Medical marijuana is fast becoming the best possible treatment for a variety of ailments, from pain to some psychological disorders. Sadly, itвЂ™s still illegal in many places worldwide. That fact is precisely why the Santiago family left their home in Puerto Rico and moved to Colorado.
When Kalel Santiago was 10 months old, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. He spent two years undergoing surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
These treatments exhausted the Santiago family, but more bad news came when they received a diagnoses of non-verbal autism.
вЂњWhile he was in the hospital, we noticed he didnвЂ™t speak at all and had some behavior that wasnвЂ™t right, like hand flapping, and walking on his toes,вЂќ said Abiel Santiago. вЂњBut we waited until he was 3 and cancer-free to look at his behavior.вЂќ
Abiel and his wife, Gladys, began researching KalelвЂ™s autism trying to better understand it and learn about therapies for it. One of the treatments they found was using cannabis oil, specifically the compound cannabidiol, or CBD.
After reading hundreds of testimonials about children in KalelвЂ™s situation being successfully treated with CBD, they decided to proceed. Two days after they began the treatments, Kalel spoke.
вЂњHe surprised us in school by saying the vowels, A-E-I-O-U. It was the first time ever,вЂќ Abiel recalled. вЂњYou canвЂ™t imagine the emotion we had, hearing KalelвЂ™s voice for the first time. It was amazing.вЂќ
He spoke his first words at school. His teacher was so amazed that she took a recording of him and sent it to them.
вЂњWe said well, the only different thing we have been doing is using the CBD,вЂќ KalelвЂ™s parents continued.В Eventually, Kalel learned consonants and began speaking actual words.
вЂњHe said, вЂamo mi mama,вЂ™вЂќ meaning вЂњI love my mom,вЂќ Abiel explained. вЂњI donвЂ™t know how to thank the CBD oil makers,вЂќ he said.
And yet itвЂ™s still illegal in the United States at a federal level. ItвЂ™s a shame. We could be treating so many people with medical marijuana. Do you think itвЂ™s time to legalize?