A mother from Cork has called for a change to Ireland’s cannabis laws after the drug was used to successfully treat her son’s seizures.
Yvonne Cahalane, of Dunmanway, wants medicinal marijuana to be legalised after seeing the positive results it had on her two-year-old son, Tristan, in America.
Tristan was suffering from up to 20 seizures a day but following the cannabis oil treatment in Colorado, he is now “99 per cent seizure free”.
He hasn’t suffered a seizure in three months and, since using the cannabis oil, hasn’t required rescue medication or emergency oxygen.
He can now take part in normal, everyday activities and his sleeping and appetite have greatly improved.
“Tristan was suddenly able to make eye contact and became more alert,” Yvonne said.
“He began to babble, repeat sounds and say new words – all of which had vanished since his spate of violent seizures last May when he stopped talking altogether.
“During the second week he began to get steadier on his feet, he wasn’t falling after a few steps, he was bending with stability. He would sit down without help and he began to kick a ball.
“His seizure activity lessened with every few days and once he had been increased to his optimum dose with the introduction of tiny amounts of THC, he was 99% seizure-free and has been ever since.”
When Tristan and his mother return upon the expiration of their visas, he will no longer be able to receive such treatment since it is illegal in Ireland.
So Yvonne has launched a campaign to legalise medicinal marijuana in the country, with her online petition on change.org almost on 6,000 signatures.
“I think the prospects are good – it’s illogical not to have it in Ireland,” she said.