Last week, news broke about Amylea Nunez, a two-month-old infant who became the world’s youngest medical cannabis patient.
Now, just one week into her treatment, Amylea’s mother Nicole Nunez says that her daughter’s condition is improving significantly.
Amylea suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. At just two months, Amylea was experiencing upwards of 15 seizures a day.
When medications didn’t help, Nicole Nunez began looking into cannabis oils that were high in CBD and low in THC. Strains with high CBD and low THC provide the most medical benefit without inducing the psychoactive processes users experience as a “high.”
Nunez soon discovered an increasingly popular strain used to treat seizures and epilepsy. The strain, named Charlotte’s Web in honor of the maternal guardian-spider from the famous Disney movie, contains a high CBD content and only traces of THC.
Advocates of Charlotte’s Web say Amylea is the youngest child to use the cannabis oil for medical treatment.
The strain was Nunez’ first choice, and since Nunez has been administering the cannabis oil twice a day, Amylea’s seizures have drastically decreased.
“She’s interacting with us and she’s looking us in the eye. CBD oil did make a big difference on her,” Nunez says.
In the cannabis-progressive state of Colorado, doctors at Colorado’s Children’s Hospital have approved Amylea’s medical cannabis treatment while she is in care there.
But research into medical cannabis is still exploring how infant and early-childhood cannabis use effects things like learning, memory, and behavior. At this point, there are more questions than there are answers.
Following the national exposure of the Nunez’ remarkable story, the hospital did release a statement acknowledging that it does not prescribe or recommend cannabis.
If a family does choose to pursue a medical cannabis treatment, the hospital will not discontinue or refuse to provide care, the statement said.
“You will do anything for your kids to make sure they’re going to be ok,” Nunez said
For families with children who suffer from sever epilepsy, the results of Nunez’ treatment trial with CBD oil are encouraging.
To learn more about how cannabis-based medicines can help young people and infants with sever epilepsy, Colorado’s Children’s Hospital is conducting a state-funded study on the effects of artisanal cannabis products.