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Charlotte Figi, namesake of Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana strain, passes away

Colo. (KRDO) -- Charlotte Figi, the little girl who inspired the low-THC medical marijuana strain, “Charlotte’s Web,” passed away April 7th. According to her family, she had been exhibiting viral symptoms, and was being treated on the same floor as COVID-19 patients. While tests for the coronavirus came back negative, she was being treated as a likely COVID-19 case. Figi suffered a seizure and subsequent cardiac arrest.

Multiple family members had been struggling with a virus for the better part of the month, said the family.

As of Tuesday, 179 people have died of coronavirus in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Figi had suffered hundreds of grand mal seizures when her mother, exhausted of heavy-duty drugs, sought out the help of the southern Colorado-based Stanley Brothers, who eventually engineered the non-psychoactive CW Hemp in 2011.

The advent of the CW Hemp plant spurred hundreds of families to flock to Colorado, seeking alternative treatment for a variety of health issues, including seizures, shortly after Colorado legalized medical marijuana.

Figi was just three months old when she started having seizures from Dravet Syndrome. After taking oil from Charlotte’s Web, her seizures reduced to two to three per month.

A Figi family friend Tuesday posted publicly on Facebook, “Charlotte is no longer suffering. She is seizure-free forever.”

The family asked for privacy during this time.

Charlotte Figi was 13.

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Health / Local News / News / State & Regional News

Heather Skold

Heather is the evening anchor for KRDO. Learn more about Heather here.

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  1. Sad story indeed. But others will be able to live their lives relatively free of the symptoms of their illnesses due to the research prompted by her family on her behalf. So her legacy will live on…

      1. Her passing has now become nationwide news, indicating just how widely her legacy has spread. She was the inspiration for so many others, both children and adults, who are now finding relief from their various afflictions.

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