Anyone who has ever known and loved someone using chemotherapy knows just what a toxic cocktail those drugs truly are. So when faced with the idea that an 8-month-old baby could go through those horrific side effects or try something else, namely marijuana, to treat a brain tumor, my money is on the "something else" every time.
This is exactly the question parents of an 8-month-old baby were faced with recently when they opted to treat their baby with cannabinoid oil (a form of marijuana) on the baby's pacifier twice a day. Within two months the tumor had shrunk so dramatically that the baby's doctor's did not have to use chemo. Amazing, no?
As a mom, I understand it might be a little more controversial, but I also watched my own mother have painful mouth sores, debilitating nausea, hair loss, and complete misery because of chemo. And in the end, she died anyway. Anything that could avoid that sounds good to me.
The fact is, traditional treatment is incredibly hard on the body. Make no mistake about it. Marijuana and its derivatives have a bad reputation for obvious reasons, but they are actually much healthier than many traditional cancer treatment methods.
Personally, I only knew about its application in the treatment of nausea from chemo, but if it can also help treat the disease itself or even shrink the tumors, who WOUDLN'T try it? What can it hurt?
A child whose choices are already so limited ought to have parents who are open-minded enough to seek the most natural treatment possible. It is surprising and different, sure, but why not try it?
As parents, we owe it to our kids to do everything we can for them. It may feel counterintuitive to use "illegal" drugs to help them, but in many cases, marijuana can be a miracle. Who is to say what you would do if it was your child with a brain tumor?
The long term effects of marijuana on a baby are probably unknown, but the long term effects of chemotherapy may be just as harmful, if not even worse. At least cannabis can be grown safely and organically and given in as natural a state as possible.
Ordinarily I would frown on parents giving any kind of substance to a baby, but a baby with a brain tumor is another kind of story. In this case, the cannabis helped. Maybe this is the beginning of less invasive treatment methods with fewer side effects. Wouldn't that be a miracle for ALL children?
Would you give your baby cannabinoid oil?