Medical marijuana is not a panacea. It doesn’t work for everyone and there’s no solid scientific consensus around some of its impact on chronic ailments—in part because research is hampered by pot’s absurd Schedule 1 status, which classes it in the same category as heroin. However, in many individual cases cannabis clearly does provide life-enhancing, and even life-saving, relief.
From the age of 14 months, Addyson Bennet suffered hundreds of seizures a day due to her myoclonic epilepsy, and the medications she was on didn’t help much. Her physical and mental development was impaired. Then her parents tried cannabis oil, and noticed an improvement mere hours after her first dose.
“We were just blown away, we just looked at each other and said, ‘Oh my gosh,'” her mother says. “She’s a kid again.” To benefit, the Bennets were forced to leave their lives behind and move from Illinois, where they were criminalized, to Colorado, where they could access to legal cannabis for their daughter.
Watch how well she’s doing below.