The six Stanley brothers learned marijuana was part of a sinful lifestyle while at Colorado Springs Christian School and Vanguard Church. But after pot helped their cancer-stricken cousin Ron, the brothers entered the medical marijuana business to work with “God’s plant.”
One marijuana harvest was particularly low in THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its “buzz,” and was high in CBD, the ingredient that can help people with insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain. They called the poor-selling strain “Hippie’s Disappointment.”
Hippie’s Disappointment became a marijuana miracle in 2012 when Paige Figi gave some to her child Charlotte, whose hundreds of weekly epileptic seizures stopped.
“I was seeing Charlotte’s story over and over,” Figi said. “Kids were walking out of wheelchairs. Doctors were astounded. After witnessing all this with my own eyes, I realized I couldn’t stand idly by and do nothing.” (Charlotte died in 2021.)
Word of mouth spread quickly. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta provided the first major news media exposure, soon followed by other national and international media outlets.
Over the next few years, about 500 families moved to Colorado so they could treat their kids with Charlotte’s Web, which was illegal in their home states.
In 2013, the Stanleys founded a nonprofit called Realm of Caring to help them….
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