It has been over a year and a half since I have begun blogging about my adventures with Jackson.
Through it all I have received nothing but positive feedback and praise for this little boy whose life touches many.
My readers here and over at Jack’s Facebook page have come to love this little boy.
Jackson’s smile gives joy to people. His love of fuzzballs, slinkys, and all things spinning is endearing.
His struggles with seizures and TSC is inspiring.
Jackson is, as always, living in the moment.
So now it is time to come out of the closet.
Jackson is part of a movement that many support, some fear, and others are on the fence about.
Jackson is a medical marijuana patient in the state of California.
He is so with the blessings/knowledge of his local pediatrician and his TSC clinic.
While some may have images of a an 11 year old “sparking up” , let me assure it is nothing like that.
Jackson takes a dropperfull of a non alcohol based tincture in the morning and a product called Rick Simpson oil (also known as “Phoenix tears”) in the evening.
Neither of these products have a psychotropic effect.
Let me repeat that:
They do NOT have a psychotropic effect. That is to say: Jackson is NOT getting “stoned”.
There is no “head change”.
These are carefully crafted MEDICINES that have proved radical in Jackson’s treatment for his seizures, his TSC, and his joint pain.
The process is above board and on the up and up.
The dispensary where we choose to purchase Jack’s medicine is safe, friendly and……INCREDIBLY KNOWLEDGABLE about their products.
We live in Humboldt County which is widely regarded as the stoner capital/pot growing mecca of the United States. However, we are not alone in the medical marijuana movement.
Check out what is happening in Colorado- with the Realm of Caring – and their specially crafted strain known as “Charlotte’s Web” that is showing amazing progress in the treatment of seizures.
It’s happening, people.
It’s slowly happening, but it IS happening, and lives are being saved and being made BETTER with the use of medical marijuana.
I’ve seen it.
I’ve felt it.
And I stand solidly behind those that are fighting for the legalization of medical use of the cannabis plant.
Still with me?
Does it change the way you see Captain Jacktastic?
Are you appalled? Surprised?
We are still who we are.
And we continue to fight the good fight.