Medical marijuana is now being grown in one Austin area dispensary.
Compassionate Cultivation is one of three companies in Texas licensed to grow cannabis high in CBD and low in THC. That means it won’t produce a high, but it could help treat patients with incurable epilepsy.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Compassionate Use Act into law in 2015. Two years later, Compassionate Cultivation is one of three providers approved to grow medical cannabis for epilepsy patients.
“This is just huge for people with intractable epilepsy,” said Donna Stahlhut, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas.
Compassionate Cultivation got their state license Oct. 31. The company is located in Manchaca near South Austin.
“Now we’ve got a pretty healthy initial crop that we’re excited to show you guys, that, for us, represents history in the making,” said Morris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation.
For Stahlhut, this history is long overdue.
“I have a son, who is grown now, but started having seizures when he was five years old. And every day he had at least one seizure, one day he had 60 seizures,” Stahlhut said.
Stahlhut said patients like her son have been hoping for an alternate therapy to treat epilepsy without the damaging side effects that may come with other medications.
“CBD oil has very few side effects,” said Stahlhut.
After the Compassionate Use Act was signed into law, CBD oil became a possible treatment option for Texans who haven’t responded to other seizure medications, but, before they can