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Doctor says marijuana reduced infant’s brain tumor, should be used for children

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According to the Huffington Post on Dec. 1, a formerly skeptical doctor says medical marijuana should be a part of a pediatrician’s arsenal to help children after he witnessed a remarkable reduction in a baby’s brain tumor.

Dr. William Courtney, a former skeptic, has drastically changed his tune after he witnessed the effects of marijuana treatment on an 8-month-old patient. Dr. Courtney said that the baby had a “very massive centrally located inoperable brain tumor.” The child’s father wanted non-traditional treatment.

“They were putting cannabinoid oil on the baby’s pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose… And within two months there was a dramatic reduction, enough that the pediatric oncologist allowed them to go ahead with not pursuing traditional therapy.”

 

After eight months of treatment, the tumor was greatly reduced in size. Dr. Courtney says that because of the cannabis treatment and the excellent results, “This child is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation.”

The child is being called a miracle baby. Dr. Courtney further stated, “I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is front line therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects.”

Nineteen states now have medical marijuana rules on the books. Each state has its own specific rules of use, amounts, reciprocity, et cetera. Those laws, however, are for adults.

So what do you think? Obviously, for this child it worked. Still, treating a child with marijuana is more than a little controversial. Should there be studies done? Should it be allowed as a treatment of last resort? If you had a young child with inoperable cancer, would you consent to trying this route?

Admittedly, it’s a hard question to answer when you’re not in the situation. But if medical marijuana works this well with cancers, do we have the right to withhold it, especially from children with their entire life in front of them? Please leave a comment and wade into this somewhat sticky issue.

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  1. It is a hard decision but at the same time a pretty easy one. Would you, as a child, want to spend your childhoo years put up in a hospital bed or play outside? I feel parents should try medicinal cannabis oil as a viable medicine, the child doesn’t get “high” from it and its has natural painkillers like CBD. Personally if it were my child I would try the oil and if that didn’t work go with the harmful treatments.

  2. I believe it may just be in the presentation. When you call it ‘medical marijuana’, people have premisconceptions about it. Start with the result, go backward thru treatment, then the big reveal. Marijuana used to be listed in pharma calogical listings as viable treatment for many ailments. Then some old ladies yelled loud enough to have it removed and outlawed around 1942.
    Now this is the second incident in which I have read about the components of marijuana cutting a little kids’ cancer. Haven’t we been searching and searching for a cure for cancer? Yes! Studies should be done. Yes! I would consent to this type of treatment if it were my child. Yes! Make it legal. Let’s start promoting it. Let there be rallies and big educational signs. Do the studies, there are plenty of people or there willing to participate in them! Separate each chemical and see which ones with best on all ailments, then grow strains specifically for certain ones! Or, separate the chemicals, do the studies and then find a reasonable way to concentrate them. Maybe pill form, oils clearly work already!
    In short, yes. It’s clearly the right thing to do. More work needs to be done but it can be done. Yes.

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