Would you give chronically ill child medical marijuana?

USA Today wrote a fascinating story about chronically ill children moving to Colorado to be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition.

The story specifically looks at children who are having massive amounts of Epileptic seizures each day.

Seven-year-old Greta Botker has had 15 or so seizures every day since she was five months old, according to the USA Today article. She couldn’t walk steadily, feed herself or talk.  Her family lives in Minnesota but the parents decided that one parent should move with Greta to Colorado so they could try a specific medical marijuana called Charlotte’s Web, which comes in a liquid form.  (The parents, Maria and Mark, switch off so they can also be with their kids in Minnesota too.)

From USA Today:

“Realm of Caring, a Colorado foundation started by the family that grows Charlotte’s Web, has 100 patients whose families have moved to Colorado from 43 states and two countries, says executive director Heather Jackson. It has a waiting list of more than 2,000 people, she says In all, the foundation has more than 300 medical marijuana patients, 200 of them children, Jackson says.”

“Charlotte’s Web is named after Charlotte Figi, the first child to try the strain two years ago. Charlotte, who was 5 at the time, suffered 60 seizures a day. Now, her parents say, she has none.”

“Cannabidiol is believed to act as a brake on parts of the brain that cause epileptic seizures and as a stimulant in other parts that help reduce them, says Igor Grant, director of the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research…..”

“The Epilepsy Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society do not expressly tell families not to use medical marijuana, but they warn there is not enough research to show whether it is safe and effective. They urge patients to work with a doctor to determine the best treatment….”

“Sharon Levy, a pediatrician who directs the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, warns against using marijuana for any purpose. She says it has been proved to have negative long-term effects on children, such as impaired brain function and addiction. Though cannabidiol has shown some success in suppressing seizures, she says, there is no research to guide parents on dosages or long-term effects. “Marijuana is not a medicine,” she says.”

For Greta it seems to be working.  USA Today reports that while her treatment, which costs $600 a month, is not covered by insurance, it has reduced her seizures to four to six a day and she’s off of three of the five medicines she used to have to take.

So what do you think? Would you be willing to treat a chronically ill child with medical marijuana? Should more states allow medical marijuana so families aren’t having to separate to get treatments they need? Should insurance cover it?

61 comments Add your comment

WitchyWoman

February 17th, 2014
11:25 pm

I like most parents will do ANYTHING to help my child. That includes give them marijuana IF and I do mean a great BIG IF I was pretty sure it would help. I mean shoot a lot of the prescription drugs on the market are pretty dangerous too soooo… What I will say is that I wouldn’t uproot and move to another state on a hunch. Especially to find out that it only helps for about 2 weeks then everything goes back to the way it was ( this happens with growing children and medicine). It would also kill me to know I did something that potentially makes the situation worse. The case of Charlotte is extreme and the parents seemed to not have any other choice. I do wonder though if part of the reason she is getting better is also because she is getting older. Many epileptic children improve as they get older.

Chas holman

February 18th, 2014
12:36 am

As a father of four adult children (now) I can honestly say I have given them (by doctors prescription and over the counter) FAR WORSE, more addictive and dangerous drugs than marijuana. If I thought marijuana was a viable option for a child with a chronic condition, I would be on it so quick it is not even funny vs many of the alternatives.

If I knew now what I didn’t know then.. What a waste.

Chas holman

February 18th, 2014
12:43 am

WItchy Woman. Charlotte is HARDLY the only case and it is really more than anecdotal at this juncture> When it comes to epilepsy Cannabis has a LONG history..

Here are a few things you might research further if you have the time..

The first known reference to the anti-seizure potential of cannabis, according to a number of academic papers, comes from an Arabic treatise from 1464 that describes how the epileptic son of a high-ranking official in Baghdad was cured by regular administration of hashish.
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After returning from India, Dr. O’Shaughnassy lectured extensively in Great Britain in the 1840s on the properties of hemp and its use as a medicine in Europe became widespread.
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Sir John Russell Reynolds, the personal physician to Queen Victoria, wrote in The Lancet in 1890 on the many therapeutic uses of cannabis, saying “I have found hemp very useful” for treating epilepsy.
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In America, a publication called the Philadelphia Medical Times ran an article titled “Cannabis indica in the treatment of epilepsy” in 1878.
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In 1949, two doctors tested marijuana compounds with six severely epileptic children. The substance controlled seizures as well as traditional drugs with three of the children, and stopped or nearly stopped all seizures in two.

