Figure 1: Marijuana's increasing popularity for childhood epilepsy
There were 40 under 18 year olds on Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Registry at the beginning of 2013, but this increased dramatically after a special documentary entitled “Weed” aired on CNN in August 2013. The documentary, by neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN Sanjay Gupta, featured the case of Charlotte Figi, a five-year-old girl with Dravet syndrome, who was having 300 seizures per week despite being on seven epilepsy medicines. After starting medical marijuana, her seizure frequency reduced to just two to three per month.
Medical Marijuana Registry, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment