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VIDEO: Why America’s Children Have A Right to Get High

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VIDEO: Why America’s Children Have A Right to Get High

In the wake of the Cannabidiol (CBD) craze, many conservative states have championed legalizing CBD medicines for children in need. The desire to give children marijuana derived medicines without getting them “high” is steadily driving demand for products such as Alepsia, which sounds wholesome and pharmaceutical to the ears, more like something a doctor would actually prescribe over something called “Cat Piss”.

But I think we need to step back and ask, what is wrong with kids getting high?

Being young and sick is terrifying. It is hard for a young mind to wrap itself around reality when faced with pain, suffering, illness and possibly death.

When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and never was there a debate in the doctor’s office about the side effects of the drugs they gave me, they just gave them to me, even when I didn’t want them. Getting high-inducing pain meds out of my doctors was so easy I didn’t even have to ask. I got high off of morphine and hydrocodone (vicodin) and didn’t like it. My doctor’s encouraged me to take it anyway.

Did getting high off my prescribed pharmaceuticals encourage me to spin down a web of degeneracy? Did the pills in my mouth lead to a needle in my arm? No, because even though I was a child I knew the difference between recreational drug use, illicit drug use and medicine. I also learned young that the medicine I was being prescribed caused me more pain than good, so took to smoking marijuana instead.

Take for example, the case of 8-year-old leukemia survivor Brave Mykayla. When Mykayla was diagnosed, her parents didn’t debate over whether or not they were worried that marijuana might make Mykayla “high”, they debated about the best ways to get her the medicine to make the process of fighting cancer as easy as they possibly could for her. That’s what parents do; they make sure even the most difficult situations in life are sugarcoated so children can be children.

Mykayla gets high. Vice.com recently visited her home and saw Mykayla get her medicine, a high-potency marijuana oil complete with THC and CBD in flavored gel caps. The viewer has to ask themselves, would they rather see this girl plugged into an IV, frail and gaunt but still making it, or would they rather see her bubbly, happy, playing with toys and drawing pictures of her favorite ice cream?

Is the proper treatment for a child with cancer sterile hospitals and hushed whispers and stares? Wouldn’t you want your child to maintain some semblance of a normal, happy childhood while battling a life-threatening illness?

While marijuana, and all of its 60+ cannabinoids (which include both THC and CBD), physically has helped cure Mykayla’s cancer and put her in remission, I would argue her mental state has played a major part in the healing as well. Mykayla was never allowed to spiral into the depression of being diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness. Her parents made her treatment fun, a game, they provided her with quality of life, not just marijuana.

So why are we so afraid of getting our kids high? Don’t we already get them high on junk food and pharmaceutical drugs? (Note: all of those things have either caused illness or killed children, marijuana has not and never will).  In conservative states high-CBD medications have received rebranding under the name “Alepsia” to make them more palatable to legislators and parents alike. Why not rebrand the “child high” to “quality of life”? Why not allow our sick children quality of life?

Tell us in the comments below, do you think children with life-threatening diseases should be treated with cannabis?

31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Rojer R

    January 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Donna your correct poppies are indeed a plant, poppy seeds are yummy also, but eat a leaf flower or smoke that plant its one of the deadliest things on earth, the sap is milked then chemicles are used to produce opium, the opium is then smoked the tar-resin is heroin then thats refinded further with more chemicles to create morphine codien ect. but as a plant no there is no comparison. cannabis is one of the least toxic plants known to man.period. even to much water can kill you, leaves of tomato plants are poison, potatoes raw are deadly if you eat to many, its literally impossible to die from any form of ingesting cannabis. just a few facts.

  2. RICH Beckhoff

    January 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    agree that a significant part of the healing process is giving a patient a better quality of life. This alone the right reasons to use cannabis. Along with of course any of its true medical healing qualities which I am not qualified to answer but believe that there are benefits. But we must absolutely improve on the quality of life people deserve quality of life. I have followed Makayla ever since she had the special on television or YouTube I don’t recall some years back have seen her over these years looking just a fun happy little girl of which I know of this being a father of two girls who are grown now but I can relate the raising little girls in two young ladies and Makayla looks like she is just a fine pretty and vibrant little girl I wish her all the best

  3. Donna

    April 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I am a RN and can understand the use of medical marijuana.Mykayla’s story is very hopeful. As a Pediatric Nurse, I have taken care of many patients with Cancer and their families. The experience is heartbreaking.If I had a child with Cancer, I would try about anything to help save or improve their life.My problem with Marijuana is that people are given cards for fake “problems” and are just using it for recreational purposes.Then, there are people that are truly sick and can’t afford a card or the Marijuana.

