A Texas teen is celebrating his second anniversary without seizures after using an in-state provider’s medical cannabis.
Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation (TXOG) today announced that March 2022 marked two years of fourteen-year-old James Challenger being seizure-free.
Taking cannabis medication enabled James to reduce his daily pharmaceutical regimen from 20 pills a day to none.
As of March, James is longer taking any pills to treat his symptoms.
James, who lives with autism and epilepsy, is one of TXOG’s original medical cannabis patients.
TXOG says James’ milestone is evidence of medical cannabis’ efficacy in managing symptoms of epilepsy and autism.
James’ parents Mike and Mikelle say medical cannabis is the only remedy that has worked to control the seizures, and the family is grateful that it allowed him to avoid surgery and harsh medications.
“Since James started his TXOG prescription, we’ve seen an incredible improvement in his daily life, and we’re thrilled to celebrate his two-year anniversary without a seizure last month,” say the Challengers. “We strongly believe medical cannabis is a healthy option that should be available to all Texans who want to gain control over their debilitating conditions and symptoms.”
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When James was younger, his family tried various medications, therapies, treatment plans, and even brain surgery to treat seizures in his first ten years of life.
By 2017, James was experiencing approximately 100 seizures a day.
But in 2018, James’ parents learned of TXOG’s medical cannabis and started him on a care plan they say produced significant results.
According to TXOG, medical cannabis allowed James to live seizure-free, improve his condition, and regularly participate in activities with family and friends.
TXOG CEO Morris Denton says he remembers the first time the Challenger family came to pick up James’ medicine in the company’s early days.
“Now, James is one of thousands of Texas patients who have reached freedom from their life-altering symptoms and can enjoy precious time with loved ones with the help of medical cannabis,” says Denton. “When people ask me if our medicine works, all I need to do is show them the proof of the truth with patients like James and his wonderful, supportive family.”
With James’ improvement using medical cannabis, TXOG says the Challengers advocate for better access in Texas and expanding the state’s Compassionate Use Program to improve more people’s lives.
According to TXOG, the Challengers hope that removing the Compassionate Use Program’s qualifying condition restrictions and erasing the THC cap will give doctors more authority to decide the best options for their patients.
TXOG says the Challengers know that expanding the Compassionate Use Program would allow more Texans to experience the improvements that James has seen.