Medical marijuana can help children with seizures and chemotherapy nausea, study finds

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Further research suggests that medical marijuana can help kids with certain ailments.

A study recently published in the medical journal Pediatrics found strong evidence that cannabis can help treat children with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, with increasing evidence of benefit for epilepsy, reports Healthline.

Experts conducted a meta-analysis of 22 relevant studies with a total of 795 patients to find that administering marijuana’s psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) relieved symptoms of nausea and vomiting for young chemotherapy patients.

“The academy’s guidelines also recognizes cannabis may be an option for debilitating conditions, which includes seizures from epilepsy conditions,” said lead author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong of Harvard’s department of psychiatry.

The newly published study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reinforces several past cases of children who have found relief using pot. A few of which were profiled in Viceland’s documentary news series, “Weediquette.”

The authors concede, however, that they found little benefit for…

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