By: FOX 4 News – Dallas-Fort Worth
Texas parents, lawmakers, and doctors are pushing to legalize Cannabinol Oils (CBD) for use in seizures. Oils from the cannabis plant have been called a “miracle drug” for children suffering from Dravet Syndrome. Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain). It begins in the first year of life in an otherwise healthy infant. The seizures are refractory or do not respond to seizure medications well in most cases. With the treatment being legal in 23 states, it is not legal in Texas and many are fighting to change that. While the parents and doctors of four-year-old Alissa Howard understand there is no known cure for Dravet Syndrome they believe CBD oils are her best chance at leading a normal life. Up to several times a day Allissa can experience seizures which can lead to developmental delays and have left her with only an 85% chance of surviving to adulthood. While Alissa is currently taking three separate medications, they are not able to control the disease. After finding testimony from other parents of children suffering from the disease Alissa’s mother began fighting for this treatment to become available in Texas. The CBD medication would be placed under the tongue or inside the cheeks and has been shown to allow the patient to eliminate other medications which come with their own negative side effects. CBD oils have no psychoactive effects and do not create a high in the users. FT Worth Republican Stephany Click who is co-sponsoring the bill believes it is a reasonable approach with no potential for abuse.