Brandy And Tres Johnson

Brandy And Tres Johnson | Cannabis & Children

Raising a child in the year 2016 is extremely difficult. With many outside factors and so much going on all the time, it can be tough for a mother to keep track of everything. That becomes more difficult when you are Brandy Johnson, a young woman from the state of Missouri. The Johnson family is a loving group of people that have had to face extremely tough circumstances with their youngest boy, Tres, who has a condition known as diprosopus. This extremely rare condition is cause by the presence of the SHH protein during gestation. The effects of the SHH protein are neurological and cranial duplication, resulting in unusual formations of the brain and the bone structure of the face. So while the Johnson family is surrounded by love and light, they are struggling to provide the care that Tres needs to live a more normal life.


Most children that are born with diprosopus do not live long, which makes Tres (age 12) a miracle. Doctors did not expect such a fight from this little boy, especially since Tres is also constantly battling intractable epilepsy. This small child can have up to almost 500 seizures a 24-hour window. As a mother, Brandy suffered greatly watching her child go through this pain and wanted to do anything and everything she could to help Tres live a more comfortable life. But while doctor visit after doctor visit turned up little to no answers, things began to look bleak. The only treatments that the doctors seemed interested in were immense amounts of pharmaceutical drugs which turned Tres in to a zombie. Brandy and her husband couldn’t stand to view their son that way and even with the medicine, the constant seizures never stopped or slowed.


With few options remaining, the doctors recommended that the Johnson’s have a small implant put in at the base of Tres’ neck. This implant a device called a Vagus Neuro Simulator and is attached to the Vagus nerve. During an epileptic seizure, this device shocks the Vagus nerve for seven to twenty seconds during a seizure in an attempt to get the body to stop seizing. Reluctant but willing to try anything to help their son, the Johnson’s had the device implanted. Six months later, Tres maxed out the device and the seizures still hadn’t stopped. In fact, due to a partial decrease from the device, the little boy was having more severe and increased seizures once the device was removed. It was then, in November 2012, that the doctors told Brandy and her husband that they had exhausted all medical options. There was nothing left to do for their son.

Brandy wouldn’t accept the news. She would not give up without a fight.


In her heart, she knew that there was something out there to help her son. So she began to look online, searching alternative and holistic alternatives. “Something inside me changed that day,” she says. She read through hundreds of articles and documents pertaining to other treatments for severe epilepsy. Finally, she stumbled across the story of young Charlotte Figi. This little Colorado native had been fighting with epilepsy when a group of cannabis growers began cultivating a new strain called Charlotte’s Web. When this high CBD strain was administered to the young girl, her seizures drastically decreased. Her motor functions and speech improved and her parents were shocked that this change in their daughter was due to a plant. Brandy knew that this was something she had to look in to for Tres. By now, she was resuscitating Tres two or three times a week due to the overwhelming seizures and Tres’ body was beginning to show the signs of renal failure. Not wanting her family to watch their youngest son waste away in front of them, Brandy knew what she had to do.


After speaking with her husband, the couple made the choice to send Brandy and Tres to Colorado in order to obtain safe medicine for their boy. With $6,000, Brandy made the trip with Tres from Missouri to Colorado, since the plant is still illegal in their home state. It was the only way that the family could get Tres the medicine that he needed. They thought they had planned everything correctly but when they arrived at their apartment in Colorado, they found that the complex would not meet the conditions that Tres needed. Even though the family had paid the money for the apartment, the complex wouldn’t work with them. Brandy tried her hardest to make it work but the unaccommodating living conditions were too much. With their savings depleted, Brandy had no choice but to return with Tres to Missouri.


Even though the family is back in Missouri, Tres is still getting doses of CBD cannabis oil that Brandy got for him in Colorado. While the law considers her a criminal, this is the only way for Brandy’s son to live a comfortable life. This oil is the only thing that has positively effected Tres’ seizures and Brandy isn’t about to let that go. As far as she is concerned, this plant is the only medicine that will ever work for her son. From three months old, Tres had suffered from seizures. He is 12 now. For this family, cannabis is the last option. Since November 2012, Tres has not responded to any form of medical treatment and even though the medical marijuana bill passed in the Johnson’s home state, there are no places selling medicine yet.

Families like the Johnson’s need to be able to obtain their medicine safely.


These people are not criminals!

They are handling life the best way that they can. There is nothing criminal about a mother trying to do what’s best for her child. Cannabis can help people like Tres and Brandy and so many others. Patients need to be able to get their hands on cannabis in safe, knowledgeable environments. They are not criminals. No one should have to fight for a medicine that actually works.

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Brandy And Tres Johnson | Cannabis & Children

How To Talk To Children About Cannabis

How To Talk To Children About Cannabis

Kids these days are the future of our generation, obviously, much like we were fifteen-twenty years ago. Unfortunately for us, the youth is more preoccupied with how many followers they have on Twitter rather than the real issues that are at stake. One of these such issues being the state of cannabis in society. As the self-proclaimed green generation, it is up to us to teach our children the truth about weed, instead of the scare tactics that most of us grew up with. Programs like DARE still exist and aim to deter children away from cannabis with “facts” that primarily comes from Reefer Madness.


For a lot of twenty one to thirty year olds, their parents spent most of their time talking about the negative effects of cannabis. Not once when I was growing up did either of my parents mention any benefits to ingesting marijuana. Instead, I was repeatedly told that the plant was harmful, whether the “information” came from my parents, teachers, or the cop that taught us DARE back in fifth grade. What is unfortunate is that none of these people once suggested that marijuana might benefit me. In reality, I could’ve used marijuana a lot earlier on in life, had people told me the truth about the plant.


When it comes to kids and cannabis, the bottom line is that the truth needs to be told. No scare tactics or telling them that they’ll be stupid if they choose to smoke. What needs to be done is very simple; let them make their own choice. Cannabis use by those under eighteen years old has shown decreased myelin formation in the brain. Myelin being the protective coating around the human brain that shields it from trauma. If this layer doesn’t form correctly, it can lead to issues later in life. But with the supervision of doctors and other professionals or after a child turns eighteen, it should be up to them on whether or not they want to try smoking marijuana. It is with this idea that the child should grow up with as well, rather than having parents who constantly tell the child that marijuana is a terrible plague upon the human race.


There’s no point in hiding marijuana from kids; chances are they will get a hold of it at some point before they turn eighteen. It’s up to the parents to inform their children with knowledge that will help them to make their own choices once they’re presented with cannabis.

How To Talk To Children About Cannabis

Cannabis & Children; Mary Louise Swing

Cannabis & Children; Mary Louise Swing


Of those that suffer from illness in this day and age, children get the short end of the stick if you will. Drugs administered to children can have extreme side effects and sometimes, even the doctors run out of options and end up trying experimental drugs or pharmaceuticals made for animals. These drugs have no known side effects and the long term effects on the children are also unknown, giving children with cancer and epilepsy a bleak future. This is especially hard on parents, as they have to stand by and watch their sick baby suffer with no idea on how to ease the pain.

More and more parents with sick kids are coming forward and backing cannabis as a treatment for their children’s disease. For example, six year old Mary Louise Swing from Hilton Head Island in South Carolina suffers from severe seizures, sometimes over up to 100 in a 45 minute therapy session with her doctors. The little girl could barely speak, as the seizures were effecting her development and energy levels severely.

Jill Swing, Mary Louise’s mother, fought tooth and nail with the politicians in South Carolina to change the law and allow people suffering from severe epilepsy to ingest cannabis oil. The oil has been studied and found to have amazing effects on young children who are suffering with deadly diseases including cancer and epilepsy. After a long battle, the officials in SC passed the bill and the little girl received her first dose of the oil recently, with effects that amazed everyone.

Mary Louise got one dose of cannabidol, also known as CBD oil. During her 45 minute therapy sessions, her seizures decreased to 19 as compared to the previous staggering number of 100. Before, the little girl was quiet and had trouble speaking. After the dose, her mother says that she is a little chatterbox and never stops speaking, something that wasn’t foreseen in Mary Louise’s future for a long time. Beaufort Republican Senator Tom Davis says that he will soon file a bill that will allow an expansion of cannabis oil use for those patients, like Mary Louise, who could really benefit from the use of the oil.

