Four-year-old Wyatt Hauser sits down for lunch with some ham, bananas, blueberries — and a little something that's not so tasty. His mother mixes a small dose of cannabis medicine into his applesauce.
Wyatt doesn't notice, but Jessica Hauser knows just how crucial that bit of cannabis is to her son's health. In fact, she can count it: The treatments have cut Wyatt's epileptic seizures from 200 a day down to 80.
"His side effects were so severe, he had serious behavioral changes where he was just really angry all the time," Hauser said of Wyatt, the first patient to register for Minnesota's medical cannabis program. "Right now, he's a pretty happy kid, usually."
Friday marks a year since medical marijuana became available to Wyatt and other Minnesotans. Hauser and others who pushed state lawmakers to allow it say the drug has changed many lives for the better…
While it's helped, Jessica Hauser says medical marijuana hasn't completely eliminated 4-year-old Wyatt's seizures.
Wyatt's seizures are often unnoticeable to the untrained eye, but constantly interfere with
"That was a seizure. Did you see how he kinda rolled his eyes?" she said during her son's lunch. He still wears a helmet to protect his head from what's called drop seizures, doesn't speak and has cognitive delays.
But he's eating, sleeping and working on his physical therapy. The medical cannabis has helped deliver those good things, Hauser said.
"We've just been able to enjoy him and enjoy him being part of our family and get to know him," she said. "Right? Get to know you without all the mask of those side effects?" she cooed to Wyatt. "Get to know you, sweet boy?"