Epilepsy patients in Texas are having great success with CBD for treating seizures, but there's a catch. The cost of the drugs are high and often not covered by insurance, so local businesses are stepping up to create a compassionate patient assistance program.
Epilepsy patients in Texas like Jordan Herrera used to have to take dangerous anti-convolution medications. But now, she has access to cannabis-derived medications such as CBD, a substance Jordan's mother, Janet, says has worked wonders for her.
"It's still trial and error," Janet told powr. "But the CBD-oil, I can tell you, hands down, has done really good things for her."
However, there is a downside. Jordan's new medications are not covered by insurance, and this has caused some financial stress for Janet.
"The coast and expense for me has been exponential."
This is where two Texas-based medical marijuana companies—Compassionate Cultivation and Nox Medical—come in. They've each decided to donate $5000 to The Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas to create a compassionate use patient assistance program. A new program which Compassionate Cultivation CEO, Morris Denton says should help some who can't afford the medical marijuana get the medication they need.
"And I know that there would be a lot of people out there that wouldn't be able to afford this medicine and really, really need it and can really, really benefit from it," says Denton.
For Janet, this is big step towards helping patients get proper treatment.
"This, right here, is life saving," she said. "And potentially more effective than any anti-convolution medication on the market."