A letter aimed at MP's concerning the seizing of hemp oil shipments coming into Canada.
Dear Members of Parliament,
We are a group of parents who live in your ridings who are in need of urgent and immediate
help from the government of Canada to protect the health of our children.
All of our children suffer from intractable epilepsy. That means they do not respond to any
pharmaceutical medications used to stop epileptic seizures. All of our children live with a
serious, incurable condition. Every seizure puts them at risk of brain damage or death. Some of
our children have already suffered irreversible brain damage because of their seizures.
All of us have been supported by our paediatricians or neurologists in using a hemp oil called
Charlotte’s Web to control our children’s seizures. It is produced in Colorado by CW Hemp.
For reasons that doctors do not fully understand, Charlotte’s Web controls seizures in some
epileptic children. All of our children have been using Charlotte’s Web. All of our children have
seen a dramatic, almost miraculous reduction in their seizures. By using this product, our
children are being offered a new chance at life.
By Health Canada’s own definition, Charlotte’s Web is a hemp oil. It is made from cannabis but
contains less than .3% THC. Our children do not get high. It is the non-psychoactive ingredient
in cannabis, CBD, that doctors believe controls the seizures.
Some Canadian licensed producers make similar products to Charlotte’s Web. Many of us have
tried Canadian-produced CBD oils, and they have produced little or no reduction in our
children’s seizures. Using a natural plant is not like using a pharmaceutical product. It cannot be
copied, and again, for reasons medical researchers do not yet understand, Charlotte’s Web is
the only product that has worked for our families. One neurologist told one of our members that
Charlotte’s Web is the only product they could recommend for us on children.
Last month we began to have problems having our shipments of Charlotte’s Web delivered. We
were told by CW Hemp that the CBSA was seizing the packages at the border. By the
government’s own rules, hemp oil is a legal product that is recommended for a variety of
medical conditions. We do not understand why the CBSA is confiscating our legally purchased
Two weeks ago we were informed by CW Hemp that due to the increase in problems at the
border, they were suspending all shipments of Charlotte’s Web until further notice.
We are utterly desperate. Our children need their medicine. Every other treatment we have tried
has failed. We have tried, individually, to contact our MPs, our MPPs, and members of the
media. No one seems to understand the complexity of the issue. We are now, as a group,
asking for your help to solve this problem.
Please can you urgently investigate why a legal product is being seized at the border?
If Charlotte’s Web does not for some reason meet Canada’s definition of hemp oil, despite being
less than .3% THC, and being legal to purchase throughout the United States and in the UK,
could you please ask the Health Minister to remove CBD from the list of Schedule II drugs so
that Charlotte’s Web can become a legal product in Canada?
At a time when the Liberal government is seeking to legalize marijuana for people who want to
get high, why is the same government blocking our children from using an oil that right now is
the only thing keeping them from brain damage or death?
We anxiously await your reply.
Health Canada definition of hemp oil:
Agriculture Canada’s endorsements of hemp oil for health reasons:
CNN documentary explaining the background of Charlotte’s Web:
A scientific study showing the efficacy of CBD on kids and adolescents with refractory epilepsy:
Some facts on epilepsy from Time magazine:
"Some of these parents are hoping pot can help where mainstream medicine has failed.
Epilepsy costs individuals and institutions $15 billion a year. It is far more common than autism,
multiple sclerosis or a host of other neurological disorders. And it kills more Americans every
year than breast cancer—and yet the disease receives just 20 percent as much research
funding from the National Institutes of Health. What’s more, a third of people with epilepsy have
an intractable drug-resistant type."