Medical Marijuana in Pediatric Medicine

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Cannabis can realize its full therapeutic potential only when it is completely legal and people don’t have to go to their doctors to get it. - Dr. Grinspoon

Many physicians, even in California, refrain from approving use of cannabis by patients out of residual fear. Countless others refrain because they learned nothing about cannabis in medical school and cannot knowledgeably advise patients about dosage, side effects, or mechanism of action. This is of course not an acceptable situation, especially in pediatric care, because it is so useful and safe and potentially lifesaving in certain cases.

The stigma associated with “marijuana” presents powerful discouragement to doctors. Inhumane federal laws, which list marijuana on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, the tier reserved for drugs with “no currently accepted medical use,” continue to keep marijuana away from doctors even though everyone knows this is as far away from the truth as anyone can go. The United States government enjoys its cruelty as has been demonstrated by its “war against drugs.”

Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals and also kill cancer cells. Their use in the case of childhood cancer is compassionate.

Marijuana is brimming with healing compounds and doctors 100 years ago understood this simple fact; that was the reason pharmacies always made it available to the public. Iodine and marijuana were principle medicines used in the 19th and very early part of the 20th century. Both were forced from the consciousness of modern physicians who became mentally enslaved to pharmaceutical interests that got doctors more interested in money and poisoning than in helping patients with safe and effective medicines.

Cannabinoids are usually well tolerated, and do not produce the generalized toxic effects of conventional chemotherapies.

Marijuana is an extremely broad acting and universally useful medicine with appropriate application for most disease conditions. Crohn’s disease patients credit the plant with helping reverse their debilitating intestinal disorders, and accredited research suggests its use in dealing with and preventing diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and assorted maladies arising from chronic inflammation. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer and chemical toxicity from drugs and environmental sources thus helping to preserve normal cells.

Not many people or physicians realize how useful or even critical medical marijuana can be in pediatrics – or how it can save many children’s lives. We are talking about serious medicine and the pharmaceutical companies know this and are making synthetic versions of THC, but synthetic copies cannot compete with the real thing in terms of safety and effectiveness.

Knocking on death’s door, 10-year-old Joey Perez was slowly dying. The potpourri of prescription medications he’d consumed since the age of five had damaged his body beyond repair – the side effects were literally killing him. Joey was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. At one point, he was taking six different medications – up to three times a day. As a result of the side effects, Joey became malnourished and was diagnosed with anorexia. Every day, his condition got worse. His eyes were sunken in and you could easily see all the bones in his chest. He was refusing to eat.

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At the end of his allopathic treatments his medical prognosis was high probability of death within six months. Today Joey is thriving and his mother has been on The Good Morning Show to share that the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana saved her son’s life. “Although medical marijuana is not known to be a cure for autism, it has been proven to facilitate ‘life’ for my son and has ushered him into his most progressive developmental period ever.

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12 Months After Marijuana Treatments

Today at age 11, Joey is flourishing with new communicative expressions, he’s gained over 40 lbs, and he’s happier, healthier, better behaved and is more productively active than ever before. Before we began to give him treatments of oral marijuana he was a danger to himself and others. He had suffered from anxiety, OCD, and aggression since an early age. At the age of five, Joey was prescribed the first of many ineffective, harmful medications. The medications he was prescribed at that time worked for about a year but Joey refused to eat and that was the beginning of their story. As a result of the serious side effects, Joey became malnourished and was diagnosed with anorexia. It was the famous marijuana brownies that saved my son’s life and it was the doctors and their pharmaceutical medicines that almost killed him.

“It seems to me if one is going to need to use drugs, one ought to consider a relatively safe drug, like marijuana,” said Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. of the Autism Research Institute. Marijuana, the forbidden medicine, seems to be useful for some people with adult attention deficit disorder, impulse disorders and bipolar disorder. Some families have found marijuana to be nothing short of miraculous. Some of the symptoms marijuana has ameliorated include anxiety – even severe anxiety – aggression, panic disorder, generalized rage, tantrums, property destruction and self-injurious behavior. One mother commenting on using marijuana for her autistic child said, “I know it’s not the end all answer but it’s been the best answer for the longest time for us in regards to ALL the other medications. I cannot tell you how many months we would go on a medication wondering if it was doing anything, anything at all. Here we can see the difference in 30-60 minutes guaranteed.”

