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Should Children Use Medical Marijuana?

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Medical marijuanaShould Kids Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana?

The issue of kids and medical marijuana is a very touchy subject. I remember when they showed a child’s father on the show ‘Weed Wars’ obtaining medical marijuana for his suffering kid. The media firestorm was almost instant. Many media outlets tried to paint it as ‘a bad parent forcing his child to smoke pot’ but there was so much more to the story. The child was suffering, and his dad was purchasing a smokeless form of cannabis per a doctor’s recommendation. The media often forgot to mention those details.

How do TWB readers feel about kids using medical marijuana? If it’s not smoked, such as a tincture or medible, is there really a big deal? Is it any different than giving them any other type of medicine. This is a question for parents and non-parents, conservatives and liberals. It really surprises me that this issue is only reported on in an explosive manner, and not talked about rationally.

On the other side of the coin, should teenagers be allowed to possess medical marijuana cards? What should the criteria be? In Oregon, if a minor has the signature of their parent and doctor, they can obtain a medical marijuana card. If you watch the videos below, you will see that there are many states with this provision. I won’t lie, it makes me uncomfortable when I hear about dozens of high school students in Ashland, Oregon flashing medical marijuana cards at school to get out of trouble. I don’t know each student’s story, but it seems kind of far fetched that there is that much pain and suffering among high school students in Southern Oregon. I’m worried that such stories will make a joke out of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and be used against legit patients to take away their program.

On the flip side again, the laws that govern high school students in regards to marijuana are outdated and far more harmful to the student than marijuana is. So maybe me being uncomfortable is unfounded. What do TWB readers think? Should kids be allowed to use medical marijuana? If so, when? In only the most extreme cases? Or do you think it’s no big deal and that it should be entirely up to the parents? Like I said, it’s a sensitive subject, but those are the topics that I like to talk about most. Time to rip the band-aid off and get discussing!

 

 

 

 

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  3. My five yr old suffers from severe ADHD ! He was prescribed adderall(prescription speed) a controlled substance. As a recovering addict 1 day of meds for him was enough to prove I would only be making his battle a war . I am looking for a dr to prescibe medical marijuana for him. Also my mom has MS. She is still functioning normal due to smoking marijuana has helped form a bridge over damaged nerves allowing them to carry out their messages. I love my mom and for that I love you marijuana

  4. “If you are TRYING to get your kids to smoke pot you are clearly a loser.” -John smith…. Learn to have a proper debate, and do not put words into peoples mouth. Like i said before if you can not give a reasonable, logical, POV as to why kids shouldnt smoke/eat/inhale then, your argument is invalid. I do agree that for the kid to smoke/eat/inhale he/she has to know what the it will feel like, and what the benefits are, but that depends on the individual that’s why to put an age limit would be useless because it takes away freedom to the individual, just as the regulations with alcohol do. Inform the public about drugs in a scientific way, and not in a reefer madness propaganda bullshit.

  5. Exactly! i agree with Rick.just because of YOUR personal experience with marihuana hasnt been all that great then, that does not mean that it’s the same for everyone. Plus, marihuana relieves stress and depression in users bc of the euphoria that you get from smoking the plant, so i find it very hard to believe, and even more without any data nor any personal testimonies from people that use it, that you will drop out of school, college, or work. If you can give me one, LOGICAL, reason why to be in a “high” state of consciousness is bad, and i mean bad in a harmful physical or psychological  way, not from a religious POV(which is where conservatives cherry pick their moral rules), then we can start talking.

  6. If you are worried about brain development, you should add the prescription mood altering drugs mentioned in this article first and foremost to your list of things that developing brains should not have….

  7. My testimony of my brother’s life and my own should be proof enough for anybody how devastating other man made perscription drugs can affect a youth’s life. My younger brother was ADHD to the max while growing up. He was prescribed the usuals, adderall, ritalin, etc. As we got older, I began to wonder why he was so physically different from me and my older brother. He was always 40 to 50 pounds lighter than his older brothers. Why? After I did some research on his prescriptions, I suggested to him that he get off of them. As he quit taking them and began ingesting canabis, his grades went up, he neared what genetically speaking would be his ideal weight(Which really isn’t that much, 180 for someone 5′ 10″ if you’re wondering), and I for sure felt like killing him a whole lot less! As for myself,  I was put into counseling when my parent’s relationship started to fall apart. I was prescribed numerous mood altering prescription ranging from depicote, to prozac, to nortryptaline. Not one of them  really helped me. They actually created  a high of their own, distracting me more from my shoolwork and relationships with the people in my life. I began consuming canabis in my early teen years and found it dramatically more effective than the legal drugs given to me by my doctors and counselor. Unannounced to my parents, I quit taking my prescriptions. After a month or so, I broke the news that I no longer neded them. I admit my mother was not too pleased with my illegal alternative, but she was not blind to the reality that the canabis was helping me. Canabis has done nothing but help me realize how wonderful life is.

