When Paige and Matt Figi first began their search for nonpsychoactive cannabis in Colorado, they fell upon some tough luck. Since the 1980s marijuana breeders have had one major goal: creating the most potent, psychoactive cannabis out there.
The competition is tough. After nearly three decades of rising demands for psychoactive cannabis, its not uncommon to walk into a dispensary today and find cannabis with THC content over 20%. By comparison, cannabis in the 70s contained an average of 6 to 8%.
Focusing on THC content alone meant growers overlooked CBD during the hybridization process, making access nearly impossible for anyone hoping to experiment with CBD as medicine.
Fortunately for children like Charlotte, one Colorado family was ahead of the curve. The Stanley Brothers had been developing exactly the plant the Figis had been searching for: a strain high in CBD and low in THC.
High-CBD/ low-THC strains have little, if any, psychoactive effect. Rather, anecdotal reports and preclinical studies suggest that high-CBD cannabis can calm excitability without causing cognitive impairment.
Before making the final decision to try CBD as a treatment, Charlotte was having 300 grand mal seizures a week, one every 15 minutes.
After adding CBD oil to her daily routine CBD kept Charlottes seizures at bay for an entire week. The Figis were astonished.
“I didn’t hear her laugh for six months. I didn’t hear her voice at all, just her crying. I can’t imagine that I would be watching her making these gains that she’s making, doing the things that she’s doing (without the medical marijuana). I don’t take it for granted. Every day is a blessing!”– Paige Figi
CNN first aired Charlottes story in 2013. Since then, CBD has been making headlines all over the world. Families have even begun to relocate to Denver to find medical cannabis for their sick children. These families make up a group of migrants termed medical cannabis refugees.
The audacity of the Figi family has spurred real policy change. States that once seemed centuries away from changing their cannabis laws have introduced pro-CBD legislative initiatives, with the encouragement of Paige Figi.
High-CBD strains can be found at nearly every medical cannabis dispensary in medical states.