Like many cancer patients, Mykayla Comstock takes medical marijuana to ease the often intense side effects of chemotherapy. But unlike other patients, Mykayla is a 7-year-old with leukemia.
Her mom Erin Purchase says the pills pushed Mykayla into remission, seemed to boost her appetite and decreased the nausea from her chemotherapy treatments. “It helps me eat and sleep,” Mykayla told the Oregonian.
But her father doesn’t agree, and some doctors and researchers say they’re worried about the effect medical marijuana could have on a developing child.
What do you think? Should seriously ill young children be given medical marijuana?
Chemotherapy kills your cells, and eventually you. They just stop before it does. Pot doesn’t do that. For that, I feel like the father is an asshole who is putting what he thinks about pot before what is best for his child. Chemo (aside from killing your cells, which guess how good that probably feels?) often severely reduces (or even erases) people’s appetite, which will make them weak.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be getting gradually weaker as they pump poison chemicals into my body.
I preface almost everything I say about marijuana with this: I do not use it at all. I have no interest whatsoever in using it and I can’t see that ever changing. But if I were a cancer patient getting chemotherapy, you bet your ass I would be on pot pills for the nausea and lack of appetite. The dangerous substance you are putting in yourself is the one that is killing your tumor cells, not the one making you eat.
If they are so worried whether it will hinder her development, they should consider the alternative: if she gets too weak from the chemo, they have to stop it. Then the cancer recovers. Let your kid eat, asshole.
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