Cannabis & Children; Mary Louise Swing

Dahlia; Cannabis & Children

Dahlia; Cannabis & Children

Children especially deserve to be able to utilize the healing properties of cannabis when diagnosed with severe illnesses such as cancer. With the dangerous effects of radiation being almost as bad as the effects from the disease itself, cannabis is being continuously proven to be a way to combat cancer, with virtually no negative side effects. Even those who don’t use cannabis to combat the cancer can benefit from the effects of the plant in regards to eating, sleeping, and being able to function somewhat normally.

Moriah Barnhart definitely wasn’t prepared for the diagnoses of her daughter’s highly aggressive and malignant brain cancer on May 5th, 2013. But then again, who is ever really prepared for that announcement? The mother of two had to make the hard choice to move the family from their home in Tampa, Florida to Memphis, Tennessee in order for Dahlia to undergo cancer treatments at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The move wasn’t easy but was accomplished and the family settled in Memphis.

While the family adjusted, Moriah continued to research and began to look in to the medical marijuana field. The research she did showed her that cannabis was looked at as a good way to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and to help negate the ill effects of chemotherapy treatments. But the problem arose that the plant was illegal and Moriah had to make another hard choice. She made the decision to move her family again, from Memphis to Colorado Spring, Colorado, becoming one of the Marijuana Refugees, people moving across the country in order to get treatment for serious illnesses.

These days, Dahlia receives a small dose of Phoenix Tears. This special kind of nonpsychoactive hemp oil strain doesn’t get the user high but instead utilizing high amounts of CBD, the ingredient of cannabis that combats the cancer. How’s Dahlia doing? Her mother says the 3-year-old is doing very well and is back to being a normal, happy, laughing toddler. She continues to undergo chemotherapy and cancer treatments but her mother believes that the Phoenix Tears are helping immensely. This form of treatment should continue to be studied as an alternative for chemotherapy, especially for children.


Dahlia; Cannabis & Children

Addy; Cannabis & Children

Addy; Cannabis & Children

As a parent, there are extreme lengths that one would go to in order to protect their child and make sure that they’re safe. Of course, it’s hard for a parent to do that when their child becomes ill, diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia at just three and a half months old. This is what happened to Addy Patrick, a little girl who is constantly suffering due to her condition. The condition causes blindness, hormonal dysfunction, and brain malformation, which leads to severe epileptic episodes.

Addy sleeps at least 19 hours a day and the time that she’s awake is filled with seizures, sometimes up to a dozen a day. The amount of seizures depends on the amount of medicine that she has in her system, but not all of the drugs that she has prescribed are working. The Patrick family has tried several different pharmaceuticals and none of them have helped their daughter. Instead, the drug wear the little girl out, leaving her drained and unenthusiastic. These ill effects are beginning to show signs of impact on Addy’s development, hindering her ability to walk and talk like a normal little girl.

In August, Addy’s parents began looking in to medical marijuana in order to help their daughter live a somewhat normal life. As of right now, Addy is not on medical marijuana yet but her parents are actively pursing cannabis as a treatment for their little girl. Hopefully, in the near future, this child will be able to get the medicine that she definitely needs, so that she can grow up a normal, healthy, happy little girl. There should be no negative side effects from her medicine, not like the tiring properties of the pharmaceuticals she’s on now. Cannabis should be her medicine, not these terrifying pills.


Addy; Cannabis & Children

Cora; Cannabis & Children

Cora; Cannabis & Children

At age six, Cora is a sweet little girl who suffers from Macrocephaly-Capillary Malformation. M-CM is a very rare multiple-malformation syndrome that causes the body and head to overgrow. This causes abnormalities in the skin, vascular system, the brain, and in the limbs. It also causes seizures, of which Cora has had multiple times a day since she was just five months old. She was put on seven different medications of the course of the next two and a half years, none of which seemed to get the seizures under control and by her third birthday, the episodes had dramatically increased, causing Cora’s parents to become extremely worried. They were told that their only option was brain surgery on their little girl.

When October 2013 rolled around, Cora was operated on and the doctors performed a right-sided hemispherectomy and corpus callosotomy. The surgeries left her unable to feed herself or even sit up on her own for that matter. With the hope that the surgery would decrease the episodes, the family lost hope three months later when the seizures returned. Since the family had tried basically everything, they began to look in to alternative treatments with the hopes that there might be something out there that would help.

