The Silas Project

Can experimental marijuana treatments save a young boy’s life?

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  • Can marijuana cure this young boy's deadly seizures?

    Young Silas Hurd suffers from a severe seizure disorder. His parents have been on a wrenching mission to find relief.

Can marijuana cure this young boy's deadly seizures?

Young Silas Hurd suffers from a severe seizure disorder. His parents have been on a wrenching mission to find relief.

Video provided by the Hurd family

The first seizure struck when he was 3. Soon, Silas Hurd was having hundreds a month. Doctors would tell his parents, Forrest and Nicole, that their son had a rare and life-threatening form of epilepsy. The diagnosis set the family on a years-long journey to find a cure, one that has tested their courage, stretched their definition of medicine and put them on the front lines of a county fighting over its marijuana use.