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When Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Work

No Regrets

Dana, Edward’s mother, took him off Charlotte’s Web in March after levels of the anti-seizure medicine Depakote in his bloodstream spiked. Doctors believed it was interacting with the marijuana.

He still has absence seizures, though they are steady at about a dozen, down from a high of 60 to 70. He is able to live a “pretty normal life,” she says.

She knew going in that the marijuana treatment was untested, but she was “cautiously optimistic.”

“I have absolutely no regrets at all. I feel like Charlotte’s Web, whether it works or doesn’t work, has put epilepsy back out of in front of the public, and I think it’s a great thing people are talking about it.”

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