Charlotte Figi, Inspiration for ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Strain, Dies from COVID Complications
Family members have announced the passing of Charlotte Figi, the young epilepsy patient who inspired the CBD-rich Charlotte’s Web cannabis strain and sparked an acceptance movement for medical cannabis.
Charlotte Figi, the child who inspired the medical cannabis strain “Charlotte’s Web,” has died from coronavirus complications. She was 13-years-old.
Figi suffered throughout her life from Dravet Syndrome, which caused her to have grand mal seizures. Her parents sought the help of the Stanley Brothers, who would eventually create the low-THC Charlotte’s Web strain in 2011 to help treat her seizures. Figi’s illness and success story would be re-told throughout state legislatures during debates on medical cannabis legalization and in academic literature. Figi was also featured in a 2013 CNN documentary about medical cannabis.
The teenager’s death was announced last night on the Facebook page of her mother, Paige Figi, by a family friend.