Studies carried out over the years have shown that cannabis is a very important plant that has offered some hope for the treatment of many diseases due to the various medicinal properties offered by the compounds present in the plant.

This relief is not only for adults but also for children suffering from serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and ASD. Reports of the use of CBD in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have only come to attention recently. Many of these reports have claimed that CBD is responsible for a significant change in these children, and many parents, especially those whose children have severe ASD and seizures, are willing to try this as a means of treatment.

Learn how medical cannabis helps children with cancer, epilepsy and autism

How does it work

The body has its system that regulates physiological activities such as appetite, pain, and mood called endocannabinoid. The cannabis plant has a chemical compound called cannabinoids that not only stimulates the endocannabinoid system to relieve pain and increase appetite, but can also reduce tumor growth and seizures, among other therapeutic effects. The medical marijuana these patients take has a different form, but one common thing they all have is that it has been formulated to be rich in cannabidiol (CBD), which has most of the medicinal properties available in cannabis but low in tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC) which is a psychoactive compound in the plant responsible for “high” feeling.

Opinions on the use of medical marijuana

Many states that see its benefits have legalized the use of medical marijuana, and some of them allow its use for minors with the consent of the parents. States like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware have allowed its use for children with certain medical conditions, and while there is some variation, they all allow its use for the treatment of seizures. On the other hand, there are states that have not yet done so and even in those that allow their use, there are regulations in place to monitor use, and this sometimes hinders access to medicines. For example, some states require the signature of more than one physician on the prescription for medical marijuana, while others prohibit the sale of cannabis groceries in medical marijuana dispensaries in an attempt to prevent abuse of these drugs.

Fear of dependency

In addition to issues related to safety and efficacy, there is also a fear that some of these patients treated with medical marijuana will become dependent or addicted. This is the result of reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which warns that although marijuana seems to have some therapeutic properties, there is the possibility of dependency and subsequent addiction to minors. The risk of dependency in minors is as high as four to seven times greater than that of adults, generating some concern for parents.

In response, supporters say that the CBD given to these minors contains no psychoactive properties and that there is no risk of dependency or addiction. And parents who have been through severe emotional distress worrying and watching their children go through these conditions will definitely feel that their children’s relief is more important. And you should also note that the reviews done by parents so far have been positive, as there have been several cases where cannabis vastly improved the medical condition.

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