Story of Charlotte’s Web and The Stanley Brothers
Imagine your healthy baby girl having a seizure, and then one after another after another. Doctors try to treat your child with different powerful prescriptions but nothing seems to work. This is the heartbreaking scenario that the family of Charlotte Figi was facing several years ago – their three-month old daughter began having seizures, sometimes as many as 300 per day. This young child was stricken with something that could not be stopped. Her parents were desperate for answers, trying anything they could to stop the condition.
There was little hope of a cure – or survival – until the family found out about cannabidiol (CBD). This cannabinoid is found in marijuana and hemp, but is not psychoactive. This means that people who consume CBD do not get a typical “high” like cannabis strains high in THC – that is the cannabinoid that gets you lifted. After years of research and development on the efficacy of CBD in treating epilepsy, the family met with the renowned Stanley Brothers, who were hemp cultivators in Colorado. Together, they developed a high-CBD strain and named it Charlotte’s Web, after the little girl whose life they were trying to save.
CBD and Seizures
Charlotte’s Web was revolutionary – and effective. After a terrible prognosis put her life in peril, little Charlotte is now nine years old and thriving like other kids her age. Her parents administer CBD via oil extract in her food, and since beginning treatment, Charlotte’s seizures have nearly diminished. The Stanley Brothers sell their signature Charlotte’s Web in tinctures and salves, and raw plant materials are available in several states. The six brothers strive for health and wellness for all.
CBD activates endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, known as CB1 and CB2. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for restoring balance in the body. Epileptic seizures are a result of overactive neurons firing in the brain, so it makes sense that CBD would aid in correcting this. Research has shown that Charlotte’s Web can work in ways that traditional pharmaceuticals have never been able to achieve.
“The biggest misconception about treating a child like little Charlotte is most people think that we’re getting her high, most people think she’s getting stoned,” Josh Stanley said in an interview with CNN, with regards to CBD vs THC. “Charlotte is the most precious little girl in the world to me. I will do anything for her.”
After the success’s Charlotte’s Web has had both for the Figi family and other patients suffering from epilepsy or similar neurological disease, the Stanley Brothers have strived to get their medicine to anyone in need. They started a nonprofit organization called the Realm of Caring Foundation, which gets medical cannabis to low-income patients who otherwise would not have access. It is hoped that more clinical trials will be conducted on Charlotte’s Web and other CBD products in order to help even more people find relief in times of illness. For families like the Figis, the cannabinoid has been a miracle and a new future for at least one little girl.