Patients report medical marijuana as more therapeutic and better tolerated than other medications.[1]

Dr. Rimland continues saying, “Clearly, medical marijuana is not a drug to be administered lightly. But compare its side effects to the known effects of Risperdal, which include massive weight gain, a dramatically increased risk of diabetes, and an elevated risk of deadly heart problems, as well as a host of other major and minor problems. Other psychotropic drugs are no safer, causing symptoms ranging from debilitating tardive dyskinesia to life-threatening malignant hyperthermia or sudden cardiac arrest. Of all drugs, the psychotropic drugs are among the least useful and most dangerous, and the benefit vs. risk profile of medical marijuana seems fairly benign in comparison.” He continues, “The reports we are seeing from parents indicate that medical marijuana often works when no other treatments, drug or non-drug, have helped.”

Recently, researcher Dr. Ester Fride of the Behavioral Sciences Department of Israel’s College of Judea and Samaria published a pair of scientific papers stating that the brain’s cannabinoid receptors (receptors in the brain that respond pharmacologically to various compounds in cannabis as well as other endogenous compounds) and the naturally occurring messenger molecules that activate and bind to them (so-called endocannabinoids) “are present from the early stages of gestation” and may play “a number of vital roles” in human prenatal and postnatal development.

Writing in Neuroendocrinology Letters and the European Journal of Pharmacology, Fride suggests, “A role for the endocannabinoid system for the human infant is likely.” She notes that in animals, the endogenous cannabinoid system fulfills several important developmental functions, including: embryonal implantation (which requires a temporary and localized reduction in the production of the endocannabinoid anandamide), neural development, neuroprotection, the development of memory and oral-motor skills, and the initiation of suckling in newborns.

A dysfunctional endocannabinoid system, Fride speculates, may be responsible for certain abnormalities in infants, particularly “failure-to-thrive” syndrome, a condition in which newborns fail to properly grow and gain weight. (In animal studies, mice fail to gain weight and die within the first week of life when their cannabinoid receptors are blocked.)

Dr. Fride strongly recommends the use of cannabinoids in pediatric medicine. She notes that “excellent clinical results” have been reported in pediatric oncology and in case studies of children with severe neurological diseases or brain trauma, and suggests that cannabis-derived medicines could also play a role in the treatment of other childhood syndromes, including the pain and gastrointestinal inflammation associated with cystic fibrosis.

Research presented at the International Conference for Autism Research in Montreal in June of 2006 of 275 children found serious intestinal inflammation in autistic children identical to that described by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Gut biopsy tissue from 82 of these children reveals that 85% have evidence of the measles virus in their inflamed intestines. The news is a huge embarrassment for the Department of Health in England, which has unjustly crucified Dr. Wakefield’s research.

Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, a 2007 Harvard Medical School study shows.[2] The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.

Because the development of the cannabinoid receptor system appears to occur gradually over the course of childhood, “children may be less prone to the psychoactive side effects of THC or endocannabinoids than adults,” Fride writes. “Therefore, it is suggested that children may respond positively to the medicinal applications of cannabinoids without [psychoactive] effects.” She concludes, “The medical implications of these novel developments are far reaching and suggest a promising future for cannabinoids in pediatric medicine” for conditions including cachexia (severe weight loss), cystic fibrosis, failure-to-thrive, anorexia, inflammation, and chronic pain.

“It’s clear that the cannabinoid system is essential for complete human development, and that cannabis medicines have a great potential to help sick children,” says University of Southern California professor Mitch Earlywine, author of the book, Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence. “Given the well-established safety of the medication, clinical trials for other disorders, particularly cystic fibrosis and ‘failure-to-thrive,’ seem a humane and essential next step.”

