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Mum reveals why she breaks the law to give cannabis to her four-year-old daughter

By: Julie-Anne Barnes
Source: Mirror

The 36-year-old gives her little girl an illegal cannabis oil in a bid to control epileptic seizures that could kill her.

A mum has told how she buys cannabis illegally for her four-year-old daughter.

The 36-year-old gives her little girl an illegal cannabis oil in a bid to control epileptic seizures that could kill her.

The mum, who lives in a Lanarkshire village, told the Sunday Mail : “The most serious thing that could happen from her seizures is that she will die.

“That’s the reason why parents are giving this oil to their kids. When you’ve exhausted every other avenue, this is the drug that will help.

“Since giving it to her, she doesn’t jump the same in her sleep and I have definitely seen an improvement.

“The nursery noticed a difference in her and I hadn’t told them what I was doing. You would do anything to cure your child or help them.”

The woman, who doesn’t want her identity to be made public, turned to cannabis oil when her daughter had a near-fatal seizure in February.

The little girl has Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic form of epilepsy.

She has difficulty swallowing, has autistic traits and requires round-the-clock care, forcing her mum to work full-time as her carer.

The child could suffer a fatal seizure at any time and has to take a range of medication daily.

The mum said: “My daughter was jumping in her sleep and her heart rate was going down.My concern was sudden death, which is linked with epilepsy.

“She was very ill in February. We nearly lost her. We were so lucky. She was in intensive care but recovered quicker than anyone expected.

“She’s got a strong heart. But I was worried about her heart rate slowing down and I wanted to stop her night-time seizures.

“When we got out of hospital I just thought, ‘What am I going to do? She’s jumping in her sleep at night-time and having seizure activity.’”

She found a Facebook group called Bud Buddies and sourced her own supply of cannabis oil which she received through the post and in person.

One oil contains cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from cannabis but contains no psychoactive substances.

She has also been giving her an oil containing controversial tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance that is illegal to buy or use.

Breaking the Misuse of Drugs Act is a risk she’s willing to take because she believes the drops have vastly improved her daughter’s condition and stopped night-time episodes.

She is continuing to give her daughter CBD oil and intends on getting more THC oil.

She wants to see a change to make cannabis products for medical purposes more easily available.

She said: “I know I’m doing the right thing and I know it’s safer than a lot of the drugs I have in my cupboard.

“I know what my personal experience is and I know I’m right.

“When I first started giving my daughter the oil she was tired and she looked as if she was stoned. So I just reduced it.

“If I had given her a dose of her normal rescue medicine she wouldn’t have been able to smile and be relaxed.

“I had a daughter who was relaxed. I didn’t have a daughter who was zonked and needed oxygen to breathe.

“It was trial and error with the oil. When I gave her the first lot, she was stoned for a day.

“I gave her the oil at night time and she stopped jumping. There was such a big change.”

The Lanarkshire mum believes legalising all cannabis products for medical reasons would help a lot of ill people.

She said: “I’m not a cannabis smoker but I can see how it has benefited my daughter. I have no doubt it has helped.”

She spoke out as delegates at the SNP conference yesterday backed a motion calling on Westminster to hand Holyrood the power to legalise cannabis.

The Scottish Government said: “Whilst the treatment and prevention of drug problems are devolved to the Scottish Government, policy on the use of controlled drugs is currently reserved to the UK Government.

“All medicinal products must be fully tested and researched before they can be licensed for use in the UK.

“The licensing, safety and efficacy of medicines are also reserved to the UK Government.”

Source: Mirror
Author: Julie-Anne Barnes
Published: October, 16 2016
URL: Mirror

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