For the first time in her life, 7-year-old Jade Guest is holding on to her mother, giggling, and smiling every day.
It’s all thanks to a controversial plant and a 7000-kilometre journey that’s torn the Guest family apart.
The pharmaceuticals Jade was being prescribed in New Zealand had turned her into a zombie, did little to stop her seizures and in some cases made them worse, her mother says.
Since beginning medicinal cannabis treatment, Jade’s seizures have reduced in frequency from more than 30 a day to about five and their duration has decreased 90 per cent.
Dr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) general practitioner council, says that broadly speaking, the association would support research into whether cannabinoids were beneficial.
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