Children, Cancer, and Cannabis Oil
Children seem to be leading the charge in the advancement of cannabis therapeutics.
At least, they are often the ones featured in news reports surrounding the controversial and successful use of cannabis extracts in treating life-threatening and incurable medical conditions.
While many of these stories have focused on the astonishing effect of cannabis on epilepsy and seizure disorders, a few concern the marked benefits the plant’s compounds have bestowed on children with cancer – the leading cause of death by disease among American children.
Take, for instance, the case of Mykayla Comstock, known as “Brave Mykayla” to her supporters. At the time of diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – the most common childhood cancer – Mykayla was 7 years old and one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana users. Her mother and stepfather credit cannabis for her complete remission, and for greatly mitigating the toxic effects of the chemotherapy.
Another is Landon Riddle, 2 years old at the time of diagnosis with ALL, whose mother, Sierra, moved to Colorado from Utah in order to obtain THC and CBD-rich medical cannabis extracts. Chemotherapy was ravaging her son’s body and Sierra was desperate for an alternative. She told CNN, “Once I took the chemo out, I see these amazing results. And no more need for blood transfusion and platelet transfusions.”
Fortunately, Landon’s cancer went into remission. However, Sierra still had to battle doctors and the threat of Child Protective Services taking Landon away in order to stop the chemotherapy and continue treatment with only cannabis oil.
Perhaps she was taking her cue from the case of a 14 year-old girl with ALL who died not from the disease but from chemotherapy-induced complications. This girl made research history for being perhaps the only documented case in which cannabis oil stopped the leukemia when all other conventional treatments had failed.
Also in our blog, see the discussion of ACDC, an alternative to Charlotte’s Web grown right here in northern California.