Severely Epileptic Child Granted Cannabis Oil in Ireland, Setting Precedent: Almost Homeless in LA

Last week, 11 year old Billy Caldwell arrived back in Ireland after managing to secure legal, full spectrum cannabis oil in his home country. His family took him all the way to Los Angeles, California to pursue cannabis oil: it works like nothing else ever has, to treat his extremely severe “intractable, status epilepsy.”

Charlotte Caldwell, his mother, has been fighting hard for his life since he was “sent home from hospital to die” at the age of 8 months. She didn’t accept the diagnosis, and for 11 years she fought to keep him alive.

The pharmaceuticals never worked well for him. His condition is so severe, sometimes he is put into an induced coma to keep him alive.

His mother said:

“I was just doing my job. I think it was just a mammy looking after their child. That’s what a mammy has to do. That’s a mammy’s job to protect their child and that’s what I did. It’s him too though, he is a real wee fighter. He inspires me to keep going and continue to keep fighting for him. He won’t give up so therefore I never will.”

According to the Irish Sun:

“He recently suffered a devastating set back and was placed in an induced coma after he suffered an extreme seizure. The cost of his hospital bills almost led to he and his mum becoming homeless in in L.A.

However, their prayers were answered when they were contacted by Irish based Dr. James Linden , of Greenlight Medicine, a highly experienced pharmaceutical professional and scientist.

He among others have worked tirelessly this last number of months to procure CBD/THC that can replace the supplement that Billy has being using successfully in L.A.”

They didn’t know what to do in returning home with the Irish cannabis laws, until a pharmaceutical start-up called GreenLight Medicines was granted permission to “explore the benefits” of cannabis.

They received  €500,000 in funds from a consortium of Irish investors to explore CBD oil which is legal in Ireland, but Charlotte managed to get full spectrum cannabis oil containing THC for Billy in specific, setting a precedent for cannabis oil in the country. GreenLight is working with several universities.

THC is thought to be a necessary component of medicinal cannabis oil, as you can hear from the mouth of a cancer patient curing himself.

People say full spectrum is more effective than isolated CBD oil. If you think about it, making it CBD only, just to follow an unnecessary and unjust law is something no one should have to do.

His mother said:

“Incredibly, he has achieved this he can provide Billy CBD/THC whole plant extract manufactured to pharmaceutical standards and 100 per cent legal in both U.K and ROI.

We just came in through and brought Billy’s CBD/THC through with us. We’re delighted to be home and that was the whole objective of the exercise.

You just have to look at him to see the improvement. He is more focused, more balanced, eating better, sleeping better with the oil. There is a huge difference and I see him every day. There are wee improvements all the time.”

While it is incomprehensibly positive that Billy can now have his medicine, we must ask the question: why should his family have to go through so much to get this medicine? Why is it that only investment, money, financial interest can grant him government permission to consume this?

Why should anyone have to jump through this many hoops to get medicine that should be our natural right to consume?
One day our children will look back on this time and see cannabis prohibition for what it is. There should be zero restrictions on cannabis oil: not CBD only, not heavily regulated, just pure legal cannabis. That’s what we have a natural right to.

To support Billy, you can follow his Facebook page “Keep Billy Alive” at this link, or research his story. Please share this with as many people as possible.

(image credit: belfastlive, wired)

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