    • trentb

      April 12, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Aren’t there plenty of people getting prescribed prescription pills for fake “problems”?
      Aren’t prescription pills killing more people a year then all illegal drugs combined?

    • Bill Clark

      February 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Why does recreational use of cannabis bother you? People without “problems” can’t enjoy their favorite herb? What is the endogenous equivalent to THC?

  4. Michael Miller

    February 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Isn’t it odd that euphoria is considered a bad thing? Feeling good is a bad thing. That damn elated feeling! We can’t have that now can we? Especially if the child is deathly ill. I was talking to my sister about getting oil for our mother with Alzheimer’s and she asked if it would make her high. It concerned her. It all stems from reefer madness and the stupid movies they make in Hollywood (see Dude Where’s my Car & Half Baked). The simple fact is that most simply don’t know how good of a feeling it is. They know what it’s like to be drunk, and I think that many think it’s comparable when it’s not. It’s lightyears better. There’s nothing like it on earth. Besides that, to deprive the kids of the benefits of THC is a mistake. The anticancer properties are key to beating the disease. Absolutely huge. So they get high. They’re not “getting dead”, and they’re actually laughing more and playing more. Wait… isn’t that what kids are supposed to do??!!

    • Kathleen Pfeiffer

      April 12, 2015 at 11:54 am

      I agree totally, and why does it have to be for just deathly sick children, it helps with ADD helps focus, concentrate, and creativity. Why do they think it harms children’s brain growth, where is the study on that, I have known 1000’s of people that are very intelligent that started smoking pre-teen or there of. They where honor rolls in school and played sports

  5. Stan

    February 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I totally agree… The problem with most of the parents is.. They think marijuana is a drug ..

    • Donna

      April 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Marijuana IS a drug. And yes it is natural, but that doesn’t necessarily make it safe. Opiates come from poppies. That’s natural also. My mind has been opening up about the medical uses as I have been educating myself. This story is exciting for potential uses of Marijuana with Cancer and other diseases. I do think that it needs to be regulated.

      • Lynn Kempen

        January 18, 2016 at 11:03 am

        Donna, cannabis is non-toxic.
        It is food; it is medicine.
        Cannabis contains all essential amino acids and fatty acids.

        The psychoactive effects of cannabis can create a feeling of euphoria, but it is technically not intoxicating, as cannabis is not a toxin. It is literally safer than water (as a nurse you know, a person can die from hyperhydration.)

        There is no valid reason to regulate cannabis anymore than you wood a tomato plant. Tomato plants can be toxic, by the way (they are in the nightshade family.) This plant has simply been part of life for humanity for thousands of years. Its prohibition was based on false information and outright lies. We need to restore this miraculous, non-toxic, useful plant to we-the-people, fully.

        Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act will revolutionize our economy, heal our land and our people. I hope you continue educating yourself on the issue of cannabis. Restrictions on quantities benefit no one. Restrictions on the ability to grow it, or extract its healing oils benefits no one. We already have laws that cover impaired driving; if someone is impaired from being under the influence of cannabis, they can be arrested (testing positive alone does not mean one is impaired.) We don’t need a Big Government bureaucracy restricting cannabis so only a select few can benefit from and profit from this miraculous plant.

        • Bill Clark

          February 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm

          Thanks Lynn for trying to enlighten Donna. I am doing the same thing with as much patience I can muster. Your comments are wonderful and to the point- hopefully she comes around.

      • Bill Clark

        February 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        What state do you practice in DOnna?

