H4CE is a group of parents of over 50 Utah children who have extremely severe forms of epilepsy. Most have multiple types of seizures every day, varying in intensity and length from seconds to hours. The seizures take a toll on the children’s over-all health, ability to function, and quality of life. These children also have a ten times increased risk for sudden death (SUDEP – Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). We have tried numerous different types of medications, diets and treatments (both mainstream and alternative), but our children are still seizing.
Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy (H4CE) is NOT advocating for a medical marijuana program. Our children need high-THC/low-CBD cannabis (medical hemp) oil from an industrial hemp-quality hybrid cannabis plant and processed into an oil, tincture or capsule. The oil is TAKEN ORALLY, is NOT smoked and DOES NOT MAKE CHILDREN HIGH.
The hemp-quality cannabis used to make this extract is a new hybrid strain that is very high in medicinal CBD and only contains trace amounts of the psychoactive component, THC. It is termed high-CBD/low-THC cannabis, and it does not cause a high.
There is much legitimate research showing that CBD has significant neuro-protective properties, while causing fewer side effects than current anti-seizure medications.
Utah has the opportunity to be innovative in its approach to this legislation. With a positive response from the community, as well as the assistance of experts and lawmakers, we can find a way to provide help for our children while removing the potential for abuse.
This isn’t a political issue, and it isn’t an ethical issue; this is a medical and public policy issue.
To support and follow the efforts to make high-THC/low-CBD cannabis (medical hemp) oil available, please LIKE the Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy Facebook page and check out our “How to Help” section for ways you can personally make a difference.