Sick Children and Cannabis Shouldn't be a Taboo Subject
Watching sick children suffering has to be one of the saddest things I can think of. I am a father, and I can't fathom watching my son go through what a lot of kids have to go through from a health perspective.
Kids are the most vulnerable members of society, and they shouldn't be forced to suffer needlessly. If there's something out there that can help suffering children, and it doesn't carry the side effects a lot of other medicines do, by all means, if their doctor agrees, parents should be able to administer it for their children.
Kids and cannabis has been in the news a lot lately. Most of the coverage has been about success stories with cannabis, or advocates challenging the hypocrisy of the federal marijuana policy. Recently, medical marijuana advocate Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, published an op-ed criticizing the ‘DEA's missed opportunity on medical marijuana’ saying, “Whether we realize it or not, we all accept a certain amount of hypocrisy in our daily lives. Maybe we don't always have the energy to call it out or we are too speechless and dumbfounded that no one else seems to have noticed. With regard to the hypocrisy of federal medical marijuana policy, however, it is worth summoning the stamina to relentlessly present the facts. The lives of patients -- such as that of Charlotte Figi, whose seizures abated with the use of medical marijuana, and so many others -- depend on it. That a plant could provide so much benefit and still remain behind these locked doors is worth speaking up about.”
Often times, the coverage also involves opponents who don't believe cannabis should ever be given to children, regardless of evidence that shows it helps.
More parents are turning to cannabis to treat their sick children
Parents of children with severe epilepsy, cancer, and many other ailments, are turning to medical marijuana to find relief for their children, and when they do, they most often instantly deal with ridicule and unfair questioning, even in states where medical cannabis is legal for kids.
Facing this social stigma can be difficult for parents. Joel Stanley believes it is our responsibility to speak up about our experiences, “One of the things we learned from Charlotte’s story, is that one story can open doors throughout the world...Anyone out there who is experiencing amazing results using cannabis, you have to tell people. You have to share it. Because it’s your story, it’s these stories, that will open the minds of our neighbors, and will ultimately end this prohibition.”
Obviously, a major deterent for many parents is living in states where cannabis is strictly prohibited in all forms. Currently, parents can risk serious jail time if they are caught treating their child with cannabis.
It is sad when a child is suffering, but it's especially sad when the child needlessly suffers because there's something out there which can help, and they can't have access to it. Children's treatments should be decided by doctors, not politicians.
Success stories should be proof enough
There are numerous success stories out there of children who have overcome significant illnesses by being treated with cannabis.
One that I am always quick to offer up is Brave Mykayla, 'Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with intermediate risk T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on July 14th, 2012, at 7 years old. She is also Oregon's youngest Medical Cannabis Patient.' Mykayla was treated with cannabis oil. Six days after her first treatment she was declared to be in remission.
It's my understanding that it has been four years since her first treatment, and she is still in remission, as documented in a very powerful and inspirational video found at this link here.
If you Google 'kids cannabis epilepsy' you will no doubt come across numerous success stories of parents treating their children with cannabis and significantly reducing seizures, if not eliminating them altogether. This is true for many other conditions and symptoms.
Learn more from a true expert
I am by no means a doctor, medical professional, or expert on the topic of kids and cannabis. I know what I have read, the personal stories I have heard, and have seen the research, but this in no way makes me an expert.
Someone who is an expert is Tracy Ryan, CEO of CannaKids. The Green Flower team held a Green Flower live-stream class with Tracy Ryan on August 25th, 2016. You can find this class here: Treating Sick Kids With Cannabis: The Truth, The Science, & The Stories. Cannabis and children is a sensitive subject, and being able to be educated from the privacy of one's home is a fantastic opportunity.
Would you consider treating your child with cannabis if a doctor recommended it?