“The Future for epileptics appears very bright,” an article about the findings in the Salt Lake City Telegram said. “Because of not only one new drug, but a whole field of new compounds to combat epileptic seizures.”
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Sam

February 18th, 2014
6:00 am

Seems that the people that stand to lose the most money on research and gov grants are the ones that speak most negatively of the plant. Many or probably most of these foundations or organizations obtain capital from (the government) to operate. Of course they will discredit all that suggest the plant is worthless.

These negative people have been on the negative side of marijuana for years. They have made their silly negative claims. They won’t change their F’n minds. The have PhD’s and MD’s. They are not ever going to admit they were wrong.

Just like Dr. CNN boy Guaupa or whatever…he made false claims. Now he is looking for forgiveness. How can anyone trust him now?

Karen

February 18th, 2014
6:30 am

Sam above is probably correct. Take a look at Sharon Levy’s position on this matter outside Marijuana’s effects on the body and mind. Sharon sweetie is more interested in becoming a politician than finding the truth, Before you decide about her and her position and Marijuana use in medicine, go read a little about Levy. All these doctors are coming up with the same “lines”. They can’t win now and they are struggling against their own time.

Morgan

February 18th, 2014
7:12 am

Yes! I’d rather raise a stoner then a pill popper.

GABBY

February 18th, 2014
7:26 am

Absolutely disseminate marijuana since valid studies show will assist those the most whether they be children or adults. I just wonder why everyone is focusing on marijuana and the medical world simply is mot extracting the THC which is what helps patients. Can you believe(Huffington Post article) stated that marijuana studies have even showed that THC can help cure those with the deadly disease HIV? This is a no brainer!!!

WitchyWoman

February 18th, 2014
7:28 am

@ Chas Holman…I didn’t say it was anecdotal. What I said was that her case was extreme. I didn’t say she was the ONLY extreme case. Also, at no point do I say that marijuana has no benefit, so I don’t know why you felt the need to give me a lesson. Furthermore, why would I want to do all this research when I am not a user nor is anyone close to me one. I could care less what other people put in their bodies. If the time ever comes and I need the information, I will definitely do a full and wide research of the subject, until then I’ll just be a commenter on a board who was asked to give an opinion. Sometimes the pro-marijuana people are just as bad (propaganda wise) as the people against it. Like I said…I don’t care either way on the subject.

Mother of 2

February 18th, 2014
7:56 am

Now that marijuana is an actual medicine in some states, I hope that controlled, scientific studies will be done to show the risks vs rewards of using it to treat various illnesses. The benefits have been documented for some already. Funding for the studies on children will certainly be tricky. When it comes to treating children, risks vs reward are key in determining any treatment plan. There are known risks of marijuana to a developing brain. However, the risk of multiple seizures is also well documented. There are so many “experimental” treatments for all sorts of illnesses, and yet parents and doctors use them. I don’t have a problem with marijuana as another tool in the box as long as doctors are weighing the benefits and risks associated with using it. I’m very grateful that I don’t need to make this choice.

Sk8ing Momma

February 18th, 2014
8:01 am

IMO, this is truly a question that can only be answered honestly, and hopefully intelligently, by someone who walks in those shoes. Someone who is not the parent of a chronically ill child has no standing to opine what she would do. One does not know!

jct

February 18th, 2014
8:05 am

Don’t have a child in this situation; but I would probably do anything and everything if I were a parent in this situation including giving that child medical marijuana.

BDAtlanta

February 18th, 2014
8:15 am

If it helps them, Yes, without hesitation.

LizBeth

February 18th, 2014
8:33 am

The worst part of making these kinds of medications illegal, is that it prevents doctors and patients from exploring all avenues of possible treatment. It limits our freedom to make our own decisions about our own healthcare, and that of our children as well.

Sign of the Times

February 18th, 2014
8:44 am

ATL Born and Raised

February 18th, 2014
9:08 am

Marijuana is much less harmful than many FDA-approved prescription drugs on the market. It’s only illegal because of politics and lobbyists. I would do whatever I could to help myself or my child suffering from a chronic illness.

