Lita Pawliw has been treating her four-year-old daughter Natalya with cannabis to help combat her intractable epilepsy. Alberta Child and Family Services had applied to take the mother to court in order to stop her from treating her daughter with a medical marijuana derivative. The application was a supervision order that would have forced Natalya to be given prescribed medication. Natalya had previously been on seven different pharmaceuticals to little positive effect, leaving the child what her mother described as “lifeless.”

Since taking CBD pills – a derivative of cannabis with no THC or psychoactive effect – three times a day for the past few months, there has been a significant improvement in Natalya’s condition and day-to-day quality of life.

As her mother says, “Why give a child chemicals when you can give them a natural product and it heals what their condition is?” Word of the application being dropped was met with cheers and hugs outside the Leduc, Alberta court house.