Moriah Banhart believes medical marijuana is helping her three-year-old daughter deal with the side effects of aggressive brain cancer.
Dahlia Banhart was diagnosed with brain cancer last June and has undergone numerous rounds of surgery and chemotherapy.
Dahlia’s mom finally turned to a special form of medical marijuana known as cannabidiol (CBD), after her own research led her to believe it could help. CBD is a compound in marijuana that does not get you high, and actually acts to counter the effects of THC.
After the first dose, Dahlia regained her appetite and slept through the night for the first time in almost three years, says her mom.
But despite the incredible results, Dahlia’s mom says her doctors still refuse to talk about CBD, which remains illegal under U.S. federal law.
Indeed, while marijuana and its derivatives are classified as substances with no medical benefit, many patients find them effective for managing the side effects of chemotherapy. What’s more, decades of pre-clinical research have revealed CBD to have cancer-fighting properties itself.
Just last year, a company called GW Pharmaceuticals began the first clinical trials of a cannabis-based medicine for brain cancer.