I'm going to break up my debate to debate what is going on in the article as well as my personal feelings.
1. I would be okay with MM as long as a doctor was following (this goes for adults and especially children). Just like any other pain killer which at least here is tracked pretty well. I'm surprised there are no guidelines in place and leaving parents up to do their own dosage. Like, do they give their own doses of percocet too?
2. Based on the above comment, I am okay with the mother using MM.
Based on the article:
1. Doctors are unaware that the child is using MM which is sneaky in my opinion. She has a new oncologist and I'm assuming it's because mom didn't like that the previous doc was against what she is doing.
2. Mom seems to be disillusioned with what she should be doing. She uses it (what is she using it for??) and bf is a supplier which just seems like a conflict of interest in this.
3. She has been dosed with adult levels of MM. So uncomfortable with this especially because of reason #1.
I think in this particular case Dad is absolutely right to be concerned.
Wow! When I first started reading, I was ready to side with the mother. The child is in treatment for cancer. Many meds have been deemed save for children in the right dosage; other meds aren't. Not sure where pot falls on that spectrum.
But then I read this:
I don't think the mother is administering the drug responsibly. If this was her attitude and dosage of any prescribed or OTC meds, I would feel the same way.Quote:
She herself is an Oregon medical marijuana patient, and her boyfriend is Mykayla's grower. She is so convinced of the drug's safety that she consumed it during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding her second child.
When her symptoms are especially bad, Mykayla's mother and her mother's boyfriend will feed her cannabis-infused food. She's had up to 1.2 grams of cannabis oil in 24 hours, the rough equivalent of smoking 10 joints.
Purchase said Mykayla's first oncologist called the marijuana use "inappropriate." She has not informed her new oncologist about the treatment.
With marijuana, Purchase said her daughter has been able to fight past the chemotherapy and return to a sense of normalcy.
"She's like she was before," her mother said. "She's a normal kid."
Read more: Mom gives 7-year-old medical marijuana to combat chemo, against dad's wishes - NY Daily News
The dad came across as genuinely concerned about her well-being.
Yep 7. Can you imagine?? The adults I have known to use MM didn't do that much.
I have several concerns here.
1. If the first oncologist thought it unwise and the second does not know of the usage how does this little girl have a MM licence?
2. If no doctors are monitoring the usage then what is stopping the mother from giving the girl too much?
3. Reading the comments on the article people don't seem to get is that she is getting just the oil in the capsules and the amount which her mother is dosing her is equivalent to 10 joints, that seems like a lot even for an adult.
4. It is really hard for me to believe that the mother and boyfriend have this little girl's best interest in place when the mother is a user and the boyfriend is the supplier...
I don't blame the father for having concerns at all, I would have concerns as well. Cancer is horrible and I could not imagine having to watch your child be in that much pain from chemo and everything else. I am very concerned at having a child that young using MM, especially without medical oversight.
I am not against MM but it seems to me that in the US it is pretty easy to get a licence for it.
I really hate to think this, but I suspect the mother is using her child's cancer for her own selfish purposes - to legally grow and possess marijuana for her own use, with the child's illness and MM usage being secondary to that. Kind of like a get out of jail free card.
Absolutely wrong. Having had a son who went through chemo at 8-9 years old I know that there are other options out there. They prescribed him very strong anti-nausea pills that worked very well without the side effects of MM.