Pediatrics

Pediatrics

There is much debate surrounding the use of cannabinoid therapy for children with conditions like cancer and epilepsy and whether or not it should be considered a viable option for medical treatment.

Children that suffer from a variety of disorders are showing positive results from the use of cannabis and new data is emerging everyday that points to a positive outcome, when traditional medicine has failed.

Today there are new strains of the cananbis plant that contain very low doses of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and higher concentrate of CBD (Cannabidiol). What does this mean?  Children gain the benefits of the plant with little or no feeling of inebriation.

Plants that are high in CBD have been proven to aid children with killing cancer cells and reducing epilepsy seizures. The potential use to retard tumor growth and spreading is even more appealing considering that cannabinoids show a good safety profile, regarding toxicity, and is already used in cancer patients as palliatives to stimulate appetite and to prevent devastating effects such as nausea, vomiting and pain.

Children and their families gain strength when a child who is sick can eat and sleep resulting in a positive outcome for everyone. One aspect parents can take comfort in is this;

"From January 1997 to June 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported zero deaths caused by the primary use of cannabis. In contrast, common FDA-approved drugs which are often prescribed in lieu of cannabis (such as anti-emetics and anti-psychotics), were the primary cause of 10,008 deaths." In 2016 there are still no reports of death from caused by the primary use of cannabis. 

The THC in cannabis has an extremely low toxicity and the amount that can enter the body through the consumption of the plant poses no threat of death. Today there are many different options for administering cannabinoid therapudics. Pure extract from the plant is the most effective way for treating children with conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. It can be administered directly under the tongue or mixed in most food product. Juicing is fast becoming one of the healthiest ways to benefit from cannabis.

In raw form cannabis has 600 more times the active ingredient than when burned and has no effect of feeling high. Smoking is not recommended for pediatric patients.The use of cannabinoids for Pediatrics continues to fall under heavy scrutiny, which is why progress has been limited. Relevant research is sparse, so politicians have a difficult time determining whether or not it deserves governmental approval. In August of 2013, restrictions in New Jersey were lessened so it would be easier for children to be prescribed the medication appropriately. This may prove to be an integral step in the direction of increasing knowledge of what it can actually do for sick children.

Our ability to advance in this area and make educated decisions will depend on the number of valid case studies and experiments that are available and documented for reference. My Compassion takes great pride in bringing accurate information and resources to the forefront so parents can make a sound educated decision when deciding for their children. My Compassion provides the public information regarding the benefits cannabinoids can provide in pediatric medicine and has multiple ways for people to get involved and help shape the future. Contact us online or by phone at 844-226-6200 if you would like to learn more about Pediatrics and cannabinoid therapeutics.