- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The 6-year-old girl whose family helped get a law passed in South Carolina allowing people suffering from severe epilepsy to use oil derived from marijuana to control their seizures has received her first dose.

Jill Swing said she saw instant improvement last week after her daughter took cannabidiol, which is also known as CBD oil. Before the treatment, Swing says her daughter was having more than 100 seizures during a 45-minute therapy session. After receiving CBD oil, she had 19 seizures during a similar session.

Also, she won’t quit talking, Swing told The Island Packet of Hilton Head (https://bit.ly/Zih5Zu).

“It’s been delightful. She was nonverbal, but she’s saying more words now. She’s a chatterbox,” Swing said.

Swing said she will gradually begin increasing her daughter’s dose as long as she continues to respond well to it. In November, the family will fly to Massachusetts to participate in a study that will give them better access to CBD oil.

One of the lawmakers that helped get the bill passed that allowed Mary Louise to get her treatment said he will file a bill next session to expand the use of CBD oil to more diseases.

Sen. Tom Davis said Mary Louise story will help him.

“Something like this is important, because people understand it’s not just an abstract argument we’re making in a forum. It’s actually something that changes somebody’s life,” said Davis, R-Beaufort.

Davis’ bill last session, which opened the door for Mary Louise’s treatment, also created a committee to study how cannabis could be legally grown in South Carolina for this kind of use and how to test and dispense the oil.

The committee expects to make its recommendations to lawmakers in March.


Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

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