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Founded in 2016, Por Grace A.C. It is the culmination of our work for the legalization of medical cannabis to improve the quality of life of our daughter Grace Elizalde.

Today we work for everyone to reduce the gap in access to medical cannabis for low-income families.

Grace Elizalde
Benavides

Graciela Elizalde Benavides, whom we affectionately call Grace, was diagnosed as a child with a rare and severe form of childhood epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). Today at 14 years old, thanks to her treatment based on CBD and the hard fight of her parents to obtain protection for her medicinal use, Grace has reduced her attacks by just over 90%, allowing you to have a better quality of life.

Photo Credit: Ariana Zehbrauskas to Washington Post

Treatment options for patients with epilepsy are very limited, and we explore them all. Grace saw many specialists and tried a variety of conventional and first-generation anticonvulsants to control her epilepsy. In addition, she underwent a radiosurgery callosotomy, and we even opted for alternative treatments, but none managed to reduce her seizures.

As a family we exhausted all possible resources to offer her a better quality of life, and the fact of seeing her in a state of lethargy affected us too much.

It was when we found that in countries like the United States, Canada, Spain, Uruguay and Brazil, many children with conditions similar to those of Grace had been treated with Cannabidiol (CBD), an oil derived from Cannabis, without the psychotropic effects, in various studies, more than 84% of patients had seen noticeable improvements and the negative effects were almost nil, unlike the conventional medications that Grace had been prescribed.

In Mexico, we went to several health instances to obtain access to Cannabidiol legally, but we were denied. Given this, we issued an amparo trial, finally winning in 2016, and making Grace the first Mexican patient to consume medicinal cannabis legally.

It was when we found that in countries like the United States, Canada, Spain, Uruguay and Brazil, many children with conditions similar to those of Grace had been treated with Cannabidiol (CBD), an oil derived from Cannabis, without the psychotropic effects, in various studies, more than 84% of patients had seen noticeable improvements and the negative effects were almost nil, unlike the conventional medications that Grace had been prescribed.

In Mexico, we went to several health instances to obtain access to Cannabidiol legally, but we were denied. Given this, we issued an amparo trial, finally winning in 2016, and making Grace the first Mexican patient to consume medicinal cannabis legally.

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