Report Says Medical Pot For Children Has Limited Use But Needs More Study

As the number of approved medical marijuana patient applications in Arkansas nears 2,000, a new medical journal report released Monday (Oct. 23) says cannabis use may have some medical benefits for young patients needing relief for chemotherapy-induced sickness, but offers little benefit for treatment of other adolescent ailments.

The new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has opposed the legalization of medical marijuana in the U.S., is causing a predictable stir in Arkansas’ medical marijuana community as the Natural State inches closer to joining 28 other states with legal cannabis for patient use.

According to the newly published AAP report, medical cannabinoids may benefit children undergoing chemotherapy and those who have epilepsy, but researchers Shane Shucheng Wong and Timothy Wilens emphasized the need to weigh the risks and benefits of the drug and called for more research on pediatric use.   MORE

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