Richard

February 18th, 2014
9:09 am

I don’t know why this is a question. Replace “marijuana” with “ritalin” and few parents are hesitating. If your trusted physician is perscribing a medication, what’s the problem?

motherjanegoose

February 18th, 2014
9:10 am

@Sk8ing Momma…^^^^ like.

I am not in their shoes.

When our daughter was born with Erb’s Palsy, we we sought out every option to help her. The Scottish Rite Neurologist could diagnose but not offer a conclusive outcome. We took her to a pediatric chiropractor who was very thorough in her treatment and explanation. Many poo pooed that idea. I realize it is much different than marijuana.

We are blessed that she now has over 90 recovery in her right arm and it is generally not even noticeable.

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
9:14 am

Before our government and various parties including the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, the paper industry, and the cotton industry conspired to make Hemp and cannabis illegal in the 1930s (read The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herrer to see the sordid details) many medicinal preparations were made with cannabis extract, including those for children. At the time, they purposely referred to the plant as Marijuana to both confuse and elicit anti-mexican sentiment that furthered public “outrage” over the drug. Stories of black women on marijuana raping white women and other sensationalist lies were told by government officials all as part of this campaign to eliminate this wonderful plant. The conscious elimination of the proper latin name cannabis allowed them to slip legislation by the AMA who was absolutely against any prohibition of cannabis as they were well aware of its great medicinal value. They were quite upset after congress made the huge mistake of taxing hemp and cannabis off the market.

Cannabis is a great medicine. Forget the lies of Reefer Madness and support legalization for all purposes. Show you care about freedom for a change instead of our growing police state.

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
9:16 am

It is very nice to see how many people are waking up to the government/big Pharma conspiracy that controls our medical establishment. Also great to see that people are doing their own research instead of simply believing the lies of those with a financial stake who control the “official” story.

thekimmer

February 18th, 2014
9:18 am

Its not just about marijuana. Any caring person would do anything they could to cure or alleviate the suffering of a loved one and particularly a child. The extent of what they would be willing to do depends upon the desperation of their particular situation. Thus the willingness to travel to Mexico for dubious cancer treatments and participate in experimental treatment regimens. Treatment with cannabis would be no different.

I do hope that MJ will be studied and refined into a truly a modern medicine instead of the herbal remedy status it tends to have today. I think the issue with marijuana is that, unlike many of the drugs that are currently abused today, it did not start out as a medicine, it started out as a recreational drug first which makes it more difficult to move it into the realm of a pharmaceutical.

Atlanta Mom

February 18th, 2014
10:23 am

There was nothing I wouldn’t do for my children when they were young. Moving to Colorado is not a hardship, might not be my first choice, but I’d be there in a heartbeat if that’s what my child needed.

Kat

February 18th, 2014
10:29 am

I am not a parent whose child has had seizures, but I have experienced them about four times personally. Since mine are usually based on unintentional sleep deprivation, I wouldn’t use it because then I would be somewhat non-functional as an adult. If my child had numerous seizures a day, I would definitely try it to ease symptoms if other medications had proved fruitless (numerous seizures a day would signify that to me.)

Unfortunately, I don’t trust many people at Boston Children’s Hospital based on its recent track record of stupidity.

Maude

February 18th, 2014
10:35 am

BossIlluminati

February 18th, 2014
10:36 am

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

marijuana is California’s #1 crop, yet it’s illegal in the backwards USA, half my family and friends have grown for generations for a rapidly growing estimated 15 billion dollar cali crop..

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…

love and freedom forever

AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

Logical Dude

February 18th, 2014
10:43 am

“Would you be willing to treat a chronically ill child with medical marijuana? Should more states allow medical marijuana so families aren’t having to separate to get treatments they need? Should insurance cover it?”

Yes, of course. Side effects are less than many prescription medicines.
Yes, more states (and Federal) laws should allow medical marijuana.
Yes, insurance should cover it like regular medications. Although, on this, the marijuana should be reliable and dosage should be administered as an other medication.

