Millie’s Story – Penn and Nicole Mattison’s daughter, Millie, has infantile spasms with hypsarrhythmia, a form of epilepsy. By the time she was four months old she was having upwards of 700 seizures a day. The Mattisons tried numerous medications and diet plans, but Millie didn’t improve. After her doctors said they’d tried everything they could, the Mattisons looked to Colorado for an alternative treatment.
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Some parents are turning to cannabidiol (CBD oil), a cannabis extract with little or none of the psychoactive compound THC, to treat their children who have cancer and epilepsy. The oil is currently legal in more than a dozen U.S. states, but the supply is limited. The science also lags the law—dosing standards haven’t been set, and the effects of long-term use are unclear. Many doctors believe that more research is needed. In “Cannabis for Kids” a few parents share their experiences navigating the uncertainties of medical marijuana in America as they try to help their children.