Paediatricians in Canada have noticed an increase in medical cannabis treatment requests from open-minded parents who curious about giving marijuana and hemp-derived oils to their kids.
For years, doctors have shunned medical cannabis as a treatment for children, with little research to guide them. However, with countries giving the green light to the magical herb one after another, there’s a new wave of marijuana-using millennials who are looking for alternatives to ADHD medication.
Don’t expect green lights all the time
There are only a very few conditions for which the science is solid when it comes to using cannabis in children.
Pointing to a handful of well-executed randomized controlled trials and a recent systematic review of the literature on medical cannabis for complex pediatric seizure disorders, Dr. Evan Lewis, a pediatric neurologist in Toronto, says there is very good evidence supporting its use in certain seizure conditions, such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome and tuberous sclerosis.
“Outside of that, it is kind of extrapolating from the evidence and using less robust evidence in the literature,” he says.
Doctor Lewis is now using cannabis for other types of seizures and a range of conditions such as migraines, concussions, sleep problems, autism, tics, movement disorders and behavioural problems in children with neurological conditions. Cannabis is also being used for symptom relief in palliative care, chronic pain disorders, spasticity and incurable malignancies.
The bottom line
Let’s support the research and the parents whose lives have changed for the better once they had safe, legal access to CBD oil for their kids. If you’re not sold on using CBD oil for your little ones there are many natural relaxation alternatives to help all parties cope with the reality of life.
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