Amid considerable controversy and the international debate over the legalization of medical marijuana, hemp oil companies like Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) are changing the lives of children who suffer from chronic medical conditions. Five-year-old Harper Howard’s parents Penny and Dustin discovered Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) and found that it was significantly more effective at treating their daughter’s seizures than any other medication had been. Little did they know that her story would touch the lives of another family living thousands of miles away across the globe.
Bringing Hope — Harper’s Story
Harper was diagnosed with CDKL5 epilepsy, a disease which caused as many as 40 severe seizures per day, when she was only two weeks old. Penny Howard reported that she was unable to experience a normal life with her daughter due to the severity of Harper’s condition. Seeking alternative treatments, they discovered RSHO, which changed their lives forever.
The hemp-based oil was the only thing that reduced Harper’s seizures enough to allow her to enjoy a normal, active life. While Harper later passed away due to complications from her a severe cold, she was able to experience months at a time free of seizures and her parents explained that they were able to get to know their daughter for who she really was.
The true miracle of Harper’s story can be found in Brazil, a nation that has legalized the use of RSHO for the treatment of other children like Harper who suffer from debilitating conditions. Harper’s mother launched “Hope 4 Harper,” a Facebook blog designed to chronicle her daughter’s experience with RSHO as a treatment for seizures caused by CDKL5. Little did her mother know that her blog would encourage Katiele Fischer, the Brazilian mother of a young girl named Anny who was also struggling with CDKL5. In search of treatments that would help her daughter lead a normal life, Katiele sought a way to access the same hemp oil that had changed little Harper’s life.
Katiele imported RSHO from the United States to Brazil and took care to document the process in consultation with a lawyer as well as Anny’s doctor. As in many countries, Brazil had previously banned the importation of any hemp products. At first, Katiele says that she was viewed by the Brazilian government as importing banned substances, but her valiant efforts to bring relief to her suffering daughter would soon be rewarded. In April 2015, Katiele challenged the decision of ANVISA (Brazil’s version of the FDA) and sued the federal government for her right to treat her daughter with RSHO.
After reviewing the details of Katiele’s claim, ANVISA ruled that keeping RSHO from young Anny would be “inhumane.” This landmark decision set a precedent for countries in Latin America and around the world. Dozens of additional lawsuits came after the initial ruling, causing Brazil to change its laws regarding cannabis products.
Not only is the importation of RSHO with a medical prescription now legal in Brazil, but the payments are being subsidized nation’s healthcare system as well. Katiele’s fight made it possible for Brazilians suffering from conditions like CDKL5 to legally and affordably access this revolutionary treatment. The Brazilian government has also legalized RSHO for use in the treatment of chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease.
So… What Is RSHO?
A global headline-maker, Real Scientific Hemp Oil has changed laws globally, broken down barriers and created an entirely new product category and multibillion-dollar industry.
“Medical Marijuana, Inc. worked for years to find the perfect formulation to make these global headlines,” Dr. Stuart Titus, the CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc., said. Medical Marijuana, Inc. is the first publicly traded cannabis company and RSHO is its flagship product. “From cultivating just the right quality hemp grown by generational farmers, to the testing practices, to developing the harvesting equipment — and contracting with processors to produce our oil — we truly invested millions of dollars in developing a product powerful enough to affect this global change. The moving stories of the Fischers and the Howards make it all worth it.”
Medical Marijuana, Inc., is also working to help dispel the notion that hemp-based products lead to the high that THC-laced products are associated with. Like any other clinical product, RSHO’s cannabis oils are carefully screened for toxins, metals and microbial contaminants before going to market.
With stories such as these, RSHO is changing lives around the world, and concerned parents like Katiele and Penny Howard are challenging the systems that prevent them from being used. There remain barriers to access for patients around the world, but the makers of RHSO hope that ambassadors such as Katiele and Penny will continue to spread the word about the true nature of hemp oil-based products. With greater access and education, children like Harper and Anny can live healthier and happier lives — and perhaps millions more in Brazil.
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