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Dad treats 5-year-old with medical marijuana

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The reality TV show "Weed Wars" recently sparked the medical marijuana debate when the show featured a father who turned to the drug to cure his son's seizures.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Five-year-old Jayden has Dravet’s Syndrome, an extreme form of epilepsy, which has bought on hour-long seizures since he was a few months old. Traditional medication has provided little or no relief for him. So his father turned to Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland.

The staff recommended treating Jayden with a tincture containing a high level of cannabidiol (CBD), a health-restoring compound in cannabis that has been shown to help control convulsions, and low amounts of [tetrahydrocannabinol] (THC), the psychoactive agent found in marijuana.

"I'm not trying to get my son high, I'M trying to cure my son's seizures," Jayden's dad said.

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