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7-Year-Old's Medicinal Marijuana Use Ignites National Debate

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Seven-year-old Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with with leukemia last spring. To deal with the side effects of her chemotherapy, her mom treats her with cannabis oil.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 9:17 am

Phyllis P (237)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 9:20 am
Medicinal marijuana is legal in Oregon, and there’s no age limit associated with its use.

Mykayla’s mother told The Oregonian once she found out her child had the disease, she knew she would treat her with marijuana.

“‘I felt like I was gonna lose my child at that point,” Erin Purchase told the newspaper. “I knew I would do whatever it took to save her life.”

The story gained national attention after Mykayla’s father lodged a complaint with the state over the treatment, saying it doesn’t help to have the child “stoned out of her mind.”

The child, however, agrees with her mother. Mykayla says chemotherapy makes her feel awful.

Phyllis P (237)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 9:26 am
I can't seem to circulate the story, from my work computer. Please help get this out.

Les M (3)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 9:51 am
obviously the father needs to research the topic. he's stressing out mykayla and that's the last thing she needs right now.

Barb K (1688)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 4:44 pm
Ditto! Les! My thoughts exactly! Thnx Phyllis, I'll fwd for you!!

. (0)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 6:25 pm
Chemotherapy makes everyone sick little one and sometimes it doesn't work at all.

. (7)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 6:46 pm
If it stops the nausea and gives her an appetite I don't see anything wrong with the mdeical maraijuana oil. It would only be used during chemo.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 7:27 pm

Henriette M (154)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 7:36 pm
Marijuana is God's medicine for humanity. Legalize it to help people with pains. Thanks Phyllis.

Michael Carney (217)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 11:07 pm
It's a travesty that it's illegal in the first place...

. (1)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 12:01 am
Noted. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 12:09 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:48 am
There are probably so many good uses of marijuana that it's time people and governments stopped being so closed minded about its use.

P A (117)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 2:13 am
Goodness me - isn't that poor child ill enough already that the father has to make matters worse - the child says that it is helping her - shouldn't he listen? Or is that one of the reasons they divorced in the first place?!

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 3:20 am
Thanks Phyllis for getting this out. This poor child is sick enough, and if marijuana, which has been proven to help people undergoing chemotherapy, can help help her, make the treatment easier for her, and help her feel better, it's can only be a good thing no matter what her age. The father needs to put the well-being of his daughter first.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:28 am
Great article, if marijuana could be also a good treatment so why we couldn't use it? Especially using by people during chemotherapy.

Constance F (418)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 8:43 am
Ditto Les, Michael, Carmen, etc. But it's ok to give her high powered drugs with serious side effects. Swoon.

. (0)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:19 am
Marijuana should have been legalized ions ago as it has shown to help with many symptoms. Why let anyone suffer -let alone a child.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:32 am
Marijuana was a plant given to us by creation, it is natural. What is un-natural is the laws that mankind makes to surround the natural world we live in. All indigeneous understood that plants were medicine. The more "civilized" the humans become, the more stupid they get.

. (0)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:41 am
Sorry-thanks Phyllis for the post and Henriette for the fwd

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:44 am
I 100 % agree with the use of marijuana for legitimate medical uses- like nausea from chemo or painful cancer/ arthritis. (yes, maybe it shouldn't be illegal for any use, but that's a different forum!) The poor child is getting some relief, so there should be no controversy.

Melania Padilla (122)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:44 am

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:44 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

Kathleen B (37)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:50 am
I agree l00% with Dandelion. For the father to handle this the way he did is deplorable. Couldn't find it in his heart to act compassionately and try to work it out before calling in authorities, who let's face it, are notorious for bungling child welfare cases.

The child has a prescription, the child states the medication helps with her nausea & ability to eat, it is legal in the child's state. If Dad has best interests of his daughter at heart he should bow out gracefully & apologize, or does he prefer that his daughter suffer unnecessarily?

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 9:54 am
"The more "civilized" the humans become, the more stupid they get. " I agree dandelion but I would also add that gr$$d and control over our health care, via the FDA, drug companies, insurance groups etc. has also brought US to a place where common sense has no forum..

Then there's the Illegal drug treaty "We" signed onto. If we Americans are not more vigilant we will lose control over every aspect of our lives and the Constitution that's being bastardized at every turn..

