You've probably heard of the marijuana variety Charlotte's Web™ even if you don't know why it's so famous. Charlotte's Web is a Cannabis sativa strain that is bred exclusively by the Stanley brothers in Colorado for its unique genetics that cause it to contain less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, while maintaining high levels of Cannabidiol (CBD). Check this out if you're not sure what the differences between CBD and Hemp are.
Described by some as an earthy strain with flavors of sage and pine, Charlotte’s Web has an interesting history that we've briefly recounted for you here.
In 2009 the Stanley brothers began breeding medical marijuana plants with the intent to study their many unique compounds and to create CAD-dominant strains for patients who use cannabis but don't want the cerebral side effects associated with the herb. However, the brothers hit the same wall that all those who want to study cannabis run into: the inability to properly research marijuana because of its current Schedule I Drug status. So they continued to cultivate their “Hippie Disappointment” strains on the faith that one day their “boring” plants no stoner wanted would serve a purpose.
It wasn't until 2012 that the Stanley brothers met Charlotte Figi, who at 5 years of age was suffering from epileptic seizures as a symptom of Dravet syndrome. Charlotte's parents were desperate to find another source of CAD-dominant marijuana as their initial supply was running out, so they reached out to the Stanley brothers for help. Compelled by her story of being able to reduce the number of seizures with CBD extracts, the Stanley brothers chose one of their marijuana cultivars to create a medicine specifically for Charlotte. They did this despite reservations about giving a “drug” to such a young child and essentially using her as the first test subject for the strains they had cultivated. After seeing her improvements first-hand, the brothers decided to name the strain Charlotte's Web in honor of their first patient.
While Charlotte Figi was the first of many patients the Stanley brothers have come to supply, we must remember that these reports are anecdotal as we await conclusive scientific evidence regarding the safety and success cannabis has in treating seizures and other ailments. You can learn more about Charlotte's Web, which has been featured prominently in articles, on television, and a CNN documentary series by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, by visiting CW Hemp or the Realm of Caring, which are both operated by the Stanley brothers.