      • Bill Clark

        February 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

        As respectfully as possible I want to convey to you…..PLEASE educate yourself much much more before you give anyone else advice medically speaking about cannabis and it’s benefits/side effects. Here is link to a course I highly recommend you take (it’s $400) and you will receive 12 CME’s upon copletion !!!! It’s well worth the $400 believe me. Good luck

  6. Elen Freelander

    February 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you! Yours is the first voice I’ve heard raise this question! Absolutely children facing catastrophic illness should be helped to feel as good as they possibly can. Depression does NOT create a healing environment. Furthermore, on this topic of recreational use: what the heck is wrong with it? Isn’t that why we drink alcoholic beverages & sodas, eat dessert, would rather eat something that tastes good than bad, have weekends & vacations, see movies? The hypocricy is stunning. The only recreationally used substance that has never killed anyone is the only one you aren’t allowed to enjoy? Makes no sense.

  7. Lisa

    January 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Children will benefit from the calming effects during these ordeals there is no reason to fear children being relieved of the burden of their cituation. Unkind to back a silly prohibition seeking to withold this alternative.

  8. laura

    January 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    i am a leukemia survivor and i will have to move to get access. legalize it!

  9. Cheryl Main

    January 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Absolutely, YES! Cannabis soothes, inspires and HEALS. It is a gift from God with benefits far beyond any plant ever known to man!

  10. john weiszdorn

    January 18, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I feel EVERYONE should be able to have a good quality of life.free medical cannabis from the GOVERNMENT should be available to ALL AMERICANS . cannabis is SAFER THAN MOST FOOD. it should be prod by our GOVERNMENT not the CARTELS, and sold as food. THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE PATENTS 6630507,and 5538993,among 1500 others, THEY KNOW ITS GOOD FOR YOU, AND IS MEDICINE, THEY SAY SO IN THE PATENT.,AMOMG MANY BOOKS WRITTEN SINCE THE SEVENTIES……MEDICAL CANNABIS CURES CANCER……ECT

    • Bill Clark

      February 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      When you say “it should be prod by our GOVERNMENT” I want to strangle you. So much to learn unfortunately I dont have the time to teach you. Keep seeking the truth and knowledge- 2 very powerful tools.

  11. Desiree Mate

    December 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I myself have never been able to take pain meds as they mess with me bad. So I had an opportunity to use cannabis and without it the pain level would stop me from doing many things.

  12. Mercedes

    December 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    thank you so much for posting this…helpin our country become aware, our chemicals are making sick kids, sicker, and this is something we need to de-criminialize…Thank you

  13. Wilson Dringle

    December 21, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I can’t even handle how adorable this little stoned girl is…

  14. kewin

    December 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    this is right kids should be allowed to get high by the treatment just as we are. and cannabis is not fatal so that is the best choice!

    i would much rather have my kid happy and high and play feeling good than laying in a hospital felling shit throwing up all the time.

    happy and treated is better than unhappy, might die and might be treated

    don’t you agree ?

  15. timm Hyatt

    December 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    It is the manna from heaven for Real

  16. Catrina Coleman

    December 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Of course! And we must legalize it so that research can be done. We must call our Congressmen every day. Imagine if we made phone calls to our elected officials as often as we visited our Facebook pages.

  17. stacie ckark-johnson

    December 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

    My 14 yr old is battling brain cancer and seizures. He takes cannabis oil instead of morphine or methadone. The pharma drugs have horrible side affects, cause a high he hates, and make him have horrible mood swings. Cannabis helps with seizures,pain, appetite and is healing him. We proudly choose cannabis

    • rusry rodriguez

      December 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      I was born with epilepsy and started having seizures and sleep walking when I was a kid if you did not know sleep walking can be a sign of epilepsy I took medicine for seizures most of my life I had three kidney stones from seizure medicine l got to the point that medicine would not stop the seizures so I had brain surgery they cut out my hippocampus and part of my left tempol lob I don’t have seizures anymore I wish I would of had the opportunity to try cannabis before brain surgery

    • Bill Clark

      February 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      YEA STACIE. You made the best choice possible. Good for you and your 14 year old.

  18. Kara

    December 20, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Great article!! I agree with you 100%.

    ~~~mother and survivor

  19. crystal ramos

    December 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I believe they should be allowed point blank !!!. Its the tree of life god gave it and created it for us for a reason. People stop being blind ! marijuana is amazing

  20. David Bieling

    December 20, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I agree completely. Health & well-being come first. Life is short – make it a joyful experience. Cannabis is non-addictive & will not lead to a life of crime or depression (unless one is arrested). The demonization of cannabis by greedy & ignorant officials in America has caused more harm than good.

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