Because I'm the Mom: Medical marijuana for children

By Heather Condley Rainone | Managing Editor Published:

Thanks for hanging with me for my third blog post. This one is a little more serious than my previous two.

The Today show had a story the other day about families who are moving to Colorado to get access to medical marijuana for their sick children. I think CNN is doing a series on this issue as well.

The  Today show reporter interviewed a family with a 2-year-old daughter who was having as many as 400 seizures a day. Yes, 400! I can’t imaging how terrifying that must be.

After doing research and reading extensively about a type of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web, the girl’s parents decided to give it a try since none of the typical, FDA-approved drugs were working.

Charlotte’s Web is named after 7-year-old Charlotte Figi, whose parents gave her marijuana in an oil form after she was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome and was suffering up to 300 seizures a week. On marijuana, her seizures were down to two or three a month, her parents say.

Charlotte’s Web has low levels of THC, which is what leads to feeling ‘high,’ and higher levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, which is the non-psychoactive component that has a wide range of health benefits.

There are people who think this is horrible, for parents to give their children marijuana. (And for the record, these children are getting the marijuana through food, not by smoking it). By nature I’m a rule follower. I mostly do what’s expected of me, but I’m not sure there are many things I wouldn’t do for my children if they were in pain and suffering, or if their lives were at risk, which is the case for some of these children with severe seizures.

What I think is horrible is that these parents have had to uproot their lives to move to Colorado and in some cases separate their families. And what about families who might read about this type of treatment but know that there’s no way they can afford to do what these other families are doing and what might be best for their children. It’s truly heartbreaking.

If you have any parenting topics you’d like me to touch on feel free to comment on this post or email me at hrainone@recordpub.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @heatherrainone or follow my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HeatherCondleyRainoneRecordCourierManagingEditor.

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