"One of the things I said at the beginning before we started ... I just wanted to know my son a little bit," said Welton of Zander's personality changes. "We're finally getting to see that. He's finally started to come through."
In October, Welton said she heard from the state-licensed marijuana dispensary that products with resin may be considered illegal and they would be uncomfortable stocking them. Welton said she did not want to do anything that could be construed as being illegal and stopped giving Zander the CBD. Zander is now currently taking medicinal marijuana in dried plant form, but Welton said it wasn't ideal and hard to effectively administer to Zander.
"He does sometimes find it and then will spit out a piece," said Welton. "With the oil extract, it's like the other mediations. You just give him a syringe [of medication], boom, you're done."
Although treating cortical dysplasia with CBD has not been fully studied in humans, there have been studies with animals and experts say it may be worth exploring, especially for patients like the Weltons, desperate to help their son.
Dr. Steven Wolf, director of pediatric epilepsy at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, said that parents should be wary of using CBD to treat epilepsy pending the results of studies currently being conducted. Wolf said that doctors don't yet know if children would build up a quick tolerance to CBD or if it would ultimately prove ineffective in treating seizures.
"I can say, if this was my kid and if there was a possibility it would work, I would certainly want to know," said Wolf. "This is interesting, but this needs investigation."