When Cora Jane Brininstool, almost 6 years old, received her first dose of cannabidiol, or CBD oil, on Feb. 7, she became the first patient in Texas to legally take the marijuana-derived medication.
The state legalized use of the medicine, which contains low amounts of THC, the component in pot that makes users high, three years ago.
But the three dispensaries that were licensed by the state to grow, manufacture and distribute the drug, which is administered orally, only recently opened up shop.
CBD oil can be prescribed only to those whose epilepsy isn’t controlled with traditional medications. An estimated 150,000 patients in the state, many of them children, qualify for the medication
Cora, who was born with a severe brain malformation that renders her unable to walk or talk, had tried a host of anti-seizure medications, all of which either carried horrible side effects or stopped working after a time.
Her mother, Kristen Brininstool, recently received the bottle of CBD oil — $135, not covered by insurance — from Knox Medical, a Florida-based company that has its Texas location in the town of Schulenburg, about 100 miles east of San Antonio.
“It’s too soon to tell how it’s working,” Brininstool said, adding she and her husband, Brooks, hope this medication will finally control their daughter’s daily seizures.