Do You Support 7 Year-Old Mykayla Comstock’s Marijuana Treatment?

2 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

By the time you are old enough to read and truly understand the relevance of this letter, I have a feeling it will be a lot less of a hot topic than it is as I’m writing it.

Right now in Oregon there is a 7 year-old little girl named Mykayla Comstock who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her mother has endorsed treating her with medical marijuana.

There are people who are concerned by this. After all, how can we truly know the long-term effects of medical marijuana on a child when the quasi-illegal plant has only been tested on adults?

Interestingly, the treatment is evidently helping her.

By default, Mykayla’s treatment is truly serving as somewhat of a history-making medical experiment for the world to see. That’s why I find this story so fascinating and captivating. 

Do I personally support 7 year-old Mykayla Comstock’s medical marijuana treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Absolutely, just as I would if you were in her shoes.

However, it’s only fair to point out that I myself have no personal experience whatsoever with marijuana, so that limits my knowledge and authority on the issue.

I assume that Mykayla’s story is challenging to some parents. If knowing there was a chance that using a quasi-illegal medicinal plant could improve the quality of life for a child who is sick, is it worth the risk? And by the way, what are the risks?

Granted, parents should talk to their doctors about this issue if they are concerned, as many children need antibiotics and other medicines.

As for Mykayla’s mother, she is choosing alternative medicine to try to help her daughter.






Note: This is an opinion piece of the author and does not reflect Parents magazine or the medical establishment. This post has been updated from its original.


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  1. by GothicProphet

    On February 8, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I’ve seen Mykayla not long after a chemo session that was relieved by her medicine and absolutely support her and her family for doing whatever they can to beat cancer.

  2. by Ben Dronkers

    On February 8, 2013 at 6:29 am

    i am 63 and see and feel the wonders of this god given plant

  3. by Susan

    On February 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Yes I totally support it. I don’t see how people could even question it! I hardly think she’s toking down on a bong and sitting around watching “The Wall.” There are proven medical benefits, and they far outweigh any risks, as you’ve clearly shown.

  4. by Kim

    On February 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I don`t support legalizing marajuana, or giving it to kids. I`ve seen what daily exposure does to peoples brains. At the same time? Its friggin` cancer. You do what you need to do. If it lets that kiddo have a semblance of childhood, than by all means. It is certianly not more dangerous than the chemo, drugs, and everything else doctors have tried.

  5. by BraveMomma

    On February 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Great Blog!!! Thank you.

    Cannabis is medicine… and I am glad to see that so many have uncovered the truth!