The Silas Project

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

A three-part series

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

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.