Nausea appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions
of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.
- Institute of Medicine[3]

In test-tube experiments, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. exposed rat nerve cells to a toxin that is typically released during strokes. Cannabidiol reduces the extent of damage researchers reported to the National Academy of Sciences. More effective than vitamins C or E, strong antioxidants such as cannabidiol will neutralize free radicals and so might limit the damage and reduce the severity of ischemic strokes.[4]

Marijuana has remarkably low toxicity and lethal doses in humans have not been described. This is in stark contrast to a number of commonly prescribed medications used for similar purposes, including opiates, anti-emetics, anti-depressants, and muscle relaxants, not to mention legal substances used recreationally including tobacco and alcohol,” writes Dr. Gregory T. Carter, Clinical Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Pharmaceutical companies are for drugging preschoolers with Ritalin even though about 40% of children developed side effects and roughly 11% dropped out because of problems including irritability, weight loss, insomnia and slowed growth. “Preschoolers on methylphenidate, or generic Ritalin, grew about half an inch less and gained about two pounds less than expected during the 70-week study. This is a catastrophe. It just opens up the way for drugging the younger kids,” said Dr. Peter Breggin, a New York psychiatrist and longtime critic of psychiatric drug use in children. Breggin said the research is part of a marketing push by the drug industry to expand drug use to the youngest children.

“I found babies, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds being given mind-altering drugs,” says Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Texas’ state comptroller. Strayhorn conducted a two-year investigation into allegations that foster kids in Texas are over medicated. “Children in foster care in Texas are dying. Children in foster care are being drugged,” Strayhorn says. If we concede that child psychiatrists are not absolutely out of their minds themselves, we can grant that there is a real need for something to calm down these children but certainly to poison them with a very toxic medicine when their brains are still forming is outside the range of medical reason. It is an insane paradigm and a cruel system of government that would keep the safest and most effective drug out of the hands of parents and the most harmful toxic medicines legal – medicines that are addictive and can ruin a child’s entire life.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has urged the government to reverse its ban on medical treatments using marijuana. “ACP encourages the use of non-smoked forms of THC (the main psychoactive element in marijuana) that have proven therapeutic value.” The Philadelphia-based organization, the second largest doctors group in the United States, cited studies into marijuana’s medical applications such as treating severe weight loss associated with illnesses such as AIDS, and treating nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy for cancer patients.[5]

Richard Cowan said, “The suppression of medical cannabis is mass murder, but in the real world it is simply cannabis prohibition itself that assures that tens of millions of people will die sooner and with far greater suffering than would be the case if they had easy access to this plant. Even Saddam Hussein has not caused so much pain and suffering. Cannabis prohibition is indeed a weapon of mass destruction that no government wants to acknowledge.”

The easiest way for doctors to learn about the pharmaceutical dynamics of marijuana is to self-prescribe it for themselves. Firsthand experience is valuable and not dangerous since it is nontoxic, even at high dosages. Marijuana certainly is a mind opener, thus we can understand why the federal government is against it. But in pediatric medicine we have to open our hearts and minds to everything that will help our young charges. This does not come easily to pediatricians who are following the lockstep of the government with their obsession with dangerous vaccines, meaning most pediatricians would have a mental and emotional breakdown if they were to acknowledge the harm they are doing. It is very difficult to use marijuana and maintain one’s rigid mental positions; though not quite a truth serum, it’s close. Again this is another reason the federal government is so much against its mind-moderating ways.


[1] Amtmann D, Weydt P, Johnson KL, Jensen MP, Carter GT. Survey of cannabis use in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2004;21:95-104.

[3] Joy JE, Watson SJ, Benson JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1999.

[4] Science News, Vol. 154, No. 2, July 11, 1998, p. 20.

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  • Sarah Collett

    I have 2 sons with classic autism and my other son and I are likely undiagnosed aspies. My youngest 2 and myself have dealt with the head med roulette with varying outcomes. My youngest was on the minimal dose of risperdal for just under a yr and he now weighs 180+, he is NINE. He was recently tested for fragile x and we’re still waiting for those results.

    I saw a piece about hemp seeds on Katie Couric the other night. They contain all the essential amino acids (our building blocks) which leaves one wondering why this isn’t being shared more like all of big pharma’s newest “discoveries”. Perhaps because they haven’t found a way to get their “royalties” off of something they cant control since we could grow ourselves? Or because monsanto hasn’t had a chance to “modify” it to make us sick and dependent on the next multi-billion dollar superdrug? I’m sorry but smoking a joint now and then has done much more for my depression than antidepressants with their host of side effects including things like anal seepage. Really? (The commercial with the wind up lady) I crack up every time I see it and hear that cuz it makes me think – if I had anal seepage I’m pretty sure that would cause depression!

    A couple thoughts to finish this off…

    Pharmaceutical companies would make how much $ if they really cured all of our medical issues? Y’all really think that’s their desired outcome???

