Charlotte’s Web cannabis treatment oil for children held at Canadian border

Charlotte’s Web cannabis treatment oil for children held at Canadian border

A Summerland family is desperate to access their shipment of Charlotte’s Web, a medical marijuana oil made especially for children, but it has been held up at customs at the Canadian border.Elaine Nuessler, who advocates for the use of cannabis oil treatments for kids with seizures, is terrified that her granddaughter, four-year-old Kyla Williams, will suffer hundreds of seizures a day if she doesn’t get the cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which the family has been importing for more than a year.The little girl has become the poster child in B.C. for children who have shown remarkable recovery using Charlotte’s Web, a cannabis oil low in THC (the psychoactive compound) but high in CBD, the non-psychoactive component found to help with some types of seizures. The organic product is manufactured in Colorado as a dietary supplement and has only 0.3 per cent THC.Kyla went from more than 300 seizures a day to virtually none, and relies solely on Charlotte’s Web instead of pharmaceutical drugs to treat her seizures, but the family’s shipment has been flagged at the border.“People are writing to me and they are freaking out. It is absolutely ludicrous.”Reached at home in Summerland on Wednesday, Nuessler was overcome with emotion, as she described how worried families with young epileptic children are. She said several people have contacted her to say that their shipments have also been held at the border.She believes that border officials have not done proper testing, and are holding it because there are small amounts of THC. She said it is so frustrating because Canadians have the right to legal medical marijuana.She said although she has received dozens of offers from medical marijuana producers in Canada, she believes there is no other product that is as consistent in quality and as low in THC for children as Charlotte’s Web.There are some medical marijuana products in Canada designed for children, but Nuessler said it is very problematic for families to start “experimenting” again with a new product because they don’t know how their child will respond, and they have dealt with so many inconsistent products in the past.For example, some could be higher in THC than advertised, which could cause children to space out.“These children cannot be without this oil. It’s a terrible situation. Why is medical cannabis still such a threat?” she said. “I just wish the border officials could see the faces of the children they are affecting,” she said, her voice shaking.“Charlotte’s Web has three years of expertise in making children’s CBD oil. This is a hybrid that is so great for kids. It is clean and organic,” added Nuessler, who has spent months in Colorado researching the product.Kathy Liu, a spokeswoman for the Canada Border Service Agency, said under Canada law, “it is illegal to import or export drugs, including marijuana and its derivatives, whether medicinal or not.”The Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for enforcing over 90 acts of legislation, including the Customs Act and Criminal Code, Liu added.She has yet to respond to questions about how many shipments of Charlotte’s Web have been stopped at the border, and how the product is being tested to determine if it is an illegal drug.Nuessler argues that the product, which in the U.S. is labelled as a dietary supplement, is so low in THC that it should not be considered an illegal drug, and she wants to know how it is being tested at the border.

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