Bevan Benton, a Nevada teen, was in junior high school when his Tourette’s kicked into overdrive. Combined with ADHD, Bevan was extremely uncomfortable and unhappy. Roxanne Benton, his mother, began brainstorming with her closest friends about which oils had potential to help Bevan, in place of medicating him with pharmaceuticals.
Bevan’s doctor had previously prescribed him Clonidine, a blood pressure medication, to help him “chill out a bit,” Roxanne says. It didn’t prove to be helpful for his anxiety or sleep. It definitely does anything for his tics or “glitches,” as he and his mom called them.
“Seeing your son twitch uncontrollably with such force… tantamount to whiplash… is horrifying,” says Benton. “I would do anything for him, take any pain I could for him. That’s what moms do.”
Roxanne Benton owns a store that sells tools and supplies to people in the aromatherapy industry. Since Roxanne had been using those essential oils in her health and wellness routines, as well as her business for over six years, she had befriended a man named John Taylor, who educated her on a CBD product he was working on in Kentucky.
Roxanne decided to trust her friend John and began considering the idea of allowing her son to try some CBD products. A few months later, Bevan tried his first dose of CBD oil.
Bevan said that the CBD was extremely helpful to him. “The clonidine didn’t help as much as it promised. It is a blood pressure medication, but I was on it for Tourette’s. After a while, my body got used to it, and I needed more of it to work. As I grew older, I got worse. I felt sluggish and tired all the time,” Bevan recalls. “Now I am completely medication free and just on CBD. The CBD helps my anxiety a lot.”
His mother added that it felt like she had her boy back for the first time in years. Bevan was still “glitching,” but not nearly as drastically. Roxanne was so pleased with Bevan’s improvement that she began to spread the news to her aromatherapy followers.
“I already had a small audience, and they were thirsty for knowledge about how this misunderstood plant, this natural product, could help so many with widely varied issues. So, I did what I do best… dug into research and started offering it to my customers.”