The 11-year-old Hamilton girl has a condition called Episodic Ataxia Type 2 but family claim CBD evening tea has made a big difference to her life.
The life of a Hamilton schoolgirl has been transformed since she started taking ‘medicinal cannabis oil’ in tea.
That is the claim from the family of P7 pupil Ayvia Parkinson, who has a condition called Episodic Ataxia Type 2.
It causes severe migraines, vertigo, global development delays and dysbraxia and the youngster has battled through it all since birth.
However, after speaking to a consultant, the 11-year-old’s family decided to start her on CBD evening tea – a substance made up of cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant.
Ayvia’s mum, Paula Parkinson, said: “With Ayvia’s conditions it was usually a struggle in the morning for school and work, as she didn’t listen to a thing she was told.
“After trying this CBD tea with her, I noticed a big difference. Everything she was doing in the morning was a lot calmer and we could get out of the house at a suitable time in the morning.
“Her teachers noticed a big difference in her learning, and she was more aware of what she had to do with school work.
“Because of her global development delays, everything Ayvia did was always a struggle – from the start to when she went to bed. Now, everything she is asked, she does it, with no problem at all.”
Sales of medicinal cannabis oil have doubled over the past year. And demand for the supplement has surged even faster after health food chain Holland & Barrett became the first high street store to stock it around a month ago.
However, the substance that Ayvia uses comes from Hope CBD, who are based in Hamilton Accies’ football stadium.
And the youngster is not the only person in her family to take it, as her grandmother Patricia Dalton has been using CBD for over a year.
Patricia was in a car crash over five years ago, which left her housebound and in serious pain.
The 54-year-old was taking eight different types of medication four times a day, and had to rely on family members to help her go about her day-to-day life.
Patricia said: “I was on amitriptyline, diazepam and other medications and I just couldn’t function properly.
“I used a walking aid, was on all that medication and I had no quality of life at all.”
Patricia then came across Hope CBD, a company based in the SuperSeal Stadium that sells CBD products.
She said: “I came to an open day here last year at the stadium, and learned all about Hope CBD and the work they do.
“They sell their product as a food supplement so are not medical experts but advised that I do my own research and if I thought CBD was for me, to come back. I thought ‘What have I got to lose?’”
Patricia said she gave it a go and right away felt a difference.
She added: “The next day, I felt like a new person. The pain was eased and I could walk without my aid.
“Using the CBD gave me my independence back, and helped build my confidence up. I’ve been using it for around a year now and I will never look back – and it is amazing that it is helping Ayvia too. She is like a new person, she is more alert and more engaging with others.”
Paula said: “I was a bit hesitant at first but my mother came up with the research, and after speaking to Ayvia’s consultant we thought we could give it a go as she’s been taking medication most of her early years and I wanted to try something else as I wanted her off any medication.
“Since then we have never looked back. It’s the newfound confidence she has as well, where before she would be the child that would never participate with things other children would do.”
Patricia says that people are always asking her how she knows for a fact that it is the CBD which has made her better.
She said: “One time, Craig and the team here at Hope CBD had a shortage in stock and I had to go without it for a few weeks, and I was back to square one.’’
The co-founder of Hope CBD says he is delighted that the product helps so many people in different ways.
Craig Johnstone said: “We are by no means medical experts, make no medical claims and do not give out medical advice. We sell our product as a food product to supplement your endocannabinoid system and would say that anyone who would like to try CBD should carry out their own independent research.
“CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, the second-most common cannabinoid found in the hemp plant – it does not get you high.
“We want to get CBD away from this ‘stoner’ stereotype. People are surprised when they come into our nice office and see it is not like a back alley. What we do is legal. We are making it our mission to break the stigma around taking CBD.’’
Hope CBD’s products come from an organic farm in Southern Spain.
Craig added: “Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, and has been shown to provide many benefits, with more people understanding the benefits of having a healthy endocannabinoid system.
“We always advise our customers to do their research on the benefits and if they want, then Hope CBD can provide a lab-tested, certified organic product. ‘‘
Hope CBD offer cannabidiol products through different methods such as tea, candies, oil and ointment. They are not legally allowed to give medical advice or discuss whether their products have medicinal benefits. Their products are not meant to treat diagnosis or cure any ailments and should be taken as part of a varied and healthy lifestyle.
Until recently, medicinal cannabis oil wasn’t sold in high street stores.
However, the Cannabis Trades Association UK says the number of cannabidiol consumers has rocketed from 125,000 just 12 months ago to 250,000 now, after Holland and Barrett began selling it.
Cannabis oil is the most potent of three main cannabis products, which are the actual cannabis flower (marijuana), resin (hashish), and oil (cannabis oil).
CBD oil does not produce a high, as it has less than 0.2 per cent of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, meaning it is legal in the UK.