HOUSTON — Marijuana as medicine. Texas is late to the game, but late is better than never for two families in Greater Houston struggling with epilepsy.
For 9-year-old Zachary Lindeen, 27-year-old Britton Holman, and both of their families, the wait for CBD marijuana is finally over.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act passed in 2015. It allows for low THC content, high CBD (or cannabidiol) content marijuana to be prescribed for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.
“He’s tried eight different medications and then you know combinations of medications it’s a much bigger number,” says Piper Lindeen, Zachary’s mother.
“Nothing else was working and I would research and I would find these incredible stories and I knew people who were moving to try to get to medical marijuana,” says Teresa Holman, Britton’s mother.
NewsFix was there in January as the first legal marijuana harvest finally took place, just south of Austin, at one of the three licensed dispensaries in Texas at Compassionate Cultivation.
“We planted our first seed on October 31st…there’s no silver bullet, right, and all medicine effects people differently but for many many people, CBD has the ability to be a transformational medicine,” says Morris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation.
“It’s possible that perhaps 40% to 50% of folks can have a good outcome,” says Dr. Michael Newmark of Kelsey Seybold. His patients are