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Round Rock Grandmother says CBD oil helped stop granddaughter's seizures

A Round Rock two-year-old with multiple brain disorders that cause seizures now has a better life thanks to CBD oil, according to her grandmother. (CBS Austin)

A Round Rock two-year-old with multiple brain disorders that cause seizures now has a better life thanks to CBD oil, according to her grandmother.

At first glance, you’d never know Zaraiah suffers from multiple different rare brain disorders; schizencephaly, polymicrogyria, west syndrome triggers seizures, and septo-optic dysplasia has left her legally blind.

Cynthia Bryant is Zaraiah’s guardian and grandmother. She said before the summer, Zaraiah would have “about 100 seizures a day.”

To try and curb that, Bryant said the doctors turned Zaraiah to prescription narcotics. “I hated it but it was our only choice to keep her from having these seizures,” said Bryant.

Bryant would get another choice when she started researching cannabidiol or CBD oil. Since July, Zaraiah has been taking a small dose of CBD oil orally with a syringe. Bryant said her granddaughter hasn’t had a seizure since July.

The CBD oil is bought online for $300 a syringe. She said it comes with 10 doses and Zaraiah takes it about three times a day.

“I would call it God’s medicine,” said Bryant. “She’s given a life, she’s thriving, and I couldn’t be happier about that.”

CBD is available to Texans thanks to a state law passed in 2015 called the Texas Compassionate Use Act. It’s doesn’t produce a mind-altering psychoactive feeling like THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel “high.”

When we arrived at Bryant’s home to meet her and Zaraiah, she pulled the syringe out the fridge to show it us. She placed it next to Zaraiah’s bottle. Bryant said the CBD oil in the syringe is just as important as the food in her bottle.

Her only wish is that CBD oil would be more readily available for doctors to prescribe. “No one is going to die from this, and no one is going to die from marijuana," she said.

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