STONINGTON & BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On October 1, medical marijuana became available to pediatric patients in Connecticut and three days later Linda Lloyd walked into Bluepoint Wellness in Branford.
The Stonington mom gave her seven-year-old son Henry his first dose Thursday morning.
At 3:20 that afternoon she greeted him at the end of their driveway as he got off the school bus.
“How was your day bud?” she asks.
Henry had a pretty good day. Two epileptic seizures, but not bad enough to require his mom to pick him up from school.
He is now the first pediatric patient to try medical marijuana.
“We were waiting and waiting for October 1,” says Lloyd. “So we’re excited.”
Linda Lloyd, along with other parents, testified in front lawmakers last March to get the program expanded to children.
It started with 1,300 patients two years ago.
“Now we’re nearing 14,000 patients,” says Jonathan Harris the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection.
Henry is one of the newest ones and he’s a trooper.
After taking his afternoon dose, which doesn’t taste great, he gets reassurance from his mom.
“Easy peasy right?” she asks him. “Easy peasy macaroni,” he answers.
“What our plan now is to start at a low dose and titrate up to a response and adjust it carefully,” explains Nick Tamborrino who owns Bluepoint Wellness where Linda Lloyd came with high hopes. Especially after brain surgery only increased Henry’s seizures.
“When it did start he was crying after seizures and he never used to do that anymore I think he was just as disappointed as we were,” says Lloyd.
Bluepoint sees up to 150 patients a day.
“It’s amazing you know we see the most severe seizure disorders where traditional pharmaceuticals are not working,” says Tamborrino.
Children who will also need a prescription for the treatment won’t inhale the tincture or oil they can only ingest it and the strain will have lower levels of THC.
“That’s why you’re not worrying about the euphoric effects of THC of really affect on the child,” explains Tamborrino.
“It’s our last hope actually,” says Lloyd. “You know he’s failed 13 medications and two diets and brain surgery which is pretty much as extreme as you can go.”
Right now, there are only a few products made specifically for pediatric patients but Tamborrino believes that in the coming months there will be more.