Steph and Dom: Can Cannabis Save Our Son? is absolutely heartbreaking – DigitalSpy.com

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Steph and Dom: Can Cannabis Save Our Son? is absolutely heartbreaking – DigitalSpy.com

Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker brought viewers to tears tonight (January 28) with their Channel 4 documentary Can Cannabis Save Our Son?

The duo told the moving story of their 18-year old son Max, who has had epilepsy for years and sometimes has up to 100 seizures a day.

Max takes a lot of different medications, some of which are to stop the side-effects of other medications, with no sign of improvement. In fact, as Max matures into adulthood, things may get worse.

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We see Steph, Dom, Max, his carer and sister doing day-to-day activities and laughing together, and learn that the seizures can come at any time. One scene saw Max have a seizure in the car, and the camera remained on him to show just how long they last.

A huge news story last year was about an epileptic boy named Billy Caldwell, who had his medicinal cannabis temporarily taken off him by the Home Office, as it is illegal in the UK (except for very few cases).

Steph and Dom interviewed Billy’s mother, as well as other parents who use medicinal cannabis, about how it changed their lives.

The pair discussed the differences between the cannabis compounds CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and what they would be comfortable giving to their son.

It’s a complicated issue that doesn’t look like it will be resolved anytime soon, but viewers agreed that Steph and Dom had created a documentary that was informative as well as emotional:

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Steph and Dom: Can Cannabis Save Our Son? is available to watch now on All4.


Epilepsy Society is the UK’s leading charity for epilepsy research and support. It sets out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background, however seriously it affects them, and whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy. For more information, visit its website.


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