Children In today’s “Your opinion” we collected different quotes in regards to medicinal cannabis for kids, which is becoming more accepted throughout the USA and is even starting to be looked at seriously in Europe. Certain subjects though remain extremely controversial such as the use of cannabis and its extracts on children. Below, we have gathered opinions from different platforms, and we’d like to invite you to share your point of view with us.
In our last “Your opinion” article we asked for our readerships views on the topic of “cannabis smoking moms”. This subject is quite controversial. There are those that say cannabis and parenthood don’t mix, and those that say having a joint at night is not any different from enjoying a glass of wine. Critics say that parents who smoke cannabis are putting their kids at risk. Even cannabis users raise their voices by saying that moms should not partake in smoking cannabis.
In today’s “Your opinion” we collected different quotes in regards to medicinal cannabis for kids, which is becoming more accepted throughout the USA and is even starting to be looked at seriously in Europe. Certain subjects though remain extremely controversial such as the use of cannabis and its extracts on children. Below, we have gathered opinions from different platforms, and we’d like to invite you to share your point of view with us.
Cannabis and children – a collection of different opinions
Pro: Opponents worry about the long term effects of giving cannabis to children… Really? When the short term effects of NOT giving cannabis to children is death or worse I wonder what the ‘opponents’ motives really are… – Pete Geller commented on vice.com [x]
Pro: God bless these pioneers that have the balls to stand up to pharmaceutical companies to save lives. I for one would worry a lot less about pumping my developing child’s body with cannabinoids, than I would with chemo and radiation. It is a hard decision to make when your child’s life is on the line, to go against what your trusted doctor tells you. – Miranda Jean Lewis comments on vice.com [x]
Con: I am a biochemist and believe that medical marijuana is politically driven snake oil. …There are no studies proving any of the “medicinal effects” attributed to this weed. Cite any study in which human trials revealed a benefit to children with seizures above those achieved with standard therapies. There are none. Many children suffer seizure disorders which present spontaneous remission over time. The marihuana advocates will say this is a cure. It is coincidence. People with loved ones who are ill are often in despair of hope of treatment. They begin projecting solutions which don’t exist. They desperately believe that non-traditional methods may work. … These people are abandoning traditional medicine to seek their magic cures and now their children are being dragged along. I am a scientist and am sickened that the politicians have bent to pressure by the doper interests, to legitimize this “drug”. …– SCIENCEETAL comments on sbsnews.com [x]
Pro: I don’t see why people have such a problem with THC in kids when millions of kids are already being given potentially dangerous ADHD and ADD medication. – Miguel Archundia commentend on vice.com [x]
Pro: While it is not possible with existing data to determine conclusively that state medical marijuana laws caused the documented declines in adolescent marijuana use, the overwhelming downward trend strongly suggests that the effect of state medical marijuana laws on teen marijuana use has been either neutral or positive, discouraging youthful experimentation with the drug. – Mitch Earleywine, PhD & Karen O’Keefe, Esq. [x]
Pro: Unless you have a kid with leukemia, you don’t know how horrible it is, and you will do whatever it takes to make them happy and not feel pain or suffer. – Sara Gaona commentend on vice.com [x]
Pro: As the grandfather of a child with uncontrolled seizures, I hope this avenue can be legitimized quickly and explored thoroughly. The prognosis for children like my granddaughter is not good unless something new develops. The impact of medical marijuana is benign compared to the anti-seizure drugs currently employed in the attempt to control her seizures. – Peter Benedidt comments on starnewsonline.com [x]
Pro: My child has a debilitating muscle disease, and you better bet your a** that I would give it to him. After watching him NOT eat for 2 months and lose over half his weight I seriously considered give him a special brownie to see if it would help….unfortunately I know the consequences if it was traced in his blood, so I couldn’t. If you have ever watched your child suffer for a long period of time and knew that this would help I guarantee you would try it. – Brianna Snodgrass Coffey commentend on vice.com [x]
Pro: There is more than enough proof that cannabis is truly safe and effective medicine. Everyone needs to join and do their part to end the truly evil and ignorant prohibition on cannabis! Stand up, speak up. Fight! – Kids4Cannabis commends on huffingtonpost.com [x]
Con: I’m all for medicinal bud, but these parents are fucking insane. Marijuana has NOT been studied to treat cancer in humans except for one study of <10 people. I’m all for using MJ to treat the side effects of chemotherapy. But to refuse radiation therapy and instead give a third of an oz. twice a day? That’s insanity. I truly hope that more clinical trials are started to test the ability of cannabinoids to treat cancer, but in the meantime, DON’T deny treatment from a medical professional. – Layne Weatherford commentend on vice.com [x]
Con: By characterizing the use of illegal drugs as quasi-legal, state-sanctioned, Saturday afternoon fun, legalizers destabilize the societal norm that drug use is dangerous. They undercut the goals of stopping the initiation of drug use to prevent addiction…. Children entering drug abuse treatment routinely report that they heard that ‘pot is medicine’ and, therefore, believed it to be good for them. – Andrea Barthwell, MD [x]
Con & Pro: This is a tough pill to swallow. On one hand there could be benefits. On the other hand I see a lot of propaganda to allow pot to become legal everywhere for anyone. I want to see someone who actually does not use or who has quit using pot to endorse something like this. – Brian Jones commentend on vice.com [x]
Pro: I have a 16 year old non-verbal son who has autism and since turning 15 seizures as well. He’s on one of the mildest anti-seizure meds available and the side effects for it makes me lose sleep at night. … I would do cannabis oil (medical marijuana) in a heartbeat if given the opportunity. People need to wake up and realize that 1. the war on drugs is a farce and was designed to make money for the government. 2. Marijuana is far safer than anything PHARMA puts out. 3. Marijuana is far more effective than anything PHARMA puts out.- Deborah Delp commented on huffingtonpost.com [x]
Con: No clinical trials, no evidence whatsoever that administering marijuana is going to cure this child’s epilepsy. For shame on the politicians who succumbed to the social pressure. – bestkids commented on nj.com [x]
Pro: Many people would never think of using an opium based product such as heroin, but after surgery when they are in pain, they’ll keep pushing the button on that morphine pump. Regardless of the plant a medical compound comes from, if it is proven useful to patients and controlled so as not to be abused, it should be legal. If a child can be helped by controlling seizures with such a compound, it is not the same as someone smoking a joint to get high. – bryes55 commented on sltrib.com [x]
Cannabis and children – your opinion please!
Do you agree or disagree with the comments above? What are your thoughts on giving cannabis to children for medical reasons? Are you for, or against it? Are there conditions that allow the admission of medicinal cannabis more than others? Let us know what your point of view is. You can do so by commenting on this post in the section below.
To a fair, respectful debate!