Medical Cannabis May Be Crucial for Mothers

Medical CannabisThe use of medical cannabis is growing in the U.S. and more often it is shown that it may be crucial for mothers. All around the country, mothers are fighting for a medical cannabis program for the state they live in, in the hope to save their child’s life.

Medical cannabis is legal in 20 states and has become a hot topic for states where medical cannabis is still illegal. It is shown to improve the effects of a number of conditions and diseases, including epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, cancer, HIV/AIDS and chronic pains. While many children in the U.S. suffer from illnesses, it is their mothers who are fighting hardest to get medical cannabis through in their state.

In Pennsylvania, Heather Shuker is becoming more desperate every day. Her daughter, Hannah, was a healthy girl only four years ago, until she became an epilepsy patient. The family’s life changed and with Hannah suffering from hundreds of seizures, Heather is begging for a medical cannabis program in Pennsylvania. At a recent hearing on medical cannabis at the Capitol, Heather was scheduled to give a speech about why she supports medical cannabis, but her daughter’s illness stood in the way. Heather explains Hannah had a severe seizure before the hearing and the family rushed to the hospital. “She had 30 seizures in total on that day. It was the worst I have ever seen Hannah and I thought that may be the day that she died,” Heather explained. Although family and friends have advised the family to move to another state, where medical cannabis is legal, Heather believes she must fight for her daughter as well as for other families who are in need of medical cannabis.

Another mother in Pennsylvania, who medical cannabis may be crucial for, believes she might not be able to tell her story soon, if medical cannabis continues to be illegal in the state. Deena Kenney’s 17-year old son suffers from seizures; however, the medication that is given to him, called Onfi, makes him uncontrollably violent. The severance of his violence is becoming worse and Deena is forced to let her husband take care of their son. “If it were not for my husband taking care of our son, I would not be able to tell my story now. It also annoys me when people say the use of cannabis is dangerous, because some of the medications out there are far more dangerous than cannabis will ever be. Cannabis is my last hope,” she said while testifying before the Pennsylvania State Law and Justice Committee.

Slowly, but surely, the fight for medical cannabis has not only become crucial to mothers. Also medical doctors (M.D.) are becoming more involved in the discussion and several doctors have been recently tracking the results of medical cannabis on their patients. Dr. Yadvinger Singh (M.D.) and Dr. Chamandeep Bali (M.D.) released a report, describing the results of medical cannabis on a 14-year-old patient who suffered from leukemia. “By using cannabis for this patient, we managed to entirely control his leukemia.” Dr. William Courtney (M.D.) also states he has used medical cannabis to heal a patient, in this case his wife, who suffered from a severe form of lupus.

Medical cannabis is used more often around the world and countries like Australia, Canada, India and some countries in Europe are familiar with the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Mothers like Heather and Deena, who cope with the illnesses of their children and who medical cannabis may be crucial for, are pleased to see more medical doctors supporting a medical cannabis program and hope they are able to help move the situation forward.

By Diana Herst

Lehigh Valley Live
Medical Marijuana

8 Responses to "Medical Cannabis May Be Crucial for Mothers"

  1. wanda rogers   February 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    praise the lord and give these people the plant they so desperately need legalize all forms of cannabis now please law makers the time has come you law makers will not get in office without supporting cannabis legalization thanks

  2. Marie Heuberger   February 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for the information. It will show alot of people awareness.

  3. Marie Heuberger   February 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    These statements are so amazing to me. I’m glad i took the time to learn all the help and cures marijuana does. I feel so bad for these families and so understand the drugs and pills can be far worse. God bless these families and i pray your children get the best care to heal them. Josh you said the best point on this.

  4. Roselia   February 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    This worries me because if it is not legalized in my state Minnesota soon, the father of my child suffers from Chronic pain, and the hip disease runs in both sides of the family. Our soon to be born daughter may also suffer from this her entire life possibly crippling her like her grandfather. I know my lovely man has tried relief in THIS way, it worked. I don’t want him OR my daughter to suffer because they refuse to legalize the only thing that helps!

  5. Dezza (@DezzaDezza69)   February 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Medical Cannabis in Australia is definitely NOT LEGAL, and has ABSOLUTELY NO PUBLIC SUPPORT from ANY politician in the Country – except Jason Woodforth, Queensland MP for Nudgee. Every other politician stays silent, unless giving themselves a pay rise…

  6. Sergio McGeez   February 4, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Great post! Medical marijuana has been shown to be particularly effective in pain management. Thanks!

  7. josh   February 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    this is sad at this point i feel as if the child is that bad and they believe cannabis will work then i would say they need to brake the law and save their little girl i mean im not saying its right to brake laws but when laws are instituted for no reason and stuck with for way to long and the government is still fighting it even tho its such a medical drug it help with pain better then other pain pills so yyy give ur kid what that doctor says if u know soething could save her as a parent do it

  8. Lara Stielow   February 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for writing this!


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