Takoma Wellness Center is very proud to announce that we now offer Jackson's Courage, D.C.'s first high CBD Oil. Jackson's Courage is made entirely from medical marijuana plants grown in Washington, D.C. by Holistic Remedies Cultivation Center under the auspices of the Department of Health. It does not contain hemp and should not be confused with any of the CBD products available on the Internet. Jackson’s Courage was first developed to help children with intractable seizures, and Takoma Wellness Center provides it at no cost to any child registered to our dispensary. However, many, many adult patients have found it extremely helpful for a variety of conditions, primarily inflammatory conditions, neuropathic pain, and anxiety.
Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. (ProjectCBD.org)
We have been very inspired by Jackson and his parents...and we're sure you will be as well....Jackson’s mother wrote the following:
“Jackson Philip Leyden was born on March 4, 2003, at Georgetown University Hospital. His birth was normal and he developed quickly, taking his first steps at 10 months. Jackson has always been an almost preternaturally thoughtful and kind boy and received the Bernard T. Janney Award in 2nd grade for being respectful and considerate of others. He enjoys outdoor activities, playing with his younger brother Declan, and reading.
In the spring of 2011, when he turned eight years old he had his first visible seizure and was evaluated at Georgetown University Hospital, but received no definitive diagnosis. Since then, he has been evaluated at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and is currently a patient at the Children’s National Medical Center Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program—the only diagnosis to date has been “Jackson’s Disease.”
Jackson has endured more than 50 nights in the hospital, several traumatic falls, scores of missed school days, and has tried and failed 13 antiepileptic medications—all with very difficult side effects. He also received multiple rounds of methylprednisolone and IVIG infusions.
One of our most heart wrenching experiences was when, after multiple generalize tonic clonic seizures in the hospital, he asked us to put his stuffed lion in his suitcase so it would be safe and then he asked us if he was going to die. Jackson is now in sixth grade and has been on cannabis therapy for over 10 months. He has made huge strides in cognition and social-emotional skills. He even made the honor roll this year!
Jackson has experienced a significant reduction in his seizures. Now, he will even go weeks with no seizures. Currently, when we see any seizures, they tend to be brief and at night.
Despite many ups and downs, he is currently on only one antiepileptic medication (1/2 the original dose), in addition to Cannabis, and we hope to begin weaning off of that soon. Jackson is the first minor in the DC medical cannabis program and even got to name the strain that has been working for him – Jackson’s Courage. Thank you to our cultivator, Holistic Remedies, and our dispensary Takoma Wellness.
We are more hopeful for Jackson’s future as a result of being able to give him this medicine and are convinced of its potential efficacy. We hope that all parents will soon be able to access Cannabis in order to determine if it can help easy their children’s suffering and give them a chance for a brighter future…like Jackson.”