Both party's play Russian Roulette with every aspect of American lives. We have a great deal more to accomplish if we're to get back the rights that "We" lost in the last 30 years, that's for sure....

ilja c (48)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 11:53 am
Mother will do ultimate action to protect child.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 12:05 pm
noted thnx

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:09 pm
Thx Phyllis and Henriette. Since Oregon has not banned the use I trust the mother will do what is right and good for her child. I agree with Kit regarding the father, that's just his desparate way, likely in full knowledge that the cannabis oil WILL HELP their child.

Dorothy N (63)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:17 pm
It's just fine for Big Pharma to push damaging drugs, including speed, on children, but I suppose Big Pharma doesn't make much, or perhaps even no, money on cannabis oil... and has little/no interest in easing the sufferings of a sick child, or this would be a supported use, no nonesense.

The following includes an example of a child, started on Ritalin - speed - at the age of 7, who died of heart damage as a result, 7 years later.

The Ritalin Drug and its Side Effects
Whenever the term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is mentioned, the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is a drug that is officially called Methylphenidate, but is more commonly referred to as Ritalin.

Most people know Ritalin is prescribed for ADHD, and they most likely know at least one person who is currently taking it. However, in the 1960s, Ritalin and many other amphetamines were recognized as abusive substances, so many new controls were introduced to monitor the prescribing of these drugs more closely. Despite these new restrictions, the abuse and over-prescribing of Ritalin has re-emerged from the shadows.

One way the over-prescribing of Ritalin has emerged is its constant use for treating ADHD in children and adolescents. ADHD is a behavioral disorder and generally infects boys between the ages of six and fourteen. Data shows that 10-12% of all boys in this range are taking Ritalin for the treatment of diagnosed ADHD.

Since 1990, the number of people taking Ritalin has increased by 500%. As of now, the United States has the highest level of Ritalin use and production. Canada uses just under half of what the U.S. uses of Ritalin and no other countries have come close. 7-10% of the U.S.’s boys are on this drug, which is an overwhelming number compared to other countries around the world. As a result of this, the government makes over $450 million annually in profits from Ritalin sales.

Despite the high demand for Ritalin and similar drugs, suitable alternatives on the market are proven safer for the body and still manage to have a Ritalin-like effect without the stimulant.

Flavay, for example, is an all natural substance proven to improve memory and concentration, which is the general goal of Ritalin.

Researchers have found that despite the over-prescribing of Ritalin, the drug is not entirely necessary. While Ritalin is a beneficial drug for some ADHD sufferers, it can be addictive and harmful for others, showing the same effects as speed and cocaine.

The major problem with Ritalin, is how much of it is prescribed throughout the country. Many doctors and parents use Ritalin as a "quick fix" for their child’s hyperactivity or so-called ADHD, with which the child may not even be infected.

It can be inferred that doctors and parents often rush into the diagnosis of ADHD just to say that the problem has been identified and by prescribing Ritalin, the child is receiving adequate treatment. However, this is not always the case.

Ritalin is an amphetamine, or a stimulant which is supposed to calm the patient and make them less jumpy and allow them to concentrate easier. What some fail to realize is that Ritalin is a legal form of “speed.” Speed causes people to feel anxious, confident, and aggressive, to talk excessively and take more risks than normal.

Ritalin has this same effect; it can also cause aggression, over-confidence, and at times draw people over the edge. Furthermore, prescribing Ritalin for ADHD, a disorder which in itself causes anxiousness and aggressiveness, would quite possibly make the situation worse.

Amphetamines are highly addictive substances, which is what led to Ritalin’s high level of abuse in the U.S. If subjects take the drug long enough, they may develop an addiction to it. The most common form of Ritalin abuse is to crush the pills and snort the powder. This has greatly increased the illegal trafficking of the drug and led to more abuse.

When a family has Ritalin in the house, it makes it easier for a member of that family to gain access to it and become addicted. Because Ritalin is a stimulant, it will make a person feel good, and as humans, we naturally want more of what brings us good feelings. The drug is successful in convincing people's minds that they are happier when they take Ritalin, and that it’s okay to abuse it.

