Eddie Woodman, left, two years ago and right, ‘with the sparkle back in his eye’ (Picture: Geraldine Woodman)
The picture on the left shows a boy, with severe epilepsy, on a normal day two years ago.
Having been pumped with pharmaceutical drugs since he was a baby, he suffered countless seizures, could only see lights, and was in a ‘vegetative state’.
The picture on the right shows that same boy today, while being treated with cannabis-derived CBD and THC oil, with practically no medication.
Now, eight-year-old Eddie Woodman ‘has the sparkle back in his eyes’ and his seizures have reduced dramatically. He giggles, loves swimming and squeals with delight when he’s pushed on a swing, when before he would barely flinch.
Mum Geraldine Woodman, 43, told Metro.co.uk how she has fought off social workers and gone against doctor’s advice to ‘do what is right’ for her son and said the stigma against cannabis is ‘ridiculous’.
Her comments come after it was announced earlier this week that two cannabis-based medicines had been approved on the NHS to treat certain types of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
The young boy was given a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs from a baby (Picture: Geraldine Woodman) Since having CBD oil the boy’s seizures have reduced dramatically (Picture: Geraldine Woodman)
Updated guidelines by Nice, the UK drugs advisory body, will now permit doctors to administer Epidyolex to children with two types of epilepsy. The drug contains CBD but not THC – the psychoactive element of the plant.
Sativex, a mouth spray containing both components, will be prescribed for muscle stiffness and spasms for patients with multiple sclerosis – but not for the severe pain that comes with the condition.
Although many have praised the move, some campaigners argue the new guidelines are not good enough, as many families will still be forced to pay thousands per year to fund treatments containing both CBD and THC elements.
In November 2018, the law was changed to allow specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis medicines but many have been