Kalel Santiago is only 9 years old. He’s already been through so much in his short time in this world. Before he was even a year old, he was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and spent more than two years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. He was then diagnosed with severe, non-verbal autism. He wouldn’t say a word.
Santiago’s parents waited for Kalel to heal from cancer before tackling Kalel’s autism. He was 3 years old and cancer-free when they began looking into options to help him with the symptoms of being non-verbal. A surf-therapy school helped Kalel some, but it was a most unexpected treatment that ended up doing wonders: hemp oil, rich in the compound cannabidiol (CBD), which has been shown in some cases to ease symptoms of both epilepsy and autism, especially in children.
The Santiagos took home a sample bottle of the oil, which they then sprayed into Kalel’s mouth as instructed. After only two days of being administered the cannabis oil, he began to speak! It was in school when Kalel began saying the alphabet, much to everyone’s surprise. The teacher later asked his parents what they were doing that brought about this shocking turn in Kalel’s condition.
The only thing different was that they were administering Kalel the CBD cannabis oil. It seems autism and cannabis are mutually exclusive–at least in some cases!
“I don’t know how to thank [the CBD oil makers],” Kalel’s mother said.