A more startling effect of Ritalin is heart failure and sometimes death. One boy died at the age of fourteen due to heart failure caused by Ritalin. The official cause of death was the long-term use of Ritalin, which for this boy was 7 years. It significantly damaged the blood vessels in his heart and caused his heart to deteriorate and eventually fail. This boy also had no heart condition at all before he began taking Ritalin.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 2:00 pm
I am speehless

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 2:22 pm
I dont care what that 7 year old needs to take or do to make herself feel better after chemo or any cancer treatment she SHOULD be allowed to do it! Its shameful to take away something that obviously makes her feel better i took care of both my mother who had stomache cancer and my mother in law who had colon cancer both were severely sick and if eating dog poo wouldve made them feel any better they wouldve let her have the marijuana

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 2:23 pm
so sorry forgoyt to thank sweet barbcat for forwarding this to me and thank Phyllis for posting great article

Athanasia M (25)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 3:57 pm
Thanks for the article which shows clearly that all the plants that can work to make our health better should be in the first line of treatment and not condemned by laws that clearly have been invented to support all the drug companies of this world!

Mary T (178)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 5:17 pm
Marijuana should be legal to use for a lot of different reasons, The drug companies want to push all these bad drugs on us when most of the time they do not work, If the Pot helps this young girl what is wrong with it.

James Merit (144)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:50 pm
Thank you for sharing this article. I agree - shame on the father, thank goodness for her mother and Bless Makayla during her fight.

James Merit (144)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:54 pm
Oops - Bless 'Mykayla' during her fight.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:50 am
Poor child, this should not be happening, no kid deserves to suffer.

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:08 am
i was going to post of this weeks ago but blew it off. from what I gather/read, the oil, "phoenix tears" put her in remission either days or weeks after use. and soon "was cured". you can also out this oil on skin cancer and it clears up in days. and some people treat their aids with it.

so, from what i read on her FB. she is "cured" but the government is making them still give her chemo even though she dosen't need it.

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:10 am
they would perfer to use the cannibis oil only. as it workd for other people.

Lone W (1428)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:00 am

LaTonya White (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:06 am
I personally see nothing wrong with the fact that if there is a natural plant which can be use to help an individual who is going though pain, be relieved of pain wrong. I see that as a plus, and the only reason why the government would step its two cents in and start complaining is because they cannot make a profit out of it. It is sad to know that everything on this green earth the government wants to make a profit out of....If it helps an individual and saves a life then I think the process should not only succeed in one state but in all states. There will always be crime no matter what drug is invented, or used, it is just the precaution of society to remember to take the necessary steps to prevent negativity from taking place, and always use in a positive manner. Remember that there are people sick all over this world, and since the government is tired of spending money to help people, then let another process which can help someone follow through.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:28 pm
Shared this on Facebook.
I personally do not have a problem with this situation!!!
I pray this child gets completely healed!!!

Marie W (67)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:22 pm
Get the facts straight. Cannabis oil is not a joint. Is it a derivative of Marijuana.
And if pressed to the wall with a gun any oncologist will admit chemotherapy will kill you faster and more horribly than the cancer.
Father is stupid and a jerk.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:29 pm
I honestly do not know enough about it to say. I agree with medical cannabis for adults.
I do not know enough about the side effects on children.
I'm going to assume the father is just a worried father who cares.
I do know that my niece was diagnosed with leukemia at two years old. With a lot of TLC and prayers,, she pulled through. Children today with this have a higher average of recovery rate. I personally would not treat a child with cannabis.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:36 am

Roopak Vaidya (31)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:05 pm
Is the father upset because of the marijuana or because his daughter has leukaemia? It's not clear from the article.

S G (29)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:25 pm

Susanne R (235)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:15 pm
I would never deprive a loved one of a natural product that would make them feel better while going through very painful treatments for a very tragic illness. It would be insane to do otherwise! Perhaps if it weren't for the alcohol industry, marijuana would not be classified as an "illegal drug." Let's get our priorities straight!

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:53 am
The side effects of chemotherapy can be quite horrible. It would be hard for a mother to see her child suffering and not want to help. In this case I don't see a problem with the mj oil if the little girl gets some relief and is more able to eat..

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:58 am
no no no no
I read she uses the cannibis oil FOR treatment. the govrenment will take her away from the family for negelect and abuse if her family dosen't put her though chemo.
it's the law.

she is cured from it
they are just killing her with mandatory chemo and the family cannot run away to another country where they can medicate her as they wish.

the oil cured her cancer within weeks.

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 1:16 pm
Noted, thanks Phyllis.
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