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Texas 9-year-old girl drastically reduces seizures with marijuana

Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures.
Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures.

A little girl has found relief from her seizures after moving from Texas to Colorado.

Alexis Bortell, who has become a very big part of the medical marijuana movement in the Lone Star State, has been a Texas girl for 9 years of her life, and she still considers herself to be a Texas girl. However, her parents decided that they could not risk their daughter’s life any longer by keeping her in Texas.

Miss Bortell suffers from severe seizures which have kept her in and out of the hospital. Her doctors recommended that she get a special strain of cannabis which would help manage her symptoms.

While the Bortells did not want to break the law by giving their daughter marijuana in Texas, they have worked hard to raise awareness about the need for medical marijuana.

Once Alexis made it to Colorado, she began her treatment of cannabis oil. After her first evening dose on March 2, she stopped all symptom and seizure activity. She takes the medicine in liquid form twice a day at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to help manage her epilepsy.

Alexis' medicine, Haleigh's Hope from the Flowering Hope Foundation.
Alexis’ medicine, Haleigh’s Hope from the Flowering Hope Foundation.

Now after having been treated for a week straight with a personalized strain of cannabis called Haleigh’s Hope, which is made by Flowering Hope Foundation, Alexis has been seizure-free ever since and has not experienced any auras, tremors, shakes, or behavioral indicators of seizure.

The Bortells consider this to be a blessing, as they once counted the time in between seizures by hours. Now they’re at seven days and counting.

Her father, Dean, stated “she could still have seizures we understand but she has never gone a week without something since 2013.”

He adds, “The THC oil is important as it allows us to keep the CBD:THC ratios the same between batches. Texas’s current CBD bill would not allow this which means that not only will every dose not be the same but you will have to change the dosing amount between different bottles!”

Alexis describes the taste as “a little earthy” but it goes down well with apple juice.

Alexis taking her medicine and washing it down with a little apple juice.
Alexis taking her medicine and washing it down with a little apple juice.

Dean says that he hopes legislators will take note of what is happening with his daughter, stating “it is my sincere hope that Alexis’s story will finally allow Texas legislators to ‘personalize’ medical cannabis. She has met many of them in person and because of that they can now say ‘I know a little girl who it helped, I’ve spoken with her’. Will it be enough for them to seek a real education on the subject? We are still waiting on that answer.”

A little girl’s suffering has been eased, and many are hoping that others here in Texas will soon be able to experience the same relief.

Alexis feeling better with her friend Barbara (left) and her mother (right).
Alexis feeling better with her friend Barbara (left) and her mother (right).

Medical marijuana will be discussed in this year’s legislative session. Already several bills have been filed on the topic, and this coming week a whole-plant medical bill will be filed as well.

According to a recent poll that was conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, a strong majority of 77 percent support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Texas.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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