To most people’s satisfaction, marijuana is being considered for decriminalization or legalization all across the United States, state by state. It’s true that marijuana has never – we’ll say hardly ever, for any believers – killed somebody, although tons of people with health problems that could greatly benefit from the magic that is medical marijuana have to fight tooth-and-nail for the right to use the plant’s cannabinoids that spell R-E-L-I-E-F for so many innocent people.
Emma Crozier is home to Scottsdale, Arizona, where cannabis for medical use has been legalized for some time. Although recreational use hasn’t been legalized in the sunny state, 13-year-old, blonde-haired Emma is able to achieve an acceptable level of relief for her seizures.
Ms. Crozier regularly experiences seizures, and has since she was just two years old. She has been formally diagnosed as having hip dysplasia, pituitary-gland disorder, optic never hypoplasia, and – less obscure as the former three diseases – epilepsy.
Although nothing about the eighth-grader’s condition is positive, she’s fortunate that she has no memory of the painful, serious seizures. At times, she loses balance during a seizure and impacts her growing brain negatively.
While we’ve established Emma takes medical cannabis for her epilepsy, she specifically consumes a mixture of cannabis flowers that are high in cannabidiol, or CBD, known for its health-positive effects on the human body. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the Cannabis genius – made up of Cannabis Ruderalis, Sativa, and Indica – alongside THC, or tetrahydrocannibinol, the primary constituent of cannabis that causes users to feel loopy, lightheaded, and euphoric.
Journalists spent time with Emma and her mother, when she prepared her seizure-prone daughter for school by encapsulating two different strains of marijuana. Rather than smoking them, preparing them in a tincture and swallowing, or applying on skin, Emma’s form of consumption is one of the easiest means of doing so.
One strain, Cannatonic, contained 14 percent CBD – the “good stuff,” at least medical-wise – and 0.6 percent THC. A level of THC that low is extremely rare in today’s world of cannabis, unless growers intended on growing a plant with such low levels of the recreational-friendly, euphoria-producing “good stuff.” Emma’s mother placed her dose of Cannatonic in a heated toaster oven to help prepare some of its compounds for ready distribution by the body.
Emma’s mother also prepared another strain, this time without the assistance of a toaster oven, called Harlox. It contains 9 percent CBD and 6 percent THC. Mother Crozier doesn’t “activate” the cannabinoids in this strain because it has a noticeably higher THC content.
Ever since Emma began consuming cannabis, under medical supervision, of course, she’s started experiencing seizures several times a week, rather than a handful of times per day. At her worst, she experiences one every day, although the medicine of cannabis has significantly reduced such frequent occurrence. She’s experienced improvements in academic performance, including behavior. Even better, the fun-loving 13-year-old never feels stoned, allowing her to live a relatively normal life as a teenager.
Emma’s mom purchases the cannabis at a local Scottsdale dispensary, as she is licensed to carry a medical marijuana caregiver card. As such, even if police catch her with such cannabis, she can’t face confiscation or persecution.
Prior to beginning a regular cannabis regimen, Emma Cozier was subjected a virtually uncountable number of medicines prescribed by family doctors and epileptic specialists. According to both her and her mother, Emma has never experienced success with a treatment as well as she’s responded to the oral use of cannabis. Even though researchers have exhumed thousands, if not millions, of hours testing and developing new medicines, it seems silly – on behalf of the United States government, that is – that such a helpful, readily-produced, almost-always harmless substance is unavailable in the majority of the United States.
Mrs. Cozier provides Emma with 125 milligrams – one-eighth of one gram of marijuana – of weed in the morning, 50 milligrams at lunch, and another 125-milligram dosage in the evenings. When asked how she felt when she consumed medical cannabis, the brave 13-year-old replied with a simple answer – “Good.”
As of recently, Emma Cozier has been free of seizures for three weeks, although she believes such success in the interim has resulted from a high-protein diet they’ve started following.