Charlotte Figi (October 18, 2006 – April 7, 2020) was an American girl with Dravet syndrome, who took cannabidiol (CBD) oil to prevent seizures, and inspired the name of the medical cannabis strain Charlotte's Web.[1]

Charlotte Figi
Figi with her father in 2014
Born(2006-10-18)October 18, 2006
DiedApril 7, 2020(2020-04-07) (aged 13)
Cause of deathRespiratory failure and cardiac arrest following epileptic seizure
Known forCharlotte's Web strain of cannabis is named after her

Life edit

Figi was born on October 18, 2006, with a twin sister, to parents Paige and Matt Figi.[2] At 3 months old, she had her first seizure.[2] Due to her Dravet syndrome, at age five, she used a wheelchair, had up to 300 grand mal seizures a week, and had trouble speaking.[3]

In 2012, Figi's mother searched for CBD marijuana oil for her daughter's treatment.[4] Figi began taking oil from the marijuana strain, "Hippie's Disappointment," which contained low THC,[3] and was later renamed Charlotte's Web.[4] With the use of Charlotte's Web, Figi experienced an immediate reduction in her epileptic seizures, down from 300 a week to two or three per month.[5] While the use of medical marijuana was still illegal in many states, news of Figi's success spread and families with similar diagnoses started moving to Colorado Springs, where the drug was originally sold.[6] Because of her story, she also gained worldwide notice and media attention.[5] In 2013, she was the subject of the CNN documentary Weed by Sanjay Gupta.[7] She became a well-known figure in the U.S. and international medical marijuana movement[8] and her story helped support U.S. legislation on medical marijuana.[5] In 2019, Figi was the first child featured on a cover of High Times.[9]

In April 2020, Figi was hospitalized with pneumonia, which then caused seizures, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest.[10] She died on April 7, 2020, at the age of 13. According to her mother, Figi was admitted to the hospital and tested negative for COVID-19 on April 3 and was "treated as a likely COVID-19 case" when later readmitted to the hospital.[11]

Legacy edit

Colorado Governor Jared Polis proclaimed April 7 "Charlotte Figi Day" in Colorado.[12]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Charlotte Figi, girl with severe seizures that inspired CBD treatments, dies at 13". NBC News. April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Young, Saundra (August 7, 2013). "Marijuana stops child's severe seizures". CNN. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Slevin, Colleen (April 8, 2020). "Girl Who Inspired Charlotte's Web Marijuana Oil Dies". The Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Philipps, Dave (August 23, 2014). "Bid to Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Osborne, Hannah (June 20, 2014). "Charlotte Figi: The Girl Who is Changing Medical Marijuana Laws Across America". International Business Times. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  6. ^ *"Moving for marijuana: Families with seizure-stricken kids relocating to Colorado for strain of pot". New York Daily News. February 18, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Naftulin, Julia (April 8, 2020). "Charlotte Figi, the girl who spurred a cannabis movement that changed laws across the world, dies at 13 after being treated as 'a likely COVID-19 case'". Business Insider. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Ingold, John (April 8, 2020). "Charlotte Figi, the Colorado girl who inspired the CBD movement, dies following illness suspected to be coronavirus". The Colorado Sun. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Blistein, Jon (April 8, 2020). "Charlotte Figi, Poster Child for Medicinal Benefits of CBD, Dead at 13". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Shapiro, Katie (April 16, 2020). "Remembering Charlotte Figi, a hero of the CBD movement". The Aspen Times. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
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  12. ^ Mitchell, Thomas (April 22, 2020). "Colorado Names April 7 Charlotte Figi Day to Honor Face of CBD Movement". Westword. Retrieved April 22, 2020.