Weed is always in the news. Usually, it is for legalization or someone inventing a new cannabis creation. Sometimes it’s even about conventions or skincare items. However today, the subject matter is touchier than usual. Today we are talking about the use of medical marijuana for kids.
There have been recent studies that researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital looked over and found some shocking evidence. They looked at 22 studies that showed the use of medical marijuana in kids helped them deal with certain ailments.
Particularly, the medical marijuana helped with side effects from chemotherapy such as seizures, nausea, and vomiting. Benefits of other ailments are starting to crop up such as epilepsy- but more studies need to be performed.
They also state that there is not enough evidence to support that it helps spasticity, neuropathic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Tourette syndrome. This is because children suffer from side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness.
However, they are continuing their research to discover if they good will outweigh the bad. Researchers feel that if enough evidence supports that it will help that there is no reason that children shouldn’t be given medical marijuana to help them through their pains and/or seizes.
Clearly, there are mixed opinions on whether it is ethical to give children medical marijuana. Children are innocent and impressionable, as adults, it is our responsibility to do what is best for them and keep them from harm.
As a parent, I cannot imagine what it would be like to have my son going through the pain of any kind. Even though it may be unorthodox, if medical marijuana would help him through the pain, then there is nothing wrong with that- as long as it is in a controlled setting and administered by the right doctor.
Granted, I would want to see tons of research first and make sure the side effects were not life-threatening. But, the side effects of a natural plant that has proven helpful to adults cannot be worse than using dangerous chemicals and medicine that are used in hospitals today.
There are parents all across the U.S. who are defying the law to provide their kids with medical marijuana treatment. One family is using medical marijuana to help their eight-year-old son Jeff who suffers from Multiple Psychiatric Diagnoses.
Another gives it to their son who has epilepsy. His mother said, “I was finally really meeting my kid, who had been living in a fog of medication and seizures.”
Overall, these are the things that will be happening if marijuana is legalized all across the U.S. People seem to have the misconception that legalization will just be a way for people to get high and do nothing- this is not the case. With the legalization of marijuana, researchers are able to find ways to help children through the pain that they shouldn’t be suffering from in the first place.
There are still many trials and research that needs to happen before children can be given medical marijuana for pain, however, these studies look promising. No matter the outcome of this research, it is good to know that doctors are doing everything they can to discover natural ways to help children in pain.