In December, Nicole and Ernie Nunez brought their beautiful baby girl, Amylea, into the world. Doctors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the family is from, were unable to find a cause and unable to treat young Amylea. Nicole stays at the hospital in Aurora while Ernie drives back and forth to take care of the couple’s other children and to work.
“The medication she’s on is hard for her liver, and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not so bad on her body,” Ernie said, explaining why the couple has decided to use cannabis oil.
When the family heard about the seemingly miraculous effects of the cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web, they became hopeful and set out to get it for their daughter. Charlotte’s Web is a strain of cannabis named after a young girl, Charlotte Figi, whose life it quite literally saved. Her parents found a strain of cannabis that turned their daughter’s suffering completely around.
“I sat for a good three weeks fighting with the doctors and trying to talk them into giving me the okay,” Nicole said.
“I’ve been working with the case study team and the neurology team here at children’s and I’m hopeful this will work.” This week, doctors finally agreed to let the cannabis oil into the hospital to treat Amylea.
According to the family, Amylea is the first and youngest patient to ever receive cannabis oil as a treatment in a hospital. The significance of cannabis oil being used to treat an infant in a hospital should not be overlooked. What this move effectively illustrates is that cannabis is a viable medical option, and its current classification by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug is as absurd as it is immoral. The Free Thought Project recently reported on the findings of a study that showed cannabis oil to be a highly effective treatment for intractable epilepsy. Of 261 patients given CBD treatment, 45% experienced a significant reduction in seizure frequency, and 9% were seizure-free at three months. When the same amazing plant that has cured cancer, saved the lives of epileptic children, and treated countless others, is being used in a hospital in one state, while being the cause for kidnapping and imprisonment by police in another state, something must be done.