Five months after the surgery, Cora started on a the Ketogenic diet but even though the effects have been improvements, the family is still struggling. Due to Cora’s M-CM, she has many obstacles to overcome including a double hip surgery, which was only half successful and still causes the child a great amount of pain. Thankfully, the idea of cannabis has been introduced to the family and their hope is that within a few months, they will be able to completely eradicate the pharmaceuticals completely, as well as the diet.

Cora’s parents wonder if things would have been different had they discovered cannabis sooner. They are thankful, however, that they have it now and they look forward to the positive effects that it will have on their daughter. Perhaps if cannabis had been introduced to Cora earlier, surgery couldn’t been avoided. But at least Cora is doing better now and she will be able to utilize cannabis in order to help her become a healthy child.


Cora; Cannabis & Children

Millie; Cannabis & Children

Millie; Cannabis & Children

Seeing a 2-year-old child get diagnosed with intractable infantile spasms isn’t something that a parent should have to go through but it’s a reality for the parents of Millie, a young girl with a rare form of early onset epilepsy in which the brain seizes constantly. This rare condition is called intractable by the medical community because they cannot be controlled with normal medication prescribed for epilepsy. Since Millie was just 3 months old, she has been on eight different medications, meaning that three quarters of her life has been spent taking powerful anti seizure medicines that aren’t even actually working.

When Millie started on the medications, she also started on a specific ketogenic diet designed to help control the body’s chemistry and the process of producing ketones to fuel the body as opposed to glucose. While a lot of patients find success with this diet, Millie was not one of those people. For the following nine months, she grew slowly and by her first birthday, was still wearing 3-6 month old clothing. While the diet is supposed to have positive effects, it can also cause patients to suffer from bone deterioration, making the users more prone to broken bones. In June of 2013, Millie’s body began going in to a state called metabolic acidosis, and due to a misdiagnosis, her kidneys shut down.

After a summer filed with blood transfusions, hospital stays, and a staph infection, the parents of Millie decided to investigate in to medical cannabis a bit more. Nothing seemed to be working this far. With few options left, looking in to cannabis was one of the only things that the family hadn’t tried for their daughter. The family uprooted themselves and moved from Cincinnati to Colorado, where Millie began to receive treatments of THCa oil for six weeks. The time period has shown that the seizures have decreased considerably, by 75-90%. The family also joined the waiting list to gain access to the incredible strain called Charlotte’s Web, developed especially for a child suffering from epilepsy but was awarded the strain upon Millie’s 2nd birthday. The family hopes that the combination of the oil and the Charlotte’s Web strain will be the right combination to help their little girl.


Millie; Cannabis & Children


Jacob; Children and Cannabis


At age four, Jacob was diagnosed with a very rare form of dystrophy called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy. This disease causes a serious breakdown of the central nervous system, causing seizures and developmental issues. In 2006, the young boy suffered a Grand-Mal seizure that rendered him unresponsive. Reviving methods were taken to bring Jacob back and after that, Jacob has suffered multiple different kinds of seizure on an hourly basis, not to mention the episodes that are caused by the medicine that’s supposed to be helping.

Jacob didn’t have much hope when he was first diagnosed. According to doctors, children that suffer from this affliction usually don’t live past the age of six, due to complications from the onset of the symptoms, as this disease is considered terminal. But thankfully, Jacob is still alive today at age 13. He recently also started a CBD routine that has not only helped him to become seizure free but also pharmaceutical free. Jacob now experiences joy, happiness, better sleep, an improved appetite, and his eyes are able to focus much better. And that’s only the start of what Jacob’s family is noticing since the switch to CBD.

This little boy wasn’t expected to live past age six. Seeing as how he’s more than doubled that estimate, I would say that this story is one of the more tear-jerking ones. Such improvement in a young child is sure to help people see the wonders of cannabis. Children like Jacob need cannabis in order to get better. Let’s face it, the medicine that they have now is definitely not working. When a child suffers like this, it takes a huge toll not only on the child but the parents and other family members as well. With the help of cannabis, this family (along with many others) will be able to live happy lives.


Jacob; Children and Cannabis