“Hope 4 Harper”: How One Girl’s Hemp Oil Treatment Helped Bring Medical Marijuana to Latin America

July 11, 2016

Learn how the struggle of one American family from Texas led to changes in Brazil’s cannabis oil importation laws.

“Hope 4 Harper” is a Facebook page and blog documenting the journey of a Texas family and their daughter Harper’s struggle with a rare form of epilepsy called CDKL5 that causes frequent debilitating seizures. When Penny and Dustin Howard’s daughter Harper was diagnosed with CDKL5 when she was an infant, the family scrambled for treatment options. Traditional pharmaceuticals were ineffective and in many cases left their daughter “catatonic,” so the family looked for alternative options. Thankfully, they found relief for their daughter in the form of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. However, Harper’s parents never imagined that chronicling her experience with the limited treatment options available at the time in the United States would have such an impact on families in Latin America.

Harper’s Struggle for Seizure Relief

At only 19 months of age, young Harper had seizures upwards of 40 times per day. Traditional medications presented by her medical team were not effective at reducing or controlling the severity of the seizures, which frequently left her in a catatonic state.

When Harper was three-years-old and still suffering from the debilitating seizures, her mother Penny watched a CNN special called “Weed” that led her to Medical Marijuana’s cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil product Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™). Penny immediately ordered RSHO™ hoping it would help her daughter where traditional treatment had failed. The effect of the RSHO™on Harper’s seizures was immediate. Within days, the young girl was able to make eye contact and vocalizations for the first time. Her parents saw a dramatic change in her behavior and ability to interact with her surroundings, but even more remarkable was after being administered the RSHO™ Harper was able to go up to 60 days without experiencing any seizures at all.

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