As the legal status of cannabis is constantly changing in the United States, patients in other countries are starting to ask for medical cannabis options in their own countries. One Taiwanese mother recently moved to Oregon, which legalized medical cannabis in 1997, in hopes of saving her son’s life.
Cindy, as she was named to a local NBC news affiliate, stayed in California for three months last summer to have her son Kevin’s brain tumor and resulting epilepsy treated at a clinic with cannabis oil.
When they went back to Taiwan, MRI results showed the tumor had stopped growing. She realized then that using cannabis was a successful treatment option rather than the surgery and chemotherapy as their Taiwanese doctors had recommended. “I can see they feel so terrible after the surgery, I don’t like that,” said Cindy. “Some people get disabled after the surgery. I really don’t want to see my kids get that surgery.”
She read up on cannabis treatment and joined a Facebook group, where she met Jessamyn Way, a mother who also suffers from a brain tumor and severe epilepsy. Way invited Cindy and her son Kevin to stay with them after hearing their story. They will be living with her for three months while Kevin follows Way’s daily regimen. “I firmly believe that the oil will be providing her will do the trick because it cured my Brainstem Glioma . . . so now she’s working on his.” Way also helped Cindy start the process of getting a medical cannabis card.
“This one is a little different, it is a patient coming from out of the country. So we’re very excited to be able to help that patient and get the care that is needed,” said Heather Chapman of Empower Clinic.