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Amazon’s ‘CBD Nation’ Explores How Cannabis Can Save Your Child’s Life

CBD Nation tackles the potential therapeutic applications of marijuana’s non-high-producing compound from numerous angles, and while its inquiry is far from comprehensive—to its detriment—it nonetheless adds to a growing chorus of voices contending that CBD is a safe, effective and possibly revolutionary treatment for a variety of ailments.

As more and more states (and countries) legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes, so too has the conversation over CBD grown exponentially. CBD Nation tackles the potential therapeutic applications of marijuana’s non-high-producing compound from numerous angles, and while its inquiry is far from comprehensive—to its detriment—it nonetheless adds to a growing chorus of voices contending that CBD is a safe, effective and possibly revolutionary treatment for a variety of ailments.

As with last year’s Waldo on Weed, Tommy Avallone’s portrait of a Pennsylvania couple that risked imprisonment by procuring and giving CBD to their eye cancer-stricken infant son, writer/director David Jakubovic’s documentary (on Amazon and VOD) is most compelling when it focuses on real-life examples of the magical benefits provided by the cannabidiol compound, which unlike THC, does not leave one stoned. Best of that bunch is the tale of Rylie Maedler, a young Delaware native whose life was threatened by a fierce bone tumor that—as horrifying facial scans illustrate—was literally eating away at her skull, causing her cheeks to slouch and her teeth to fall out. Faced with a fatal prognosis, Rylie’s mother Janie began giving Rylie CBD, and the effects were nothing short of astounding, eliminating the remainder of her post-surgery tumor, restoring her facial bone structure, and improving her general health and well-being.

The problem, however, is that it was illegal in Delaware for Rylie to take CBD, which meant she had to sneak off school grounds each day just to pop her pills. When her regimen produced phenomenal results, she took action, convincing the Delaware state legislature to pass Rylie’s Law, which allows kids under the age of 18 to use medical marijuana-based oils to treat conditions such as epilepsy and dystonia. With participation from both Rylie and Janie, CBD Nation persuasively casts this story as a prime example of the upside of CBD. Rylie’s own heartbreaking commentary about her ordeal—including breaking down in tears when recounting how she was alienated by her classmates for choosing to take this supposedly shady product—reinforces the impression that knee-jerk negative attitudes toward CBD only hurt those who most need it.

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