Now popular in Colorado, marijuana oil has long success history that’s often been ignored

By Dave Philipps

Photo - A crowd of friends and family gather to watch Holli Brown give her daughter Sydni Yunek, 9, her first dose of Charlotte's Web cannabis oil Thursday, October 22, 2013.  Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
A crowd of friends and family gather to watch Holli Brown give her daughter Sydni Yunek, 9, her first dose of Charlotte’s Web cannabis oil Thursday, October 22, 2013. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

 

One night in 1839, a woman knocked at the door of a British Army doctor named William O’Shaughnessy who was stationed in India. The woman’s infant was having seizures and needed help. The doctor tried several 19th-century remedies, including opium and leeches, but the convulsions grew worse over several days until the baby stopped eating and was convulsing almost constantly.

Not knowing what else to do, the doctor tried hemp, which the locals used as medicine.

A few drops of a cannabis tincture under the child’s tongue stopped the seizures almost immediately. Regular doses over the next few weeks brought the convulsions to an end.

 

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