Otherwise, it should be legal to buy a few seeds and grow your own medicine. (or you know, recreational vice)

Sign of the Times

February 18th, 2014
10:44 am

Big Tobacco will take control and become Big Marijuana. The Government has been waiting for the public’s mass blessing for a long time. The powers that be are glad we are all in agreement. After all, it’s for the sake of the Children …

Ben

February 18th, 2014
10:47 am

Bossilluminati: You might be more effective if you learned how to write proper English. As it is, parsing what you are blabbering isn’t worth the effort.

ylojkt

February 18th, 2014
10:49 am

I agree with everyone here in the pro-cannabis camp. There are actually some smart people who comment on the AJC, although it’s hard to tell this at times.
Georgia should hop on the bandwagon and make this beneficial herb completely legal. For those of you who don’t know, the new bill for legalization of the cannabinoid oil that is being presented to the general assembly this session is essentially another prohibition bill; it will increase penalties for the use or possession of the natural form of cannabis, i.e., the plant. Do not support this bill, but instead push your legislators for full legalization.
How or why our government thinks it can and should regulate the possession of a plant that grows freely in nature is beyond me, I can walk outside my front door right now and pick flowers that have hallucinogenic or mind altering properties, or even ones that are deadly poisonous; yet I can walk right into any garden shop and buy them over and over again to my hearts content.

Uncle Sam

February 18th, 2014
10:53 am

“It is very nice to see how many people are waking up to the government/big Pharma conspiracy that controls our medical establishment.”
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The Government, big pharma AND big tobacco have been working on making pot LEGAL so that they can Manufacture, Control, and Tax it own their own terms.

Hidden Agenda there is another underlying Hidden Agenda!

(the other) Rodney

February 18th, 2014
11:00 am

Absolutely. If my niece or nephew were hurting, and a little medical grade pot would help, I’d sell a kidney to get it for them. Or at the least beg, borrow and steal.

HB

February 18th, 2014
11:08 am

If it reduced my child’s number of seizures from 60 to 5 per day, you bet I’d give it to him/her. That said, I do think that the quoted pediatrician’s concerns are valid, and that there should probably be more research. I think the illegality of marijuana has led to it being seen most people as either a wrongfully forbidden miracle drug or an extremely dangerous substance that we must protect society from. The truth is likely somewhere in between — that it’s not all that harmful for adults in moderation and that it has many benefits, but probably isn’t quite as amazing as proponents claim. Similarly, I think the medical community’s failure to embrace and really study herbal remedies has led to extreme public beliefs that they are either always best and completely safe (remember ephedra?) or that they are useless. I’d love for more research to be conducted on natural remedies (including establishing safe, effective dosage standards), and then for more doctors incorporate tested herbal treatments into their practice.

A Pozas

February 18th, 2014
11:13 am

I am Epileptic. I know all too well the damage that epilepsy causes. I am a hard working , law abiding citizen, who pays taxes and sees both sides of this controversy. I absolutely agree that pot helps greatly with this illness. I have tried it all, but this is the answer for many of us.( Dravets syndrome especially ) Jayden’s story has proved this. His father is fighting this stupid law to keep his son alive!
People can judge but unless you actually know and watch your loved one almost die over and over you can’t understand how taking this away should be the crime. http://www.facebook.com/jasonandjayden

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
11:31 am

Uncle Sam – bigPharma is one of the largest contributors to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Yes, government always has an angle (in this case legalize and tax for their own wasteful spending), but up until these most recent state developments (which have given them no other options), they have been actively working together to keep this wonderful plant under wraps. Big tobacco on the other hand has been looking for an alternative for a long time and certainly has the mechanism to package a finished product for their profits. There is still far too much money to be lost for bigPharma and the government however if this plant becomes fully legal. People will realize how easy it is to grow and how much safer its consumption is over dangerous drugs like Prozac, Xanex, and similar. As well, the prison-industrial complex will also be significantly impacted as an extremely large minority of inmates are there on non-violent marijuana charges.

Trust me, any appearance of government working towards legalization certainly has a Hidden Agenda that has absolutely NOTHING to do with freedom, liberty, or the health of American citizens.

ylojkt

February 18th, 2014
11:32 am

You have to wonder why our government doesn’t follow the will of the people; thirty two comments on this issue so far and not one of them against legalization. When you realize why the government keeps this beneficial herb illegal, then you will realize that the government does not want you to have free will, they want to be able to control you and make money off of you. The govt./police/prison industrial complex needs this simple herb and many other drugs illegal to keep their funding and control of the populace, a people with free will is just too dangerous to them.

Pandora

February 18th, 2014
11:33 am

I think this is a no win situation when children are involved. My concern would be the chemical reactions with the already existing drugs they are on to control the seizures, etc.

