I read an interesting article in The Oregonian about a leukemia sufferer who often takes cannabis oil to help combat treatment side effects. It may not sound unusual as many cancer patients are prescribed medicinal marijuana to ease nausea and other side effects, but the patient I am referring to is a 7 year old child. I am fully aware of the benefits of medicinal marijuana for adults, but I had yet to contemplate the benefits/risks for children until I read about Mykayla Comstock, the child featured in The Oregonian. Honestly, I had never heard of a child taking medicinal marijuana until now.
According to the article, 7 year old Comstock takes cannabis oil in capsule form and also indulges in sweets like brownies that are prepared with "butter laced with marijuana". Her mother, a marijuana user who does not have cancer, claims it helps relieve side effects like loss of appetite and insomnia. Mykayla, who has a legal prescription for the drug, said in the article that it does help her to sleep and eat.
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