    Inactive ingredients such as thimerosal, aluminum and glycophosphate do have effects on the body and should not be considered “inactive”.

    Inactive or natural does not necessarily mean safe.

    Some of our diets and supplements and the “ingredients” approved by the FDA are poisoning us. Look it up. Sometimes government control of everything should be looked at cautiously…especially when the real money driving those “best for us” decisions comes from those who really want anything but the best for us.

    Bayer started the patenting of all chemicals they could find early in the 1900s. They also funded the Nazis (watch beginning of Cut, Poison, Burn). WW2 had as much to do with creating a “super race” as it was trying to annihilate the Jews. Makes me wonder what some were exposed to prior to the gas chamber.

    The US gave syphilis to black men in their Tuskegee experiment and then tracked its spread, all under the guise of “helping” them. Yes we’ve adopted “good clinical practices” since then to prevent that happening again. Who is to say that they wouldn’t do that to us again? Especially if someone could encourage one to make a bad decision for all of us with the right motivator. Money talks.

    All scientific research at some point requires human trials. Say you want to test something without the documented regulation. Chemical warfare, chem trails, misrepresentation of good/bad outcomes (such as in Erin Brockovich), manipulation/miseducation of our nutrients…just pointing out a few things I’ve noticed to encourage thinking outside the box and using caution in just blindly accepting everything “fed” to us.

    One last thought – I really do believe that most in the medical/pharmaceutical industries really do want the best for us! Most got into that field wanting to help someone they love. I did. I also respect the field and the science and love the mystery of it all. I am amazed by the advances that have been made!! All that said…take it all with a grain of salt…if your doctor permits salt that is ;-)

  • Kimberly Bowman

    THC = “THE HEAVENLY CURE”
    HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA CURED MY MORNING SICKNESS
    & NEARLY SAVED MY LIFE!
    9/9/2011
    By Danielle Kekoa

    I am a 32 year-old, wife and homeschooling mother of five children with baby #6 on the way. With each previous pregnancy my morning sickness got progressively worse and the vomiting more violent throughout the day and night, to the point where the nausea completely immobilized me for nearly 12 weeks straight, but thankfully eased up after the first trimester, so I was expecting this one to let up around that time too. Well, nothing could have prepared me for the never-ending, nine-month nightmare that was ahead in the days to come, continuing on as the unrelenting, excessive nausea and vomiting persisted with no hopeful end in sight. Early on in this pregnancy when the tummy torture continued far beyond three months, I figured out that I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperemesis_gravidarum) and actively searched for a cure. I tried every imaginable natural remedy under the sun (ginger chews, sea bands, preggo pops, herbal supplements designed to soothe stomachaches, B6 & Unisom, ect.) only to find little or no relief. Plus, I really want to know who had the bright idea of creating a cure for nausea in a pill form? Good grief! Anyway, as you can imagine, having five children along with a home to manage full-time, it is not an option for mom to be laid out, curled up in bed all day or profusely bowed down to the porcelain puke bowl. With mom out of commission, my children would undoubtedly suffer from neglect and the home would be a chaotic, miserable place to be.

    My “morning-noon-&-night” sickness was unbearable for everyone in the entire family, especially my poor hard-working hubby who felt completely helpless since he really couldn’t do much to relieve my suffering and the bulk of the burden was placed on him. Smells, tastes and textures were beyond unbearable as I could hardly keep anything down at length. Simple voice vibrations or footsteps on the floor often sent me hurling towards the bathroom and lengthy phone conversations created chaos for my condition from merely talking too much. At night I couldn’t lay down next to my husband in bed (on a memory foam mattress, nonetheless) due to the slightest movement of his presence, nor could I even have a blanket covering my belly because of the tendency to throw-up from the light pressure. Ultimately, I just gave up the hope of having a restful night’s sleep since my body went into breakdown mode every 2-3 hours demanding food and forcing me awake with fierce pain in my abdomen. To avoid this anguish every night I resolved to a 3:00am bedtime or later to minimize the midnight madness which set my whole day in a vicious cycle of sickness. The brutal hunger pains would come on so strong sending me from zero to 60 in an urgent quest to find food or face disaster. The sensitivity in my stomach was so intense that it virtually crippled my ability to walk around my house, go down the stairs, drive my car or do any other minor movement beyond ten steps. Often I threw up blood from the rawness of my throat, until I learned to chew my food better and eventually switched to an essentially liquid diet. The extreme force from the frequent gagging caused me to pull my ribs multiple times, making it even more painful to puke. My poor sweet children who were taking care of me couldn’t even run up and give me a hug because of my inability to be touched for too long. By the end of my pregnancy the enamel on my teeth had been eradicated so much from the acid coming up that a space in-between my two front teeth began to form. The lowest point in which I hit rock bottom was when I slipped on my own vomit and fell flat on my back in a mad dash to the kitchen sink trying to avoid making a mess. Eventually we just scattered trash cans around the house to prevent another accident for when I couldn’t make it in time. The only plus side of this whole pregnancy was that I gained 25 lbs less than I usually do, but I would have easily traded the extra pounds just to feel good and keep food down.

