After 9 years of silence, autistic boy’s first words shock medical doctors
Parents believe CBD cured their son’s autism
The case for CBD as a highly effective antiepileptic treatment is well-known.
The dramatic improvements seen in Charlotte Figi, an epileptic child diagnosed with a rare and intractable form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, is probably the world’s most well-known example of CBD’s effectiveness against epilepsy.
At five years old, Charlotte was having 300 seizures a week. After treatment with CBD oil, her attacks went from 300 a week to only 1 a week. Today, she is now ten years old and living her life to the fullest – a beacon of hope for epileptic children everywhere.
Her groundbreaking story has inspired a monumental shift in attitudes towards CBD. For the first time, parents of severely epileptic children have hope for a viable treatment and are moving their families into states with CBD friendly laws. Politicians are beginning to recognize that CBD is a non-psychoactive and non-addictive alternative medicine for treating epilepsy and they’re pushing for legislation that could eventually legalize the drug. And the limits on research into cannabidiol are beginning to be lifted as CBD’s long list of potential health benefits continues to expand.
In just a short few years, CBD has gained a cult following as a highly effective (but not yet scientifically proven) treatment for epilepsy.
But can it be a miracle treatment for other disorders as well?
Abiel Gomez Santiago and his wife Gladys Santiago from Puerto Rico certainly think so.
After 9 years of silence, their autistic son, Kalel Santiago, made headlines when he spoke his first words after being treated with CBD.
Kalel The Fighter
In his young life, Kalel Santiago has faced more adversity than most people ever will in their lifetime.
10 months after he was born, Kalel was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer of specialized nerve cells called neural crest cells. These cells are involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues.
After spending more than two years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, the young man finally beat the disease and was declared cancer-free.
Unfortunately, after winning the battle with cancer he was later diagnosed with severe, non-verbal autism.
According to his father, “While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak at all and had some behavior that wasn’t right, like hand flapping, and walking on his toes… But we waited until he was 3 and cancer-free to look at his behavior.”
His parents tried a number of different treatments and therapies and eventually found a unique surf-therapy school near their home that helped people with cognitive or physical disabilities and those with learning difficulties.
But although the surf-therapy was effective, the real breakthrough came when the Santiagos attended a fundraising event for the program and discovered that CBD rich hemp oil was being used to ease symptoms of epilepsy and autism.
Wasting no time, the Santiagos took home a sample of CBD spray that was produced by by Hemp Health in California and gave their son twice daily doses. The results were nothing short of miraculous.
Kalel Santiago, after being silent for 9 whole years, began talking after just two days.
“Like his parents, I am also in shock… the story of Kalel is groundbreaking,” said Dr. Giovanni Martinez, their clinical psychologist in Puerto Rico. “He was a full non-verbal patient. He only made sounds. The only change in his treatments was the use of CBD.”
Desperate parents turning to CBD
Although these cases have inspired parents of epileptic and autistic children, the success of Kalel Santiago and Charlotte Figi are still only anecdotal evidence and don’t represent proof of CBD’s healing properties. Research into CBD is still in its infancy so until there is better and more rigorous testing, the medical community will continue to warn parents about the dangers of trying experimental drug treatments on their children.
Thankfully that is beginning to change as Israeli doctors recently received approval to use CBD to treat autism in a first-of-its-kind study. Head of research, Dr. Adi Eran, is in the process of obtaining permits from the Health Ministry for the study, which will involve 120 autistic individuals, male and female, aged 4 to 30, who are defined as low to medium functioning.
The results of this impending study could provide the evidence to back what CBD’s advocates have been claiming all along. But desperate parents of epileptic and autistic children aren’t waiting around for the results – they’re taking action now.
Because it is non-psychoactive and has no worrisome side effects, and because it is less harmful than the drugs that doctors routinely prescribe, parents are increasingly willing to give it shot – especially when they feel that their children’s medication isn’t working or is causing adverse reactions.
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