Pot derivative could stop young girl's seizures - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Pot derivative could stop young girl's seizures

Young Charlotte is a seizure sufferer, and CBD oil could be the key to stopping them. Young Charlotte is a seizure sufferer, and CBD oil could be the key to stopping them.
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison family has ended up in the middle of Alabama's medical marijuana debate.

Madison mom Gena Dalton and her daughter Charlotte are constantly fighting seizures caused by Charlotte's Dravet Syndrome. Medications notwithstanding, Gena finds herself calling her doctor more often.

During a recent seizure, Gena said Charlotte stopped breathing. "It pretty much scared me to death. I thought she was going to die. That's when he said, ‘You know, there's a few studies going on in another state, maybe you should look into it.'"

Those studies involve CBD oil, made from a strain of cannabis – marijuana, and illegal in Alabama. In the upcoming session, the state legislature will take up a bill sponsored by Madison Representative Mike Ball to legalize CBD oil, which may help with seizures, but does not provide a high.

It's called "Carly's Law" for a Shelby County girl battling a similar seizure disease. Representative Phil Williams said that if it truly helps people, he hopes the legislature will give Carly's Law a serious look.

The Daltons acknowledge that even if they succeed, there are no guarantees. They say it is an effort worth making.

"There's a very real possibility that it won't work. If it doesn't, then we'll just take the next steps and try the next round of drugs. Hopefully it's enough to keep her out of the hospital and keep her alive," Gena said.

A Redstone chemist and former cheerleader, Gena said her own situation seems pretty strange, but "when the seizures start coming every day, and you're sitting there holding her saying ‘hang with me baby, just stay with me…' you get to the point that I would try this."

The Daltons said they are seriously considering a move, at least temporarily, to Colorado, where CBD oil is legal. Some families have already relocated there to get treatment for their children. Gena said that in children who have tried it, the oil has an 85% success rate in stopping seizures.

Remember, when breaking news happens, we break it first online, by email, and by text. If you want to receive our breaking news alerts by text, pull out your phone right now and text NEWS to 44848. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877-571-0774 for support.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

    In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:11:45 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 11:15 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:15:28 GMT
    In this April 27, 2018, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands after signing a joint statement at the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)In this April 27, 2018, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands after signing a joint statement at the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)

    The closure is a milestone, marking an end to the world's last active underground testing site and offering some important insights into Kim's mindset as he sets the stage for his meeting with Trump.

    Full Story >

    The closure is a milestone, marking an end to the world's last active underground testing site and offering some important insights into Kim's mindset as he sets the stage for his meeting with Trump.

    Full Story >
  • Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

    Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:11 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:11:48 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 11:15 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:15:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File). FILE - In this April 30, 2018, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mnuchin said Sunday, May 20, that the United State...(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File). FILE - In this April 30, 2018, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mnuchin said Sunday, May 20, that the United State...

    After high-level talks, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to "substantially reduce" America's trade deficit with China but did not commit to cut the gap by any specific amount. 

    Full Story >

    After high-level talks, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to "substantially reduce" America's trade deficit with China but did not commit to cut the gap by any specific amount. 

    Full Story >
  • Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:51:49 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 11:14 AM EDT2018-05-21 15:14:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    Full Story >

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly