By Steve Elliott
Doctors never believed that 7-year-old Jayden David, who suffers from epilepsy, would ever be able to make sounds, or to use his fingers to push buttons.
Some of his seizures lasted for more than an hour and a half, despite the 20 prescribed pharmaceutical pills -- including Phenobarbital, Topamax, and Depakote -- he took every day, reported Luana Munoz at Fox 40. The side effects were devastating, reported Lee Romney at the Los Angeles Times last year.
But his life changed when his father, Jason David, discovered medical marijuana with cannabidiol, or CBD, after hearing about a teenager who was expelled from school for using marijuana to help control seizures.
"Jayden's life was being tortured by pharmaceutical drugs and from seizures," Jason said. "Jayden was having seizures every day of his life until he was about 4-1/2. If he wasn't sleeping, he was seizing."
But in the 14 months since then, Jayden has been swallowing droppers full of a tincture which contains CBD. CBD, an important cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant, doesn't result in a "high" like THC, the well-known psychoactive component of cannabis.
Now Jayden's seizures are down by 80 percent, Jason said. "The doctors told me Jayden would never walk or talk."