Medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, a new review suggests. It can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can control seizures somewhat in children with epilepsy, said study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong. He is a psychiatrist with Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. But there’s not enough evidence to say that medical marijuana can help kids with any other medical conditions, such as neuropathic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Tourette’s syndrome, Wong added.
We are often judged by the company we keep, even unfairly. For decades, that has been the fate of cannabidiol, a chemical compound that has the bad luck to occur naturally in marijuana, the world’s most controversial plant. Because cannabidiol is subject to the same tight legal restrictions on personal and scientific use as is marijuana, its potential medical benefits have been underappreciated — at least up until now.
A medical cannabis product called RSHO-X dramatically reduced epileptic seizures in a Mexican study of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy that responds poorly to treatment. The study covered 39 patients who had daily seizures despite being treated with at least three anti-epileptic drugs. Seventeen percent of the participants had no seizures for at least four months, researchers said. Eighty-four percent had a 50 percent reduction in seizure activity. And more than half, 53 percent, saw their seizure activity drop by 75 percent.
Holley Moseley walks to the park with daughter RayAnn, 11, in their neighborhood in Gulf Breeze. RayAnn, who has severe epilepsy, was an inspiration for the Florida Legislature’s passage of a bill that soon will allow parents to treat their epileptic children with marijuana that contains a low amount of THC, the chemical that causes intoxication. GULF BREEZE | On good days when her epileptic seizures aren’t severe, RayAnn Moseley laughs, sings, dances, swims and practices with the children’s choir at her church. She easily brings smiles to the people around her. On bad days, the 11-year-old wakes up in bloody sheets or lies down on the school floor and says nothing all day. When her seizures become particularly intense, she is rushed to the hospital. The images of those e...