(medical refugee from Oklahoma)
age when starting cannabis
5 years old
Update May 2016
Rachel has been on whole plant medical cannabis for almost 2 years now. The results have been nothing less than a miracle for her and her family. To follow her journey, please follow her mom, Teresa Reyes, on FB.
On October 3,2007 my husband and I were blessed to adopt our girl named Rachel Rena Reyes. Born at 28 weeks gestation weighing 2 lbs 5 oz . She grew very well for a child who was premature. She did great and grew by leaps and bounds. Happy, giggly with no real health issues. Then at the age of just over 1 year things changed… she would not respond to her name, the babbling stopped, and no eye contact. It was if she wasn't aware of things around her. In 2011 she was diagnosed with severe autism. We were told the possibility of Rachel becoming verbal was slim and that she would probably never be self-sufficient (that was a hard one to swallow). As Rachel got older it just seemed to get worse on everything…she slept 4 hours a night at best. At the age of 5 she became so violent and her scratching, kicking, and biting at school and home was getting to be too much. Her verbalization was maybe three words and it was sometimes hard to understand. I never got so tired of having to repair stuff. Finally my son who is 23 and lives in Colorado called and said mom you need to get Rachel here there is help for Rachel's seizures and I believe her autism also. Mind you we knew at the stage with Rachel we had two choices: have her placed or move. We choice the latter. So we packed up and moved. We applied for Rachel's red card and were approved in August 2014. We got on the waiting list for CWHO (Charlotte’s Web) and THC. Within a short time we started seeing changes. Her aggression started getting better. More words started getting clearer. Her eye contact improved and her seizures became almost non-existent. Her sleeping went from 4 hours to 7-8 hours. As time went on the words became longer and started to be full sentences and not only that, she started conversing with me! Her eating has become excellent and we have been able to introduce a few more foods that she will eat. Her aggression is 80 percent better and my arms are healing nicely. She is finally using the big girl potty and I'm so thrilled! Autism is hard on all involved. And we are given our babys and they depend on us to help them get through this and medical cannabis (the whole plant) has saved my daughter and my family and I know without a shadow of a doubt, because I have proof within my own documentation and videos that medical cannabis has saved my daughter from being placed in a facility but it has also given my girl back to me.
- Rachel's mom, July 2015