Whoopi Goldberg supports treating children with medical marijuana
By Oscar Pascual |
When it comes to safe access to medical marijuana, Whoopi Goldberg is thinking of the children.
As in, making sure the children can get weed.
“When we talk about marijuana and I hear people say, ‘Well, what about the children?’ Yeah, what about the children?” says the comedian and host of TV show “The View” in an upcoming candid interview with High Times, reports the New York Post.
“These parents are being treated like criminals — because, as a last resort and after much research, they’ve decided that cannabis may help their kid,” Goldberg adds.
Her comments might come off as ridiculous to people who picture Nancy Grace’s videos of parents handing joints to toddlers, but Goldberg is referring to the growing number of parents who turn to using medical marijuana to treat their children for cancer, epileptic seizures, and other debilitating illnesses.
These parents aren’t medicating their kids with pot smoke, but rather cannabis oil with high concentrations of its main therapeutic compound cannabidiol (CBD), which has recently been used in alternative pediatric medicine to immense success.
Many children who experience epileptic seizures suffering from Dravet Syndrome have been treated with a certain form of CBD oil derived from a strain called Charlotte’s Web, named after Charlotte Figi, a seven-year-old girl who was the first to be successfully treated by the strain.
CBD oil also has anecdotal evidence of effectively fighting cancer in children, which can be seen in the VICE News segment, “Stoned Kids.” The parents of eight-year-old Mikayla Comstock decided to treat her leukemia with cannabis oil before considering full-body radiation. Six days later, Comstock was in full remission.
The rising number of children receiving medical marijuana treatment has led to a new trend of marijuana refugees — parents who leave their jobs, homes, and family in order to move to states that allow their children to be treated with cannabis oil.
“They know they may face jail time — but these are their kids, and they will do everything they can to bring peace to the convulsions or calm after the chemotherapy,” Goldberg told High Times.
Read Goldberg’s entire interview in the upcoming June 2015 issue of High Times.
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