Less than a decade ago, marijuana still carried the stigma of being an illegal substance that contributed to delinquency rates in youth, lethargic apathy in adults and a fierce bout of the munchies for users of any age. As states slowly began decriminalizing use of marijuana for medical purposes and it gained ground as a more legitimate treatment for a variety of illnesses and conditions, the natural progression of prescribing marijuana as an alternative also raised the question of whether or not it should be prescribed for children.
Marijuana has proven affective.
Some parents who once would’ve considered giving marijuana to their children to be a form of child abuse are now supporters of the positive changes the substance has brought to their children. Where traditional medications failed to adequately manage such conditions as autism and seizures, marijuana has proven effective. The effectiveness of marijuana has also been more than sufficiently proven as a means of alleviating the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer patients, young and old.
Medical marijuana benefits hyperactive children as well.
For autistic children, marijuana can give them more emotional and mental stability than traditional drugs and children with seizures can achieve a dramatic reduction in the number of episodes they experience each day. Hyperactive children can also benefit from medical marijuana rather than drugs like Ritalin or Adderol which have been proven to have detrimental effects, including fatal consequences for children who take the drugs for prolonged periods of time.
The approach to acceptance.
As more states move toward making medical marijuana legal, the public’s perception is also shifting toward an attitude of acceptance and even approval. Eventually, with all the documented evidence supporting the use of marijuana as a valid and effective therapeutic treatment, perhaps acceptance will even come from policymakers and game-changers within the federal government hierarchy.
Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.