    My family was in turmoil and getting desperate, so desperate that I began to abandon my hope for a “natural” remedy and started seeking Big Pharma for relief even though I distrust their drugs with a passion. I tried a sample of Zofran, but it didn’t do much to help ease my affliction, and the experimental nature and the unknown side-effects of the drug concerned me so I continued to search for alternatives. My interest peaked when my research led to a pharmaceutical product called Marinol (Dronabinol), a widely available anti-nausea prescription drug on the market with the active ingredient of synthetic THC, the compound found in cannabis. Although personal testimonies from patients using this drug claim it’s not as effective, neither has the safety of using Dronabinol during pregnancy been established, it has been esteemed as an effective pill among physicians. So the question in my mind was, if synthetic THC was so great according to the FDA and can help relieve nausea and vomiting, why not just try the real thing?

    Truth be told, I have smoked pot nearly my entire adult life off and on, minus all the years I was pregnant because of the expectation to “be healthy” and refrain from certain substances in fear of harming the unborn baby. Although I did drink caffeine regularly and wine on occasion with no worries, I guess the strong stigma in society that “drugs are bad,” especially during pregnancy, led me to refrain from smoking marijuana on a consistent basis. Of course, most people don’t see a stigma attached when it comes to prescription drugs heavy-laden with harmful chemicals because they are “legal” and given by “doctors” despite the numerous negative side-effects. But for some irrational reason using a natural-grown herb is dangerous and harshly frowned upon in our culture – doesn’t make any sense. Luckily for us, medical marijuana became legal in our state which was a great way for my husband and I to responsibly utilize the benefits of this medicine while finally eliminating the “criminal” element of buying in a back-alley. Plus, being able to purchase from a regulated dispensary provided us with an impressive variety and selection of the finest herbal remedies available on the market which allowed me to experiment in finding the most effective method in treating my specific condition.

    Back tracking a little…Once we first found out the “surprise” of expecting the blessing of baby #6, we soon began to dread the first trimester tribulation of terror, not knowing it would persist nine months all the way till the end. Right off the bat, as my husband saw my suffering and felt so hopeless that he couldn’t make it better for me, he suggested that I smoke a little weed when needed or eat some edible cannabis throughout the day to soothe the sickness. After all the failed attempts from other remedies, I finally gave it a try. Initially, I started to eat the edibles, but this was challenging since the nauseous feeling makes eating undesirable and it often takes up to an hour or so to feel the effects. As the sickness rapidly occurred more intensely, I desperately decided to take a few puffs one evening, despite my hesitation to smoke……And miraculously, much to my great surprise, the nausea disappeared instantaneously within 30 seconds or less. Words cannot express how ecstatic I was to discover the true benefits of THC = The Heavenly Cure. Turns out that I wasn’t alone, as I researched this more I discovered many other expectant moms suffering from extreme nausea and vomiting who found relief in this phenomenal plant as well.

    The next time I saw my midwife (who has 30+ years experience and has delivered over 1,000 babies), I asked what her thoughts were about Zofran and Marinol vs. real THC just to confirm what I already knew. Without hesitation she didn’t approve of the prescription meds, but candidly told me that she often tells her moms to eat a “pot muffin” in the morning to help with nausea, and she also carries other edibles for moms who may need it during labor to help with pain and anxiety before delivery. In addition to that, she suggested that if I needed immediate relief that it would be okay to take a few puffs, but she did lean against too many eating pot brownies because of the high sugar content.

