tristan forde

Toddler becomes first Irish person granted licence for medical cannabis

The two-year-old and his mother Yvonne spent a year in Colorado so he could access cannabis oil.

A TWO-YEAR-old boy from Cork is the first Irish person to be granted a licence for medical cannabis since new legislation came into effect.

Tristan Forde suffers from Dravet Syndrome, which causes severe seizures. His mother Yvonne Cahalane relocated to Colorado with him for a year so he could access cannabis oil, but they recently returned and now the toddler can receive the treatment he needs in his home country.

“He’s never had to be hospitalised, not once, since he started cannabis,” Yvonne told C103 earlier today. The family got the call yesterday to confirm Tristan’s licence had been approved.

“We’re thrilled he can continue his treatment in Ireland,” his mother said.

None of this is rosy, none of it has been plain sailing. You get two steps ahead and you get a step back.

“His oil is being made for him in Europe so we get to go collect that and safely know that we can bring that home and use it with his doctor’s supervision.”

Read: ‘Cancer can take such a toll. Cannabis has helped me. It picks me up’>

Read: Almost half of Irish people are in favour of legalising cannabis for recreational use>

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