Medical marijuana has been used to alleviate pain, nausea and other symptoms of serious ailments in adults, but some doctors are now prescribing the drug to children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism."I would estimate there is probably between 100 and 200 ADD and ADHD children in California who are eating marijuana cookies with great benefit," osteopathic physician Dr. Phil Leveque says. "Comparing this with Ritalin, which has been used for years, Ritalin has killed over 300 children that I know of; it's probably greater than that. But marijuana, cannabis, has never killed anybody, ever. It's one of the safest drugs ever found."
Children with ADHD are four times more likely to develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol later in life, psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Center, Dr. David Sack, explains.
"The last thing we want to do is to give them drugs as children, which are going to set them up for later addictions" Dr. Sack says. "When kids with ADHD do become addicted [to drugs], they have a much harder time quitting. They use the drugs at a much earlier age and they're much more likely to wind up in jail, in detox centers and medical emergency rooms because they go at it with such fervor."
"When I heard about using marijuana in children, I was shocked," Dr. Sack adds. "There's no safe way to dose a child with marijuana. We don't know anything about the safety [of marijuana
] in children.
"I believe this is the worst thing in the world that could possibly happen to these children," Dr. Sack says