    After getting over the guilt and experiencing tremendous benefits, I began to use THC as needed in various forms with nearly 100% success in relieving the suffering ignited by Hyperemesis Gravidarum, with the only apparent side-effects of being happy, hungry, , hopeful and best of all not hurling my guts out every hour – it was heaven sent, indeed!

    My children noticed instant improvement in my mood, appearance and demeanor, and they all were thrilled to have mommy in a “happy” mood, as was my dear hubby. He has been so amazing through this process and undoubtedly was overjoyed to see me revitalized and functioning. One of my daughters even made a comment one morning shortly after my “magic muffin” kicked in saying, “Wow mommy, you look so much better, I can tell because you’re moving around and you’re smiling.” So throughout each trying trimester I consumed this natural grown herb that worked in miraculous ways for me. For the most part I was able to manage my illness well enough with a strict eating schedule (small bites every 2 hours even through the night), a high protein diet combined with eating my mini “magic muffins” made with “hash infusion oil” for long-term (2-3 hour) relief, taking cannabis tincture and smoking in-between for immediate action. This was effective enough to reduce my vomiting to once a day allowing me to hold down enough food and nutrition so I wouldn’t lose too much weight and could function semi-normally with the occasional “hard day” where I struggled to maintain. On the nights I was able to get some rest, it worked well as a sleep aid and at times the effectiveness allowed me to attend social events with friends and family as long as the time was strictly limited.

    Unfortunately, at 32 weeks my condition rapidly spiraled downward one day as I apparently got bacterial pneumonia (probably from having my face in the toilet all the time), and couldn’t get my vomiting under control for the life of me. I was pale and ready to pass out, headed towards virtual collapse when my husband walked in the room to find me hunched over a trash can in dire condition then he made the split decision to rush me to the hospital. The excessive loss of fluids caused my body to go into shock and pre-term labor requiring me to be on an IV and strictly monitored until my condition stabilized. Of course all the constant commotion, poking and prodding because my veins were drained, the rapid contractions, lack of food and my medicine, along with the nice-n-tight fetal monitor elastic bands strapped around my belly only aggravated my sickness even more. I needed to eat, but I couldn’t even keep a tiny bite jello or apple sauce down and the cafeteria food resembled prison waste, or at least it seemed that way as it rapidly returned to the toilet bowl.

    Since improvement was grim, my fluids and potassium levels were dangerously low, blood tests still had to be done and I needed to be on antibiotics, I was admitted through the night in an effort to give modern medicine a try to help me recover. That’s when the real nightmare began as the next 48 hours would prove to be the single most traumatizing and torturous event in my life. It was the time when I learned that the hospital is no place for sick people to be comfortable, rather it’s a place that makes you want to die. The anguish worsened especially through the darkness of night, alone as I watched the clock slowly ticked by under the cold florescent light, accompanied with the hourly intrusion from the nurses bathed in whore house perfume coming in to stab me with more needles.

    All I could do was drink buckets of water, only to have buckets of water come right back up, and uncontrollable buckets of tears flowed down as the excruciating pain and desolation took control of my soul. The only solution the staff had to offer was some saltine crackers and to pump me full of the maximum doses they would legally allow of the anti-nausea meds, Zofran and Phenergan, but it barely helped take the edge off my misery. The vicious round-the clock vomiting continued without ceasing and so profusely I was ready to beg for a c-section, risking the pre-term health of my baby just to end the insanity of the agony I was in. I truly felt like I wanted to die, while my worried husband was at the house alone with our five children preparing to tell them that mommy wasn’t coming home. Well, I didn’t know what the outcome would be, but I knew for certain I was not going to stay another night in that sterile living hell of a hospital cell.

