The Santiago family had tried everything to help their 9-year-old autistic son Kalel Santiago. He had never spoken a single word in his whole life, but after only two days of using cannabis oil, that all changed.

The Santiago family lives in Puerto Rico where medical marijuana was illegal until this spring. In May, after Governor of Puerto Rico signed an executive order that legalized marijuana for medical purposes, they decided to take the leap and start Kalel on cannabis treatment, in spite of the legal risk.

When Kalel was only 10-months-old, Yahoo News reports “he was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.”

As a result, he spent over two years undergoing surgery, as well as chemotherapy, and radiation treatments.

After exhausting these “treatments” the Santiago family received yet another diagnosis of non-verbal autism.

Abiel Gomez Santiago told Yahoo, “While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak at all and had some behavior that wasn’t right, like hand flapping, and walking on his toes. But we waited until he was 3 and cancer-free to look at his behavior.”

Along with his wife, Gladys they tried to read up everything they could on non-verbal autism, as well as trying to implement any and all therapies. But with the legalization of medical marijuana impending, they discovered treatments using cannabis or “hemp” oil – utilizing the compound cannabidiol (CBD).

They found hundreds of stories about children being successfully treated with CBD, for epilepsy and autism.

After only two days of using a small spray bottle of cannabis oil, the family says that Kalel spoke for the first time ever.

“He surprised us in school by saying the vowels, A-E-I-O-U. It was the first time ever,” Abiel recalled. “You can’t imagine the emotion we had, hearing Kalel’s voice for the first time. It was amazing.”

This happened at school. The teacher was so astonished that she recorded Kalel and sent the audio to his parents.

“We said well, the only different thing we have been doing is using the CBD,” Kalel’s parents continued.

It wasn’t long before Kalel was using consonants and linking sounds into words.

“He said, ‘amo mi mama,'” meaning “I love my mom,” Abiel explained. “I don’t know how to thank” the CBD oil makers, he said.

With this in mind, why would any state or nation want this treatment to be illegal?


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