A brand new cannabis extract has officially been put on shelves in at least one clinic in the United Kingdom. The product is named for Charlotte Figi, a child who experienced up to 300 grand mal seizures a week until her parents tried medical marijuana after traditional medications and treatments did not help. After the first dose of the oil extract, her condition improved drastically. About the miraculous turnaround, Charlotte’s father, Matt Figi stated:
“I want to scream it from the rooftops. I want other people, other parents, to know that this is a viable option.”
Thanks to legislation that was passed on July 31, more families and patients in the United Kingdom now have access to the product, which is affectionately known as “Charlotte’s Web.” UK CBD is the first company in Britain to sell the oil, and the company’s owner and CEO, Nicolas Ellis, said:
“[W]e are extremely proud to partner with CW Botanicals and to legally add their exclusive Charlotte’s Web products to our already impressive range. Their passion and dedication to making such high quality products is already well known globally.”
Ellis adds that not only will the oil improve the lives of many who are struggling with severe epilepsy and other medical conditions, but those who simply wish to add it as a supplement will also benefit nutritionally. Hemp is full of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
The U.K. is one prime example of shifting attitudes and beliefs surrounding marijuana and its health benefits. For example, one recent petition in the country calling for the legalization of cannabis for medicinal and personal use garnered over 200,000 signatures in less than a week.
Supporters include the famous CNN doctor Sanjay Gupta, who is known for reversing his opinion on medical marijuana and is now one of its strongest advocates. Thanks to voices like his and the stories from parents of children like Charlotte all over the world, lawmakers are now also beginning to see the value of using cannabis products like Charlotte’s Web as valuable treatments for a variety of medical conditions.
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