Amylea Nunez, a two-month old baby girl suffering from a rare form of epilepsy, is now the world’s youngest medical cannabis patient. Amylea had her first seizure just a day after she was born, and she has been surviving in neonatal intensive care units ever since.
Unable to receive proper medical treatment in their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amylea’s parents transferred her to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado in hopes of trying an alternative form of medicine. The alternative treatment is CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis oil. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that is now more commonly used to treat severe childhood epilepsy because of its proven success in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures. CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike THC, meaning it does not produce the euphoric effect commonly described as the high, so parents, doctors and even politicians are more comfortable with giving it to children.
After Amylea’s parents pushed hard for it, the hospital finally green-lit the CBD oil treatment case study, and the Nunez family was able to begin administering cannabis oil. The cannabis oil being given to Amylea is made from Charlotte’s Web, the CBD-rich cannabis strain that made national headlines when Dr. Sanjay Gupta explored its medical efficacy for CNN. Thus far, nurses have reported that Amylea seems “more alert than usual” after just two doses.
Amylea’s parents report that the cannabis oil experiment has been miraculous.
“For us to get the approval for us to administer it while she is in the NICU while she’s a patient…it’s kind of like a miracle,”
Nicole Nunez, Amylea’s mother said.
“Because they were completely against it saying, ‘No you can’t do it, you have to wait until she’s an out-patient.”
The Nunez family plans to continue using the medicinal cannabis oil treatment for at least the next four months. Amylea’s rare form of epilepsy remains undiagnosed at this time and her case is by far the youngest public one of its kind. This may become a defining case in history which influences parents waffling over similar decisions in the future.
Clearly a gut-wrenching tale, if Amylea’s condition improves with the use of cannabis oil when more modern medicines failed, doctors may feel more comfortable prescribing cannabinoid medicines, like oil concentrates, to babies in the future.
Donations are being accepted to help cover the high costs of Amylea’s medical treatments. Amylea’s family has only raised about half of their $20,000 goal thus far. Click this link to donate through her GoFundMe page. Even small amounts like $5, $10 and $2o will add up, so any small amount will help.
Cannabis is actually one of the oldest known medicines in the world with documented use dating back 10,000 years, and cannabis tinctures were readily available over-the-counter in the United States until the 1930s. Click here to meet the man responsible for cannabis prohibition in the United States and several other countries throughout the world.
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