  8. I am pretty sure that the scientific backing for your claims is on shaky ground. You see alcohol destroys brain cells, it is outright poison to your mind and body, many drugs are like this too much can start causing harm rather than good. Such is no the case with marijuana, it has no toxic effects and is in fact a neuroprotectant, so it keeps the brain from being damaged (for example a marijuana smoker who uses alcohol will experience less mental decline from the alcohol use, though significantly more intoxication). The effect it has on memory only applies to short term memory (more specifically your working memory) and only lasts as long as intoxication does.

    If you are worried about amotivational syndrome, such a thing has contradictory empirical backing and support from laboratory studies. I know of no CT or MRI scans that can detect a marijuana user based on damage done to the brain or changes in normal thought patterns (except that would show up while intoxicated). So we really have no way to know how marijuana effects minds which are still developing. And then of course I can call into question the entire idea that the mind ever stops developing, because while plasticity is greater in children, the adult brain is far more plastic than we have previously realized.

    I would think the reason you take up this argument (the government knows how to instill drug propaganda for one) but is because it appeals to two things, your innate sense of precaution, which is laudable, and the *children* just think about the children. So you must protect the children, from harms real and imagined, and the harm to the developing mind caused by cannabis is in my opinion mostly imagined. I have seen people go down the shitter starting with cannabis before, but it wasn’t cannabis that did it, it was their so called friends and the ideas that those friends shared with them. A dream of lazing about and doing nothing with your life. Cannabis might make you a little more receptive to the idea of doing nothing productive, but its not enough pressure in itself to drive you from the path to success, not with all the other pressure (friends, family, and community) that *should* be pushing you to become a success.

    But to go your your example of the rebellious father, lets change the situation a tad. The kid has a stomach virus and cant keep food down. A couple puffs of marijuana and you can get some soup into him right away and help him off to sleep with the same medication. Its a damn better treatment than trying to get him to keep down an oral administered anti-emetic, and if you administered a sativa strain of cannabis you could probably help him catch up on his homework that he missed once hes come down a little bit from the euphoric effects.

    Oh and to top it ALL off the only psychoactive chemical in marijuana is THC, and they have medical marijuana that has a low THC content, and a high cannabidiol content (cannabidiol counteracts some of the euphoria casued by the THC in marijuana) so you dont get high.

  9. I completely agree. I have used both of these medications and they did not work as well as cannabis.

  10.  I agree with Joe Wolf. I am 17 and I have severe depression and
    stomach/digestion issues. Cannabis is like the cure all for both of
    these things in my case. i can eat and keep my food down when i am using
    cannabis and of course (when using cannabis) my depression is not even
    an issue. Unfortunately I live in a state with SEVERE marijuana
    penalties so its hard for me to get my MEDICATION, and my parents (dad
    and step-mom) are of course 100% against the idea of me using cannabis
    in ANY FORM. They have labeled me as deadbeat stoner even though i am 17
    years old and a sophomore (almost junior) in COLLEGE. My real mother is
    the only one who supports the use of medicinal cannabis but she lives
    in a different state and I do not get to see her all that often. I would
    be lying to you if i said i didn’t occasionally smoke for “recreational
    purposes” but for the most part my use of cannabis is for medicinal
    purposes. I guess my thing is that i refuse to be doped up on anti
    depression and stomach medications when there is a safe and natural
    alternative to solving my issues.  Its just a shame that i cant get
    access to the medication that allows me to live a comfortable life.

  11. I agree with Joe Wolf. I am 17 and I have severe depression and stomach/digestion issues. Cannabis is like the cure all for both of these things in my case. i can eat and keep my food down when i am using cannabis and of course (when using cannabis) my depression is not even an issue. Unfortunately I live in a state with SEVERE marijuana penalties so its hard for me to get my MEDICATION, and my parents (dad and step-mom) are of course 100% against the idea of me using cannabis in ANY FORM. They have labeled me as deadbeat stoner even though i am 17 years old and a sophomore (almost junior) in COLLEGE. My real mother is the only one who supports the use of medicinal cannabis but she lives in a different state and I do not get to see her all that often. I would be lying to you if i said i didn’t occasionally smoke for “recreational purposes” but for the most part my use of cannabis is for medicinal purposes. I guess my thing is that i refuse to be doped up on anti depression and stomach medications when there is a safe and natural alternative to solving my issues.  Its just a shame that i cant get access to the medication that allows me to live a comfortable life.

  12. Cannabis is: A neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, anti-biotic (topical) anti-convulsion, anti-seizure, anti-diarrhea, anti-oxidant, a cancer treatment, and so much more. Why we have this compunction about not letting children even come close to it is beyond me (no really I just blame our governments propaganda war, making us think that cannabis is bad for kids).

    I view marijuana as a first line of treatment in many cases, not as a medicine of last resort.

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