    By sunrise the third day I was finally able to compose myself enough to eat some runny cream of wheat cereal and keep it down long enough to have an urgent word with the doctor (who was already aware of my medical marijuana use) about going home. I became even more desperate to take matters in my own hands when the nurses blew out all my veins and couldn’t get another IV in my arm to replenish the magnesium levels needed for discharge. They told me I would have to be admitted another night unless I could swallow two vitamins which seemed hopelessly impossible after the dreadful night I just had, but I had to at least try. When the doctor arrived I told it to her straight about how my morning routine works by taking a bite of my “magic muffin” before getting out of bed so my stomach could be settled long enough for me move around and manage my sickness throughout the day. I told her I had one in my purse and if I had any hope of swallowing those pills and getting home, I needed to eat it. Knowing the medicinal benefits of cannabis, she agreed off the record to let me take it, but not before stressing the hospital policy that they cannot prescribe medical marijuana nor allow patients to take medicine from home. So officially the doctor said “no” while nodding her head “yes” saying that she wasn’t going to go through my purse or look back as she left the room so I could do what was necessary for me to recover. Her approval gave me comfort, even though I wasn’t going to comply if she refused to agree. Since the cocktail of anti-nausea meds maxed out and failed miserably, I was going to eat my muffin regardless of what the hospital staff had to say, so I took a bite and eagerly waited for it to take effect. Much to my expectation, within 30 minutes my desperate need for relief became a reality, I was revived back to health and my life felt restored. Next, I ordered some soup for lunch, took those stupid vitamins, kept them down and was up and about moving, smiling, showering and singing praises that I felt so fantastic.

    That night I went home and rejoiced with my family about my rapid recovery and we all celebrated as hope and health were restored. I maintained my marijuana regiment, ordered pizza, ate an entire piece without incident, and was able to keep food down for three whole days before my tummy became upset again. From that point on, I was able to manage my condition to where my days were bearable enough to keep me out of the hospital and allowed me to carry my healthy baby boy to term and deliver him in the comforts of our home with my midwife where we planned for his birth.

    From the extensive research I found, smoking cannabis, using it as a tincture or eating edibles while pregnant has little to no detectable negative effect on an unborn baby, although studies are not conclusive, concerns in the medical establishment are not high in the slightest. What we do know for sure is that that malnutrition, excessive weight loss, dehydration and hospitalization are definitely not good for the mom-to-be or a developing baby in the womb which is why medical intervention of some kind is absolutely necessary for survival. While most pharmaceuticals are often risky and experimental at best, the facts remain consistent throughout the dawn of civilization that THC has tremendous positive effects for relieving chronic nausea and vomiting, and I strongly recommend it for pregnant women (and others) who are desperately in need of finding a cure or at least short-term relief.

    Predictably, medical marijuana during pregnancy is still a subject surrounded by a lot of controversy and criticism, especially in certain circles of people, but for me personally, it has allowed me to manage my condition enough to fully endure and survive my pregnancy, and be the kind of joyful, caring, attentive wife and mother my family needs and deserves (with strict limitations on my mobility, of course). My husband and I are thankful that having Hyperemesis Gravidarum happened on baby #6 as this experience has been enough horrendous hardship for us to call it quits, get fixed and definitely make this our last child. My only regret is that I didn’t discover this morning sickness “miracle herb” sooner, but I am committed to raising awareness and helping other expectant mothers who are seeking the truth in healthy, alternative and extremely effective remedies to relieve their pain provoked by pregnancy.

    • Kimberly Bowman

      By the way, the baby was born full-term and weighing 8 lbs. Mom is doing good!

      • https://www.facebook.com/HPPDCM?ref=tn_tnmn Colorado Fool

        Turns out she is smoking weed while breast feeding newborn. She is an addict and should have her children removed from her care.

  • http://www.fhwcc.org/ Albert

    Greet post !! Thanks Dr. Marks for this information

  • Tiza

    It seems that they want control of everything. For one thing, I think marijuana should be given to those who are ill. It’s just stupid. Instead they get all these ridiculous medicines that are so chemical that they are are of little help.

    Medicine is what helped kill my mother-in-law that I loved very much. She had arthritis and high blood pressure, and one of the medications they gave her ate holes in her kidneys causing her to have a severe stroke. The doctor had her taking tons of medicine. And her doctor told her to make sure that you don’t eat any salt whatsoever. So she was severely sodium depleted, which made it worse.

    Honestly, if we had known, she should have had magnesium. Didn’t know that then. Plus she shouldn’t have had all of those stupid medicines that killed her.

    Sorry, don’t mean to carry on so.

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    Thank you Dr. Sircus for this compassion evoking article. Many of us have watched our children suffer on Ritalin, and other toxic substances, not knowing what else we can do to help them. My mother died hard from lung cancer. She could have been helped.
    Thank you for taking the risks to get this information out.

