Documentary ‘CBD Nation’ Follows a Family’s Journey to Save Their Child

“I would do anything for my child (or children),” is something that parents understandably say and feel. While not a parent myself, I often imagine that the immense pressure of protecting a life that you brought into this world, and that you love more than yourself, has to be overwhelming at times. I think that there must be some superhero parent gene that kicks in because every time that I’ve ever watched a family member’s or friend’s, kids for just a couple of hours, has turned me into a nervous, exhausted wreck.

Unfortunately, too many parents have been forced with the traumatizing decision of attempting to save their children’s lives, but having to break the law to do so. The plight of Charlotte Figi, may she rest in peace, brought this issue to mainstream audiences after Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiled Charlotte as he documented the science and his own journey from prohibitionist to medical cannabis supporter on CNN. Now, as the Daily Beast reports, more stories like Charlotte’s are being told:

As more and more states (and countries) legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes, so too has the conversation over CBD grown exponentially. CBD Nation tackles the potential therapeutic applications of marijuana’s non-high-producing compound from numerous angles, and while its inquiry is far from comprehensive—to its detriment—it nonetheless adds to a growing chorus of voices contending that CBD is a safe, effective and possibly revolutionary treatment for a variety of ailments.

As with last year’s Waldo on Weed, Tommy Avallone’s portrait of a Pennsylvania couple that risked imprisonment by procuring and giving CBD to their eye cancer-stricken infant son, writer/director David Jakubovic’s documentary (on Amazon and VOD) is most compelling when it focuses on real-life examples of the magical benefits provided by the cannabidiol compound, which unlike THC, does not leave one stoned. Best of that bunch is the tale of Rylie Maedler, a young Delaware native whose life was threatened by a fierce bone tumor that—as horrifying facial scans illustrate—was literally eating away at her skull, causing her cheeks to slouch and her teeth to fall out. Faced with a fatal prognosis, Rylie’s mother Janie began giving Rylie CBD, and the effects were nothing short of astounding, eliminating the remainder of her post-surgery tumor, restoring her facial bone structure, and improving her general health and well-being.

If you have Amazon or can purchase it on demand, be sure to check out CBD Nation and spread the word. Hopefully, we can continue to convince legislators and policymakers to implement policies that will provide medical cannabis to all they need it, whether it contains THC or not. With virtually everyone supporting medical cannabis, too many folks feel like the battle has already been won, but too many people are going without a medicine that can benefit their lives, or those of their loved ones. Even in fully legal states, medical cannabis can be too expensive. Step by step, we must continue to share the truth about cannabis, until every patient has the medicine that they need.

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