At the other end of the age spectrum, I know that my grandfather who is a decades long health and nutrition fanatic has had major issues with herbal remedies reacting with his blood pressure medication, rheumatoid arthritis, and congestive heart medications. Did the decades of herbal remedies and vitamin supplements have no benefit or did they lead him to where he is at today? His immune system is so compromised there are no straightforward answers.

An adult doing potential future damage is one thing, but an adult making this decsion for their child has got to be gut wrenching. Not enough evidence exists to know if this is the right move.

Just pray for these families that this is not a hindsight issue with irreversible consequences.

Deacon Green

February 18th, 2014
11:37 am

Where’s the “Yes, you heartless idiot” button? I’m a 60 yr old medical marijuana refugee in Colorado from Iowa. Using smoked marijuana for chronic nausea & vomiting control due to Diabetic Neuropathic Gastroparesis (Paralyzed Stomach). Imagine my surprise when after only 2 years of therapy my Internist DC’ed 3 FDA Drugs. 1) Glucophage/Metformin for Diabetes 2) Lisinopril for High Blood Pressure and 3) Simvastatin for High Cholesterol. Marijuana has been proven to improve the LDL/HDL levels and the body’s ability to control blood sugar without other medication. NOTE: Marijuana also made me lose weight. That is I am no longer Obese, just another health advantage as nothing else in my health regimen had changed. Thank you God for creating the Cannabis plant. Far be it from man to say God was wrong in His creation.

Uncle Sam

February 18th, 2014
11:49 am

“People will realize how easy it is to grow and how much safer its consumption is over dangerous drugs like Prozac, Xanex, and similar.”
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No, it is not easy to grow. The chemicals (yes CHEMICALS) necessary to keep the pH level of the soil, the controlled conditions growing conditions with light and water, and the perpetural care and tending to tender delicate plant. Money and Time and the biggest downfalls to the home grower.

http://www.denverpost.com/grow/ci_22646080/marijuana-truth-about-growing-your-own-pot

On the commercialization side, note that many of the carcinogens that gravely damaged the tobacco industry was due to product demand. Supply and demand meant that plentiful crops were more necessary than the deadly chemicals applied to the leaf to control pests and weather damage NEEDED to insure “healthy” and bountifuls crops.

what's best for kids

February 18th, 2014
12:04 pm

so we will hoop them up on amphetamines because they won’t sit still, but we won’t give them cannabis if they are dying or seizing? sick in any way that causes them harm or pain?
Huh…

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
12:43 pm

Uncle Sam – its a WEED for crying out loud. The plant will grow in nearly any soil under any conditions. Stop reading the propaganda they are putting out to discourage home cultivation. Of course they don’t want anyone doing it themselves – no taxes. This plant has been growing on its own with no help from anyone for over 10,000 years. Yes, certainly the high potency hybrids require more attention and care, but nothing that is beyond the reach of a basic gardener. You appear to be a plant from Uncle Sam, Inc. sent here to discourage all who seek freedom. Sorry, the truth is available to anyone on the internet and anyone smart enough to avoid information from the state-controlled Denver Post.

Uncle Sam

February 18th, 2014
1:08 pm

“You appear to be a plant from Uncle Sam, Inc. sent here to discourage all who seek freedom. Sorry, the truth is available to anyone on the internet and anyone smart enough to avoid information from the state-controlled Denver Post.”
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Thank You for validating my comments! The state of Colorado is already in control, the next step is the Federal governemnt to take complete control over Marijuana – which they WILL.

I can tell from personal experience that you have never grown a plant! Your lack of knowledge does not jive / work on someone who has. ;)

My posts are based on years of knowledge and personal experiences. Just because I know for certain what is going to happen does not mean that I agree with it.

Peace!

DB

February 18th, 2014
1:51 pm

Yes, absolutely, if there was a chance of helping my child over such a debilitating condition, I’d grow the darn stuff myself!

There are so many drugs that are beneficial when used under proper supervision and can be abused — tranquilizers, pain medications, etc. Why couldn’t marijuana be one of them?

The doctor who warns, “Marijuana is bad for kids . . . ” has a point, I’m sure, but I guess it’s a decision — is the chance of some sort of reduced function down the road worth the tradeoff of NO function now? I know what I’d do.

beth

February 18th, 2014
1:57 pm

If it made them feel better… YES, ABSOLUTELY!

