New oil springs up in Texas — cannabis oil

By Anna M. Tinsley | Star-Telegram

Karley Davis has good days and bad days.

On the good ones, Karley, nearly 4, has a dozen small seizures that can be controlled with medicine.

On the bad ones, she may have 100 seizures, some so strong they can’t be controlled by heavy “rescue” drugs, and she has to be rushed to the hospital.

“We haven’t really seen any improvement,” Jeff Davis, her Fort Worth father, said softly.

But Davis and his wife, Shawna, say they believe help is just around the corner.

The Davises and other Texans asked lawmakers last year to legalize an oil called cannabidiol, or CBD, extracted from the marijuana plant to help tens of thousands of Texans who suffer from rare forms of epilepsy.

Lawmakers adopted the bill, and now a company plans to produce that oil in North Texas — at the old Gunter Cotton Gin, about 70 miles north of Fort Worth.

“From this location, we can reach Dallas and Fort Worth in an hour or less,” said Patrick Moran, CEO of AcquiFlow, a McKinney-based cannabis company. “We want to reach as many patients as we can possibly reach.

“We intend to get a lot of medicine out to a lot of people for a long time.”

That could put medicine that could change life for countless families within reach by next year.

“We will use the [cannabis] oil,” said Jeff Davis, whose daughter has Dravet syndrome, a type of intractable epilepsy. “Absolutely. That’s why we fought so hard to get the legislation passed. We are eager to see if we can try to give her some relief and wean her off the medication she’s taking.”

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