Father of Mexican girl with severe epilepsy to defend cannabis oil before WHO
During the meeting, the committee will review a number of psychoactive substances with potential for dependence, abuse and harm to health and make recommendations to the
Elizalde says cannabidiol is sold legally around the world because - unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis - it is not considered psychoactive. But he added that he became alarmed when he saw that CBD was on the list for review by the expert committee.
"The only problem with cannabidiol is that it comes from cannabis, and that makes it taboo," he said.
A Mexican judge authorized imports of cannabidiol two years ago, and Elizalde's daughter -
Earlier this year,
Grace formerly suffered 400 epileptic seizures per day, but that number has dropped by 90 percent due to her use of pure cannabidiol imported from
Before taking cannabidiol, Grace, now 10, had tried a score of anticonvulsants and even underwent surgery without any benefit, according to Elizalde, who said his daughter was now learning to stand up by herself.
The constant seizures caused brain scarring and a speech learning handicap.
But Grace "now has found a way of communicating in a simpler way by using signs or pounding on the table," Elizalde said.