Medical Marijuana For Children

Medical marijuana to treat childhood diseases and mental disorders in childrenIn recent years, the medicinal use of marijuana has begun to expand throughout the world due to the benefits it provides for the treatment of some pathology. In this regard, a study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that one of its components prevents early neuronal death and lengthens the life of brain cells, thus avoiding degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or dementia. Other research published in the American Journal of Medicine revealed that its medicinal use could reduce blood glucose levels and prevent the onset of obesity and diabetes.

Likewise, it has been shown that some components of marijuana have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are very effective in treating pain and various autoimmune diseases.

In fact, some studies have revealed that it could also be instrumental in fighting tumors.Although the Food and Drug Administration of the United States has not recognized it as medicine since

to do so it would require several rigorous and widespread clinical trials, which until now have not been carried out, the truth is that several scientific studies have demonstrated its effectiveness

in the treatment of some pathologies. In fact, in several states of the United States, its medicinal consumption has been legalized, and it has even begun to be used in children to alleviate multiple ailments.

The Benefits Of Marijuana For Children

The use of medical marijuana in children is relatively recent, but it is already bearing fruit. Everything is due to cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol, which is the main component of the plant and which,

unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, does not have psychoactive properties. It is a chemical compound that has different effects on the body: it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties while

playing an essential role in the regulation of pleasure, memory, concentration, motor skills and senses.A study recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that

regular consumption of cannabidiol for medical purposes can reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures in children with severe epilepsy who do not respond to other treatments. To arrive at these

results, the researchers administered cannabidiol orally to 137 patients for three months, in that period 6%, that is 12 participants, had to abandon the treatment due to the side effects of the medication.

However, in the rest of the patients, the seizures were reduced by approximately 54%.Other research in animals has found that the consumption of marijuana extract also helps destroy some cancer cells,

delays the growth of others and reduces the size of tumors, especially of the brain. Also, two studies conducted at the University of New York and the University of California in San Francisco are

monitoring 125 children with Dravet syndrome who have undergone a marijuana-based treatment and, although they still have no definitive conclusions, researchers believe that these small could benefit

from the consumption of the plant and experience a significant reduction in their symptoms.Its benefits are also being tested to treat some childhood diseases of autoimmune origin, as well as others of genetic background such as autism, Tourette's syndrome or the fragile X chromosome.

Can All Children Benefit From Marijuana Treatment?

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that marijuana treatment is limited exclusively to children who have life-threatening or limiting illnesses, for which there is no other successful therapy. In the United States, many children have begun to benefit from its effects, but in Spain, the prescription of marijuana treatment is still subject to strict control since it is only used to treat multiple sclerosis. Hence, at least 300 families are medicating their children illegally with cannabidiol to alleviate their various symptoms, according to Dosemociones.

Marijuana: Working With Young People

The Instruction and Standards Support Team of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has worked with teachers throughout the state to develop the Instructional Sample Units on Comprehensive Health Education. These sample units are related to substance abuse prevention standards. Check this page frequently, as new resources for teachers are often added.Also, the Colorado Department of Education has a page with resources and material on substance abuse and marijuana.