Medical marijuana that will not get you high – instead, it treats your epilepsy

One of the main criticisms of most forms of medical marijuana is that it still acts as an intoxicant – yet for one Colorado farm that isn’t the case. A recent article by The New York Times introduced readers to the Stanley brothers, whose ever-growing farm is based around a type of marijuana called cannabinoid CBD, or Charlotte’s Web. CBD is a “non-intoxicating strain of cannabis” that is used almost exclusively as a treatment for epilepsy. Although a lack of formal research supporting the efficacy of the treatment exists, it is convincing enough that many families have relocated to Colorado in search of the substance. The Stanley brothers’ product is in such demand that the brothers are working on combining a strand of CBD with industrial hemp, in order to label their product as a “nutraceutical  dietary supplement”. The hope is that this change will allow them to ship this form of medical marijuana across state lines, making the treatment accessible to lower-income families with sick children who cannot afford to move to Colorado.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.