CBD Movement Community Mourns Charlotte Figi, 13
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The young girl who became the face of the cannabidiol (CBD) movement and the inspiration behind the CBD product brand Charlotte’s Web, has died from an unspecified virus at the age of 13, according to multiple reports.
Charlotte Figi, who suffered a rare seizure disorder, brought widespread attention to the potential medicinal properties of CBD, when Figi’s parents turned to medical marijuana as a means of managing her seizures.
The Stanley Brothers, Colorado marijuana growers and dispensary owners, set out to help Figi with a strain of hemp that was high in CBD and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that creates a high.
In 2013, when Figi was 6 years old, her story was featured in CNN’s documentary “Weed.” By that time, with the help of CBD oil, she had gone from having about 300 grand mal seizures a week to having about two or three per month, according to CNN.
The specific strain used by Figi was named “Charlotte’s Web,” and the Stanley Brothers have since expanded into offering a variety of CBD products for humans and dogs under the same brand name.
On the Charlotte’s Web website, the Stanley family memorialized Charlotte as “courageous and vivacious and strong and beautiful.
“She was divine.
“She grew, cultivated by a community, protected by love, demanding that the world witness her suffering so that they might find a solution. She rose every day, awakening others with her courage, and with that smile that infected your spirit at the cellular level.”
Figi’s mother Paige Figi co-founded the health research and education nonprofit Realm of Caring, as well as the advocacy-focused nonprofit Coalition For Access Now, which is committed to educating the public and legislators about the health benefits associated with natural therapies derived from cannabis for chronic health conditions.