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7-Year-Old's Medical Marijuana Habit Is No Reason for Dad to Be Angry

by Jeanne Sager on November 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

marijuanaHow's this for a question that doesn't usually come up at Mommy and me? Would you give your 7-year-old marijuana? Erin Purchase does, and her ex-husband is none too happy about it. Agree with him? Just wait.

Erin's daughter has cancer. Mykayla Comstock is already being pumped full of chemotherapy drugs. Still think giving a 7-year-old pot is such a big deal?

I'm going to come right out and admit I would do exactly what Erin is doing for MyKayla, and likely in the same exact way.

The pot the 7-year-old is taking is generally in the form of pills, not a joint. She gets about a gram of cannabis oil every day, administered by Erin or her boyfriend. Although the little girl says it makes her "feel funny," she also says it helps her eat and sleep.

That's good enough for me.

I've seen what cancer does to grownups. I remember visiting my grandfather in the hospital and later in his bed at home where he eventually lost his battle with prostate cancer. As you can imagine, it wasn't pleasant. To think of a child withstanding all of that leaves me close to tears. These kids are bearing a situation that's already marked them for life. If there's something we can do to help them, to make it all easier, why not?

I understand that Mykayla's dad, Jesse, worries about the long-term affects of marijuana on his little girl. He sounds like a caring guy who is just looking out for his kid. But what does it say that we'll accept the harsh chemicals of chemotherapy but turn up our noses at marijuana? I've read the science on both over the years, and I have to say the former scares me significantly more than the latter.

I think we'd all prefer kids didn't get cancer. But as long as it's happening, I see medical marijuana usage with pediatric cancer patients only growing in popularity.

What would you do if Myakyla were your child? Would you give her marijuana?

 

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Filed Under: drugs & alcohol, kid health

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  • Wilda...
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    WildatHeart918

    November 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I would do anything to spare my children pain. Aside from that marijuana is 1,000 times more natural and less harmful than the radioactive drugs that are used to eradicate the cancer. Just because marijuana conjures mental pictures of slacked out druggies getting the munchies doesn't mean it has no value to those who truly need it.


  • MsRkg
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    MsRkg

    November 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I would give MJ in a heart beat to my son if it helped. It's more natural and  better than being pumped with drug after drug after drug. I have been through chemo and know what it does, no way would I put my son through that and tell him to just deal with it if there was something else , more natural , that can help ease with the side effect of chemo. Besides with the R&D that's being done with marijuana they are close to /already made strains of the plant with the the THC (the part that gives you the high feeling) factor removed, making it even better.


  • dixie...
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    dixiechick2

    November 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
    This mother is doing the right thing.
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    Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

    November 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I agree with you 110%. I would do absolutely anything to help my child stay strong,painfree as possible and persevere through a time like this, when one is fighting for ones life. I do think that as the father he certainly has a right to have an opinion but I bet you  that it is the mom who has custody and gives primary care,takes her to all her appointments and treatments, holds her when she cries from pain or depression,etc.and knows/sees how the quality of her daughter's life has improved since taking i.t I am by no means saying that a parent who doesn't give the kid THC meds is a bad parent. I am just saying why I feel that the blogger is correct. (aka, my opinion) You are more than welcome to have your own opinion and I respect it so please show me the same courtesy! Thanks!


  • hello...
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    hellokd87

    November 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I am 100% supportive of her decision to give it to her. I would understand the backlash if she had her smoke it, because I personally believe that no adult much less a child should be smoking ANYTHING to begin with, but if it's in the form of a pill, then I see no harm at all. It's just cannabis oil. There have been NUMEROUS clinical pathology studies on marijuana usage that helps not only cancer patients, but those suffering from anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases and the results are astounding. This is like the story of the man in Europe (don't remember which country) who gave his son marijuana because he was suffering from cancer as well.


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    Jan Erickson

    November 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Unclear why the author refers to this as a "habit".
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    Danelle Price

    November 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I would do anything for my babies. Would he rather have her take morphine, oxy's or even in some states meth pills that are highly more adivct then medical dope?


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    Adrian O'Brien

    November 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Its a plant that has a beneficial use that is being administered by parents (who are going to be the first to cut off any bad habbit... at least I would)  I say good for them.  Besides... drugs used for ADHD and other forms of behavioral disorders are going to be more likely to lead to drug adictions down the road than a tablet of cannabis oil.


  • monke...
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    monkeymom1104

    November 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM
    It helps her eat, sleep, and controls pain, what can the issue be?
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    Melissa Brannam

    November 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I would give it to my child if it would help him... It's better than Morphine, which would leave the child nausiated and constantly sleepy


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