When you talk to some people about cannabis’s medical potential and the scientific research going on behind it, they might be all for it. However, mention cannabis for kids, they’ll likely be shocked. Since cannabis is a scheduled substance, many people think you’re giving children drugs.
However, when one considers the safety margin of cannabis and the reams of nasty pills being prescribed to kids with cancer, epilepsy and so on - many of which would be on the scheduled list if the DEA looked at medications objectively - cannabis starts looking more and more promising as a potential pediatric medicine.
We’ve had Mr. Jay Timms talk about this on Elevate the Conversation in the past. We’ve seen stories of desperate parents looking to find a cure for their child’s “incurable” cancer, epilepsy and so on. We’ve spoken to Tracy Ryan of CannaKids and Jason David of Jayden’s Journey (one of the best dispensaries in California at the moment).
Slowly but steadily, more and more parents are looking to cannabis to treat their children for all sorts of horrible, life-threatening conditions. Indeed, whenever I ask whether other parents think they’re crazy for turning to medical marijuana, they tend to say, “You know, parents rarely ask that.”
So what’s going on here? Why are people becoming less-and-less shocked that parents might give their children medical marijuana? Here's one possible reason: when a parent tells another parent that they use medical marijuana for their child’s health problems, the other parent is likely to think, “There must be a good reason for this choice, and they must’ve done their research and come to this conclusion after a seeing their children in agony.” Parents want to do best by their kids, and that is something many people can empathize with.
Or parents could be less shocked by cannabis for kids because they might have seen the results themselves, whether directly, through another person, or reading the news and seeing videos on the internet. These people may have also seen children zombified by powerful (prescribed) drugs like lorazepam, temazepam and nimetazepam, which are highly addictive benzodiazepines used as anticonvulsants for epilepsy - as seen in the video at the bottom of this article.
One of the most important mottos in medicine is, “Do no harm.” Wherever possible, it is best for surgeons to avoid invasive surgery and let the body heal itself. Keeping the body’s physiological processes in balance - homeostasis - is of utmost importance, and going under the knife can cause complications to this process. There is also the fact that, quite often after surgery, people are given all sorts of medications to ensure their surgery doesn’t cause more problems than it solves. This is especially true of children, whose bodies are still developing and where surgical procedures merely 'store up' problems in the future.
For many people, few things are more harrowing than seeing a young, suffering child having to go through surgery and/or being addicted to harsh pharmaceuticals. Anything that stops doctors from having to cut open a person’s body is a massive plus as fewer things are likely to go wrong this way.
A non-invasive, natural substance that can cure or reduce symptoms from the inside-out is ideal. Cannabis could well be that substance, and could prove to not only be an extremely useful pediatric medicine, but also cause a revolution in the medical field and the way we treat health problems as a whole.
Imagine a world where most people don’t need opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and a whole host of other potentially harmful pharmaceuticals, combined with less reliance on surgery. That is the world we are working towards, and it should to be a vision the medical community at large ought to embrace.
After all, the evidence speaks for itself.