Hundreds of families have moved to Colorado in hopes of healing their sick children after conventional medicine has failed them. They’re turning to a liquid form of marijuana that has helped some, but not all.
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By Denver Post reporter John Ingold, with photos by Joe Amon and videos by Lindsay Pierce
Part 1: This is the story of 12-year-old Preston and his mother, Ana. They came to Colorado from North Carolina seeking a way to better control the seizures that have quaked through Preston’s brain every day since he was 3 months old. Learn more about young medical marijuana patients and the CBD oil used in treatments with varying degrees of success.
Part 2: The migration to Colorado by families of sick children seeking medical marijuana is fueled by hope, not science. Little is known about the treatment’s effects, and researchers suggest that some parents see progress because they’re desperate to see it.
Part 3: Families who brought their sick children to Colorado seeking a marijuana miracle found something else: each other. With doctors largely standing on the sidelines, the parents’ cannabis community offers camaraderie and support as they treat their kids.
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