Charlotte Figi was a young girl from Colorado who suffered from a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. She experienced frequent seizures that were difficult to control with traditional medications, and her quality of life was severely impacted as a result. However, in 2011, her parents discovered that a strain of cannabis that was high in CBD (cannabidiol) and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that causes a high, could help reduce her seizures.
This discovery led to the development of a strain of cannabis called Charlotte’s Web, named after Charlotte Figi. The high-CBD, low-THC strain was specifically cultivated to help people with epilepsy, and it became a popular treatment option for those who had not found relief with traditional medications.
Charlotte’s story quickly gained national attention, and she became a symbol of hope for families of children with epilepsy who were seeking alternative treatments. Her success with CBD oil also helped to push for greater legalization of medical marijuana and CBD oil in the United States, as it demonstrated that the plant could be used for medicinal purposes without causing intoxication..
Charlotte Figi became a well-known advocate for medical cannabis and CBD, and her story helped to inspire others to seek out alternative treatments for their medical conditions. Sadly, Charlotte passed away in April 2020 at the age of 13 due to complications from a respiratory illness. However, her legacy lives on through the work of her family and the continued use of Charlotte’s Web as a treatment option for those with epilepsy and other medical conditions.