Medical marijuana is a very heated topic of debate in many circles, and some of the discussions are about using it as treatment for children. Is marijuana like alcohol and tobacco, which should only be used by adults? Or should children be allowed to use medical marijuana because of their medical condition? Then again, many believe that oils which are not based on THC aren’t even medical marijuana at all.
What are Non-THC-Based Oils?
Also known as hemp oil, non-THC-based oils come from the cannabis plant. But technically speaking it shouldn’t be called marijuana because it doesn’t contain THC, which is the active ingredient of marijuana that gives the drug its potent high. This oil is derived from a special strain of cannabis called “Charlotte’s Web”, which got its name because it saved the life of a young girl named Charlotte Figi.
Charlotte’s Web contains very little THC at just 0.3 percent. But it contains a greater concentration of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD has shown a lot of promise in alleviating the seizures caused by epilepsy in children. Charlotte Figi suffered from 300 seizures a week because of her Dravet syndrome, which is a form of epilepsy with no known cure. After beginning treatment with CBD oil, the number of seizures dropped to 2 seizures a month.
Despite the many indications that CBD oil can help children with epilepsy, the entire subject matter is still mired in political controversy. The very idea of associating children with cannabis still makes many people uncomfortable. This is especially true of politicians, who are vulnerable from attacks of being “pro-drugs”, which is equivalent to many uneducated people as being “pro-crime”.
As Governor Christie of New Jersey once remarked, “I’m very concerned, if we go down this slope of allowing minors to use this, where does it end?”
Once recent survey, conducted by the University of Michigan, shows that the use of medical marijuana by children is not exactly popular. While 63% of Americans say that medical marijuana should be accessible for adults, only 36% approve of its availability for children.
In the US, science has become politicized, and that’s the harsh reality of it. It’s no wonder that evolution has come under fire from conservative morons, while liberal idiots rail against vaccinations.
But while people may wonder about the intelligence of political figures, there is still hope. In March of 2015, Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, introduced a bill to Congress that plants with less than 0.3% THC would become exempt from the federal Controlled Substances Act. It has attracted bipartisan support, and if it passes then Charlotte’s Web will become a dietary supplement, and therefore outside FDA jurisdiction.
Let’s us all hope, for the sake of all the sick children, that it passes!