Medical Marijuana Gets FDA Fast Track Status
TDC Note – While I am grateful for the rapidly changing landscape of marijuana and marijuana laws, it is long overdue. With the plethora of decades long studies proving beyond question the medicinal properties of marijuana the real question is, why now? What has changed from the globalist perspective? The alcohol and tobacco industries are the main reason that marijuana has been illegal for all these years. Why are the criminals willing to relinquish the monopoly? What part of the puzzle does this fill? Will the really big money, the real criminals, be the main benefactors of the now booming marijuana industry? by Jimmy Mengel, Outsider Club I want to introduce you to Ciara O’Driscoll, a happy little girl with a brilliant smile who loves ballet and tap dancing. Here she is: When she was born, her family was overjoyed at their beautiful baby girl. But everything changed on June 30th 2005. During a routine trip to the grocery store, Ciara slumped over in the shopping cart. Her mother thought she was simply playing a game with her, so she propped her back up in the cart. She slumped over again. That’s when her mother noticed the shaking. Ciara was having her first seizure. After consulting with doctors and running a series of tests and even a spinal tap, they diagnosed Ciara with febrile seizures, which can happen to infants when they have a fever. They sent Ciara home without medications. But one month later, the family was heading to a bridal shower for a friend. The car ride went smoothly, but when they arrived, Ciara had a seizure that lasted a terrifying 45 minutes… and they just kept getting worse from there. Some of Ciara’s seizures lasted over an hour and a half. On the worst days, she could have over one hundred seizures in one given day. She underwent another round of tests. Once the new test results finally came in, the doctors came up with a chilling diagnosis: Dravet Syndrome. It is a potentially deadly form of epilepsy, and it only gets worse over time. The O’Driscolls were devastated. They started to realize that their little girl wouldn’t go to college. She wouldn’t get married. She may not even live past childhood. The various medications that doctors tried had little to no effect. This is a parent’s worst nightmare. But now, a brand new therapy could finally treat this horrific condition. And I think you’ll be shocked when you find out what it is… Recent studies have shown that Dravet Syndrome can be treated with a drug that has been long vilified as a controlled substance. It has been castigated as a demon weed, and users and sellers have been tossed in jail for lengthy sentences. Yes, I’m talking about marijuana. Now, before you ask how “reefer” could possibly treat such a serious condition, consider this: medical marijuana is a natural substance that comes from the cannabis plant, which has a medicinal history that goes back thousands of years. In fact, archaeologists have found evidence of medicinal cannabis use in China dating all the way back to the Neolithic period, around 4000 B.C. It was only modern scare tactics and government overreach that banned it in the first place. Thankfully for children like Ciara, those prejudices are going away and anecdotal evidence is already piling up. Charlotte Figi, a Colorado child with Dravet Syndrome, was experiencing 300 grand mal seizures every week. Her parents tried everything. They even considered experimental drugs used on dogs. But after learning about a young boy who had success with cannabis treatments, they decided to give it a try. “When she didn’t have those three, four seizures that first hour, that was the first sign,” her mother said. “And I thought well, ‘Let’s go another hour, this has got to be a fluke.’ ” Charlotte’s seizures stopped for an entire week. She continued on a cannabis oil treatment and now she’s down to a manageable two or three seizures per month. Her battle even gave birth to a strand of high CDB marijuana named “Charlotte’s Web.” Her father is adamant about the drug’s effectiveness. “I want to scream it from the rooftops. I want other people, other parents, to know that this is a viable option.” Those screams are finally being heard. In fact, the FDA just gave the green light for one company to develop a marijuana-based solution for Ciara’s condition. The FDA has granted “Fast Track” designation for its pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) treatment of Dravet Syndrome. Cannabidiol is one of at least 60 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. And while tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound that gets users “high”, CBD has no psychoactive effects, but has been shown to “quiet the excessive electrical and chemical activity in the brain that causes seizures.” The FDA only gives this designation when a drug can treat a serious condition that currently has unaddressed medical needs. This groundbreaking company will conduct both a Phase I trial in epilepsy patients and a Phase III clinical trial in patients suffering from Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome, another rare form of pediatric epilepsy. If trials pan out, this company could unlock a safe treatment for these horrible conditions that is effective and free of some of the worst side effects. Right now, heavy medications for pediatric epilepsy have side effects that can permanently damage a child’s developing liver, kidneys, and other organs. Marijuana-based medicines are well-known to have little to no side effects. If this company is successful, it will only help pull back the stigma of medical marijuana, and open it up to address a number of other medical problems. You see, marijuana-based medicines aren’t only helpful for esoteric conditions like Ciara’s… Marijuana-based treatments have shown promise in far-reaching medical conditions like:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Back pain
- Type 2 diabetes
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Those are each huge markets. And it has shown remarkable promise in each field. Before making any judgments about marijuana-based medication, I urge you to watch the documentary Ciara’s Light for a real-life look into the horrors of Dravet Syndrome. As a father of two children myself, I cannot imagine the helplessness that parents must feel when trying to help their children through something as traumatic as this. Any treatment that will spare little girls and boys from the ravages of Dravet Syndrome — especially a natural one with far fewer side effects — needs to be embraced and encouraged, regardless of any stigma associated with a “drug.” It’s not every day that you can invest in something so powerful and valuable to humanity.