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
3:00 pm

Plenty of plants both inside and out with no issues. Sorry to burst your pre-conceived notion. The government is afraid of freedom and people who exercise it and even farmers of vegetables and fruits are already being labeled as potential terrorists because they cannot easily be controlled. Same story, every issue when it comes to government.

Class of '98

February 18th, 2014
3:22 pm

If I’m not mistaken, the liquid, medicinal form in question here is not mind-altering. Why would anyone have a problem giving it to a severely epileptic child if it helped?

Heck, I’d give the REAL STUFF to a severely epileptic child if it helped.

It’s just a plant, folks. It’s not heroin, it’s not crack, it’s not meth.

Sid

February 18th, 2014
3:27 pm

here’s a more generalized question: why are we letting cops (dea) decide what is/not medicine instead of MDs? that power should never have rested with them & should be ripped from their hands yesterday!

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
4:28 pm

Sid – I would question even putting the absolute authority in the hands of MDs. Their employment, certification, etc. is all rooted in government authority and they and the AMA have been conspiring against homeopaths and other alternative practitioners since the end of the 1800s.. By extension giving them sole power means the government has the sole power. Its either YOUR body or its the government’s. No two ways about it. Just let ME decide what I want to put into my body and let everyone else do whatever research, writing, etc. they want about these compounds so that I can be as educated as possible on my choices.

Duncan20903

February 18th, 2014
4:37 pm

@Sign of the Times said, “Tobacco has deep roots medicinal history.”

It’s true. In the late 17th/early 18th Century there wasn’t a place where people went swimming for recreation which didn’t keep a tobacco enema device handy for reviving people who had drowned. It’s probably where the expression “you’re just blowing smoke up my…” originated.

Regardless, the fact that ignorant people would use a bellows to blow smoke into a dead person’s colon in an attempt to revive that person is wholly irrelevant to this discussion. There’s no doubt whatever that there was never a single person who was dead due to drowning that was revived by pumping tobacco into their colon, so what’s your point?

Are you one of those silly people that believes that cannabis requires smoking? These children, as well as most legitimate patients who employ whole plant exo-cannabinoid medicine don’t use smoking as the delivery method.

Can’t the prohibitionists engage in a serious dialogue without bringing up irrelevant nonsense, or is that just beyond those people?

Duncan20903

February 18th, 2014
4:43 pm

t doesn’t appear to me that anyone is worried about prescription methamphetamine being FDA approved for use by school children who are older than age 6. I don’t mean Ritalin or Adderall, I mean honest to goodness methamphetamine, AKA Desoxyn®.

I don’t see anyone up in arms over the use of medicinal maggots which are FDA approved for children of any age.

In October 2013 cannabidiol became the first organic cannabinoid authorized by the FDA to be consumed by human beings, and specifically by children with Dravet syndrome. While this is a significant step forward for exo-cannabinoid medicine, the FDA approval of Epidiolex® made by GW Pharmaceuticals is only good for the first 125 children to respond to their offer. That leaves thousands and thousands and thousands with no other “legal” option other than FDA approved suffering with some 90% suffering an FDA approved death.

It’s a crying shame that there are so many people who are ready and willing to just let these children suffer and die because of their misplaced allegiance to the epic failure of public policy which we call the war on (some) drugs.

Some other FDA approved potions, pills, and powders include Premarin which is extracted from fresh horse urine, Warfarin which was also used as a commercial rodenticide, arsenic trioxide…umm…who doesn’t know what arsenic is?

In addition to medicinal maggots the FDA has also approved the use of medicinal leeches as a medical “device.” IIRC medicinal leeches come in handy for the FDA approved dirty old men who call FDA approved Viagra a medicine but suffer from the FDA approved side effect of a persistent erection which lasts more than 4 hours. I admit I haven’t been keeping up with the news about Viagra. Has the number of FDA approved deaths from taking Viagra as directed topped 10,000 yet? The number of FDA approved deaths from Viagra was well into 4 figures the last I checked. But that was years ago. Unless they figured out what was causing those FDA approved death then it probably has because the last time I looked was almost a decade ago.

Please don’t let the prohibitionists fool you into believing that they care about “the children” because they don’t. The only concern that they have for “the children” is preserving their value as political pawns and using them to make their hysterical rhetoric even more hysterical.

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