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Parents hail 10-month-old's response to cannabis oil treatment as 'amazing'


Baby Luella has a rare type of epilepsy called West syndrome. Credit: 7NEWS

“When you’re in our shoes and none of the medicines are working you’ll do anything to stop the suffering of your child, absolutely anything,” her mother Erin Oudshoorn told 7NEWS.

“It’s amazing, she can track us around the room, she responds to her name.”

7NEWS can reveal a secret state government farm has produced the first-ever cannabis crop for a new local industry that is being harvested and studied.

It promises to make the treatment option more accessible and affordable for thousands of patients.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said it’s about “creating the McDonald’s of the medicinal cannabis world”.

7NEWS can reveal a secret state government farm has produced the first-ever cannabis crop for a new local industry that is being harvested and studied. Credit: 7NEWS

Doctors are cautious and calling for more research into the safety and effectiveness of medicinal cannabis.

For patients, the problem is that approved products can be expensive and difficult to source seeing many turn to the black market.

“Having a viable local industry in NSW is going to be crucial, particularly in a post-COVID-19 world,” Marshall said.

Luella’s father David Oudshoorn says if there’s “an ability to source something locally that helps her it’s going to be far better for us.”

“It’s a remarkable change and a long road ahead but things are looking a little bit brighter,” he said. Originally published here: https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/parents-hail-10-month-olds-response-to-cannabis-oil-treatment-as-amazing-c-1254326

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