Beautiful, 3-year-old Dahlia was diagnosed with a highly malignant and aggressive brain cancer on May 5, 2013. Because of the rarity of her diagnosis, Dahlia was accepted as a patient in a chemotherapy protocol at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

“Making two interstate moves in a matter of months, with two young children in tow, wasn’t something Moriah Barnhart had planned for.

But within weeks of her 2-year-old daughter, Dahlia, being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, Barnhart packed the family’s bags. They moved from Tampa, Fla., to Memphis, Tenn., last June so her toddler could undergo treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

While there, Barnhart’s research pointed her to medical marijuana as a worthy treatment to inhibit the cancer and mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy.

“It just was the safest and most viable, effective option,” she said. “But it was illegal in Tennessee and in Florida.”

So just before Christmas, the Barnhart family was on the road once again, this time to Colorado Springs, Colo. Now, Dahlia gets a small dose daily of a nonpsychoactive (i.e., one that doesn’t trigger a high) hemp oil strain called Phoenix Tears — and, Barnhart says, is back to being a happy toddler, even as her cancer battle and chemo treatments continue.”

By Kelli B. Grant, CNBC


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