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  • http://www.tinyurl.com/righttotravel stupidamerkin

    More money, control and power to keep this illegal regardless of the benefits for those who need this option. What ever happen to our right to pursue happiness. Oh, I forgot. That dam piece of paper doesn’t mean anything anymore.

    Am I in the Twilight Zone?

  • Lynnice

    Again I can help. Since I am a 30year legal user. Regarding dosage here is what they gave to us. should anyone be interested in this information PLEASE contact me at drrevlynn@aol.com I would be happy to speak out or help. Regarding the comment in the article regarding stigma this is true. Even though it is my “life saving medicine” people still look at me who do not know me as a druggie. Far from it. I do not smoke with others, no parties here… I do not buy on the street I grow my own it is safer and good medcine to put your hands in the dirt and watch life grow especially when you have cancer. They gave us control… the ones who want to take it away… Note this comment in the article… “ACP encourages the use of non-smoked forms of THC (the main psychoactive element in marijuana) that have proven therapeutic value.” I want to testify that all the kids in those studies I was in that used these “imposter pills” DIED! No kidding. Those who smoked or ate in my case both “LIVED” it is the whole herb as one unit that does this not it broken apart into a couple chemicals that does the trick. God made it perfect just the way it is, Did not God say there would be no likeness, did he not say imposters to his medicine would either not work or hurt you… Modren medcine cannot even cure a common cold. Canna can and headaches, cancer, nausa and so much more. Your brain secerts cannabinoids… most to all of them see my website and my 30 years of study on this topic. Did God not say “imposters to his medcine could hurt you”… do we not see vaccine injury? Do we not see people die from taking modern medcine? Do we not see medcine adversion or allergies? Guess God told the truth. I learned so much when I died and still today stand in awe of Gods miracles. Lynnice

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      WHERE HEMP HEALS N’ MARIJUANA IS MEDICINE INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lynnice

    I can testify to this first hand. I am most likely one of hte longest legal cannabis user for cancer. In Iowa a law was written in 1979 for 5 children dieing of cancer. I was the youngest of the 5 children. It saved my life now 6 times and working currently on the 7th. Yes, right at this very moment I again have my 7th cancer and am “Curing it” using cannabis and a few other “Natural” things. They have known for at least 30 years in modern medicine. (I was a University of Iowa cannabis guinea pig) I must say I was not happy about it at first but today still stand amazed! I could go on but it is just my story. Blessings and good grief senators and congressman/women… grow some b*lls for a change you know it is the truth… by God after our study in 1980 you patented cannabinoids because of the “Proof”… Not sure how you can actually get away with that… after all it was God’s medicine and was to be given by the Kohen and Priests/ministers… actualllyyyyyy it was not to be given by the doctors (back then were called “witches” in the time of John the Baptist…” check it out… it is the truth… It would BEHOVE the government to give back to the people the cannabis “Gods real medicine” before he gets here… since we were suppose to be annoited with it… sure he will not be to happy with you all for taking it away, making it illegal, or keeping it from the sick, the ill children, our disabled elderly…. God wanted the mourning and suffering eased… by what “HE” gave us… have you not learned over the past 30 years enough to know when the hand of God resides there… Let his medicine and people go… before God opens a can of whoop behind on you for each of their deaths from the lack there of… I feel sorry for them each of them as I have been legal since I was just 18 I mean not many months after my birthday. I was the last child added to the studies back then.

    I look at each of these faces and remember all the children who’s beds were empty. How many more will die at teh hand of ignorance. So sad. I will tell my story now. I cannot bare to see one more child die for nothing…. this is simply crazy, because it is not that they do nto know, they just do not want you to… where is the money in that treatment… May each of you dear lovely people who have cancer know this, I will pray for you each night and everyday until they make this legal that God places you in his loveing hands and keeps you, as he did me when I was 14 and died on the operating table and met him. Please know God DOES exisit, and he listens. Be blessed. Lynnice

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    Thank you Dr. Sircus for this compassion evoking article. Many of us have watched our children suffer on Ritalin, and other toxic substances, not knowing what else we can do to help them. My mother died hard from lung cancer. She could have been helped.
    Thank you for taking the risks to get this information out.

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      And by the way, I heavily syndicated this post to many social bookmarking sites.
      Thank you.
      Carolyn

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