Kids On Cannabis: Should Pediatricians Consider Medical Marijuana For Their Patients?

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald September 14, 10:45 am

Medical marijuana legalization paved way for giving children with chronic illnesses a better health care alternative. Read on and get a glimpse of how marijuana oil saved a 10-year-old girl from a severe form of epilepsy and how it turned her life around.

Almost a year after the medical marijuana legalization took place in Minnesota, it was mentioned that more than 1,400 patients signed up to undergo medical marijuana treatment. Along with these patients, High Times mentions that 150 of which are children. One of them is a 10-year-old girl, Amelia Weaver.

Amelia was born with Dravet Syndrome, which is a rare form of epilepsy that greatly affected her everyday life. The 10-year-old Amelia was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy which can leave her with intense seizures all throughout the day.

Amelia's parents, Josh and Angie Weaver were on the brink of giving up, until they found light when the medical marijuana legalization was implemented. The Weaver family decided to opt for medical marijuana as it is proven to have less side effects and is more effective in treating epilepsy and other chronic illnesses.

With only a few months of her medical marijuana treatment, Amelia was able to live a normal life. It was mentioned that her seizures went down from 30 per day to one short episode a day, or even none at all. Amelia Weaver is one of the youngest children who gained positive results with the use medical marijuana for her treatment.

"Having her smile at us and give us eye contact and want to be a part of what we're doing and not having seizures all day has really been life-changing for Amelia," Angie Weaver stated.

Amelia is only one of the hundreds of children who sought medical marijuana for their seizures. With the powerful benefits of medical marijuana, pediatricians are starting to raise concerns in terms of considering the pros and cons of the alternative medicine.

Boston Children's Hospital then gave insights in terms of parents turning to medical marijuana in meeting their children's medical needs. It was mentioned that medical marijuana may have possible benefits, but there are also countless of health risks that might out the child's health in jeopardy as further studies need to be done in terms of using the alternative medicine.

As a parent, are you in favor of using medical marijuana for children? Do let us know your thoughts through the comment section below.

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