A note from the publisher: Since the publication of this article, the FDA has approved a CBD-based prescription drug for two special types of epilepsy.
Bruno Delgadillo suffered up to 300 seizures a day before cannabis oil brought his condition under control. This post from AlJazeera.com shares how the young boy found a ‘normal life’.
Bruno Delgadillo, a young boy in the US state of Florida, suffered as many as 300 epileptic seizures a day but, according to his mother, a daily intake of medical cannabis oil has stopped them, allowing him to live a normal life.
Jacel Delgadillo told Al Jazeera that cannabis has succeeded in treating her son's chronic disease after numerous other treatments failed and even made his condition worse.
"He has been through so many medications that had put him through vegetative states," she said.
Delgadillo has risked being arrested by providing her son with a dosage amount of medicinal cannabis that exceeds Florida's legal limits.
"I do not care what anybody says. I would rather have my child on medical cannabis and have him be a child than seeing his body seize and tremble every other minute," she said.
However, her state is set to reduce medical cannabis restrictions after 71 percent of Florida voters supported an amendment that takes effect on Tuesday.
As more scientific research in the United States and globally, as well as reported anecdotes such as Bruno's improvement, suggest cannabis' capabilities in treating a wide range of illnesses, an increasing number of US states are moving towards legalising cannabis for recreational or medical purposes.
More than half of the 50 American states now approve medical cannabis use.
However, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a narcotic and illegal for any type of usage, which has hindered research into its medicinal potential.