Epileptic Child Seizure Free Thanks to Cannabis Oil

Epileptic child has been seizure free thanks to cannabis oil - Forrest and Tanesha Smelser - image from KATU.com

Article by Zach McAuliffe

Video Segment by Ben Swann

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A child in Oregon who has suffered from seizures brought on by epilepsy is reported to have been seizure-free for close to nine weeks now, thanks to cannabis oil.

A week after Forrest Smelser turned eight, he was diagnosed with epilepsy, which would cause him to go into seizures, sometimes lasting upwards of 15 minutes in duration. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, any seizure lasting longer then five minutes requires immediate medical attention and may result in permanent brain damage.

Forrest’s mother Tanesha took him to the emergency room many times until the doctors prescribed Forrest with an anti-seizure drug called Trileptal. However, the medication only seemed to make things worse for Forrest. “He would scream, he would fight, he would punch himself”, said Tanesha. [source] The FDA has said these side effects are not common, but they do occur in around one in every 500 people who take the drug.

At this point, Tanesha says Forrest became suicidal, which she and her family directly attribute to the new medications. So, Tanesha and her family began to look into other medical options for Forrest.

The family began to read into the uses of medical marijuana and its benefits, and made the conscious choice to begin Forrest on a medical marijuana treatment.

After nine weeks of giving Forrest cannabidiol (CBD), the family reports that Forrest has become seizure free.

The strain of medical marijuana Forrest is taking contains mostly CBDs, the second most active component of medical marijuana, according to Medical Daily. CBDs provide anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects on their patient.

“Now that I’m on this medication, I feel like a normal boy”, Forrest said.

“I feel like it’s saved his life”, said Tanesha. “I know it sounds scary, and I know it sounds unconventional, but it’s working!”

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  • Jonjen Reid

    As a mother of a severely epileptic child, it is obvious that this article was written with very little research and insight into epilepsy. Using one example of a child who only tried one medication prior to using cannabis oil does not substantiate your claim to “wake up world”. You clearly underestimate the complexity of epilepsy and what some children go through. Epilepsy is not a one size fits all condition where one treatment works for everyone if people would just “wake up” and use it. Based on your article it seems you would be surprised to learn thay many children with severe epilepsy seize longer than 5 minutes regularly and that some of these children have used cannabis oil with no success or negative results. I am not for or against the oil as different children have varying results similar to other epilepsy treatments. Every child is different forcing their parents to make tough choices often with no right or wrong answers. I am against articles like this that try to simplify a very complex chronic illness with a one size fits all solution. It does not help those trying to spread awareness about the complexities and struggles of epilepsy!

    • Kathy Keene

      my 26 year old daughter has suffered from grand-to-petite epilepsy for the past 13 years…. has been on 15 different meds, been to Mass. Gen. twice for 9 days each time, one just EEG and one slight brain surgery, she has had meds flown in from the Maryland, she has had the VNS, and NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL is helping her…. grand are gone, but sometimes she has 3 petites a day, maybe 2 weeks without one… we are begging to try canabis oil, but her neuro says no… wait for the next med… she was rushed to the hospital at college after 24 hours on Lyrica, it is G-A-R-B-A-G-E !!!! she cant live by herself, she cant drive… so maybe this article only shows the 2 kids, but that is enough for us to be begging our neuro to give her script…. now we are going to meet a new dr. in a new city, because my daughter wants to be seizure free. it cant hurt.

  • Jay Robbins

    Been on meds for bi-polar, panic, depression and anxiety.
    Over 300 med changes in over 20yrs, (same dr).
    No relief !!!
    I use 20mg of cbd oil for daytime use,
    At night i smoke 2bong hits. At 5:30pm 2 more at bedtime.
    Pharmaceuticals dont work and have destroyed my body.

  • Frank Herner

    I’ve had 13 Grand Mals, and over 100 Complex Partial seizures since I was 11. They are epileptic seizures, but caused by Autoimmune Limbic Enciphalitis. My neurologist is neither for or against medical cannabis oil. I’ve tried almost every single medication that is out there for seizures, and we are even beginning to consider 2 types of surgery. Vagus Nerve Stimulator, or removing the area of my brain that is causing the seizures. I don’t want to resort to either surgery, but I still don’t know what I should do.

    • Kathy Keene

      VNS did NOT work for my daughter…. how in the world can you magnetize yourself OUT of a seizure when you are alone??? and if NO one near you, say a store, knows what to do, then its hopeless. she now has a scar across her chest and neck, and a wire that it permanent from her chest to her brain because after 10 months it is embedded in her. JMO dont do it.

  • Kay

    keep trying. Henry Ford in MI is all for cannibus. Keep asking.