2014 could be known as the 'year of CBD.' Many state legislatures in America that would likely have never never passed a real medical marijuana program have passed 'CBD only' legislation this year. CBD has been proven to be a successful treatment for those suffering from severe forms of epilepsy, including children. A doctor in Australia was treating a dozen children with CBD, which does not cause euphoric effects and is not smoked. The Australian doctor has received a lot of media scrutiny, however, parents in the area are very supportive according to a recent poll. Per the Herald Sun:
More than 80 per cent of mums and 67 per cent of dads who did the Herald Sun Primary School Parents' Survey want the ban overturned.
The issue has been hotly debated since the Herald Sun revealed in January the case of Tara O'Connell, 9, who had been given months to live but made a miraculous recovery from severe epilepsy after her mother started giving her liquid cannabis.
The Herald Sun also revealed this month "Dr Dope" Andrew Katelaris is supplying cannabis oil and tincture to 12 children around Australia from a secret laboratory, despite the threat of legal action.
Critics of the doctor lack compassion. It's easy for these opponents to hurl accusations and pass judgement because they are not in the doctors, or parents, shoes. I know if my son was sick, and I couldn't find anything that could help him, I would absolutely consider giving him CBD medicine because as I stated, it doesn't get individuals 'high' and it's not smoked. It's less harmful than pharmaceuticals, and in many cases, it's much more effective. Kudos to this doctor for doing what is right, even when faced with criticism and potential prosecution.