allow us and we
have a very special young man here in the audience tonight where you at buddy
– kai Jackson there’s my man
buddy there’s a kind
what’s up Bubba right here
a man give me five sakai Jackson is our number two patient right after Charlotte
great friend of ours
sakai unfortunately suffers from a syndrome known as doses syndrome and
before this treatment sack i was experiencing
Oh over 200 seizures a day okay i’m gonna happy to tell you guys now on
October fourth in two weeks
we’re all going to get together to celebrate two guys one year seizure-free
and you know it’s very very difficult for me as an outsider to relay what this
means to families and I wanted to cause mother Heather Jackson to tell you guys
what this is meant to her and I get to say after almost a decade
I get to meet him for the first time without all this seizure activity
yeah drugs getting shit we did
so you see this has a positive impact on a lot of families and so in light of
that my brothers and I started a nonprofit organization called the realm
of caring and the realm helps to provide support resources education physician
back medical studies as well as safe and affordable access to our treatment
program and currently the realm is in the middle of setting up study protocols
with some of the country’s top epileptic ologist in order to start getting down
to the bottom of the science even further as to why this plant is working
so well for these children
so why is this . working so well well
cannabidiol has the highest anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective
properties found in nature and CBD actually interacts with structures on
the surface of brain cells known as receptors and acting is that neural
protected an anti-inflammatory helps to decrease and as you’ve seen even
eliminate seizure activity
now while we don’t know it seems as though CBD is actually playing a role in
the repair of brain function and research scientists and our doctors
believe that this is why Charlotte sakai and other children in this program are
actually experiencing an ongoing progression of motor social and
developmental skills
meaning that they’re actually coming back to cognition more and more and more
every day
the getting better guy
I mean it’s phenomenal now i think it’s also important to note here that
epilepsy is not the only thing that CBD seems to be helpful for according to
some of our early studies and studies out of Israel right now they’re showing
incredible results in PTSD in migraines depression arthritis cancer and heart
disease and even further studies believe it or not are showing that this little
known compound might have the capabilities of helping to stop
progression of Parkinson’s Alzheimer’s ALS ms and diabetes
now I think it’s quite clear
we all know very very very little about this plan
we’ve lived in the last 80 years in this country under a cloud of propaganda and
fear and we’re just now though we’re starting to wake up from that fear
we’re starting to replace that fear with acceptance understanding and education
and what’s happening
amazing things right amazing discoveries and that’s what happens whenever you’re
able to lay fear to rest but we have a long way to go here
I want you all to think about something with me real quick
Charlotte is awake now ok after experiencing a five-year darkness and
fear type nightmare
I don’t know how you’d feel but me I feel like doing some exploring
I feel like see in the world getting out there
well imagine Charlotte feels very much the same get picture this
she can’t even leave the state of Colorado
if she does she faces a life and death situation without her medication
not to mention the fact that the minute the fickees family when they leave the
state of colorado on a family vacation with her medicine they become drug
hmm yeah they look like a pack of hardened criminals to me don’t you
so you know we can joke about this and we can bring light to this because
the situation is ludicrous people
it’s ludicrous Charlotte can’t leave the state
how many other children can’t get into the state to get this treatment
it’s not that easy to pack your whole life up and move from wherever you are
in the country or the world for that matter and just relocate to Colorado and
furthermore they shouldn’t have to Colorado children are not different
physiologically than a child who lives in a midwestern state and it hurts me to
tell you this next part but this is a reality we face all the time here just
last week a very special young boy in Indiana with Dravet Syndrome passed away
because his family couldn’t get out here to get the treatment and time and we
couldn’t send it to him because the law doesn’t allow it if the law allowed it
it’s a next day air package it’s that easy folks children are dying
come on we can do better than this
as humans we must do better than this and I’m confident that we will do better
than this
now just how many more
Charlotte’s how many Mordecai’s how many more children are out there that this
plant could potentially provide relief for this begs us
to ask the question are we willing to change our national view on medicinal
cannabis and trade to save a thousand more lives
how about just one more life
well guys I have a very special friend here tonight who strongly believes this
to be the case and if y’all don’t mind I would love to introduce you to one of
the most courageous little girls I’ve ever met in my life
please welcome to meet Charlotte Figi and her parents map page
you say hi to everybody
I think she’s fascinated with you and we’re fascinated with her
oh we’ve got more
thank you so much – I mean that concludes our talk but i wanted to ask a
little bit more maybe from the parents I mean how do you how many other parents
have you met and is there a network of people that are in contact with the
Stanley Brothers and how’s that going
are there is a large network Amanda and Heather are running realm of caring and
there’s a huge amount of people coming here having to move and uproot and
coming here
I can’t even give you a number we take four thousand calls a month
um I think there’s some parents in the crowd tonight if you’re a parent can say
I mean parents
I mean parents of is there anything that surprised you about the treatment on
I mean a probably but it worked but is there anything else that wasn’t covered
in the talk
it was the first treatment that we tried and we tried everything even even diet
that seemed seemingly harmless it was the first treatment we tried that work
this well and that had a beneficial side effects there’s not a one negative side
effects and it’s just been beneficial
that was that is unheard of with epilepsy it’s just an amazing story
we have a break I i want to be i wanna hang out we were hanging out with
Charlotte backstage it’s just amazing to watch them to grow and there’s a lot
more parents in the audience that have been in contact with Stanley Brothers
thank you so much for being here taking josh amazing talk I really want to go
out like having and thank you