When doctors discovered that Sophie had a brain tumor when she was 8 and a half months old, her parents Tracy and Josh tried an alternative treatment -- the cannabis compound CBD.
Sophie is now 5 years old and her mom says, "She's healthy and happy, she's thriving. She's still in treatment, but to meet her and to know her, you would never know that this child gets chemo pumped into her every other week." Tracy adds, "I don't know if it can cure cancer, but I 100 percent believe in it as a medicine for cancer."
Tracy, Josh, and their daughter's doctor, Canna-Centers medical director Dr. Bonni Goldstein join The Doctors.
"I believe this oil has helped my child on so many levels, not only has it helped preserve her vision, but her neurologist told us she had a 100 percent chance of going blind with minimal vision in the right eye being a best-case scenario. We shrank that tumor by 85 to 90 percent that first 13 months and the tumor was not supposed to shrink," Tracy says of how she feels the CBD oil has helped her daughter.
Tracy notes, "We 100 percent believe in the synergy of western medicine and cannabis oil. We would never go against our doctors and take our child away from their care or remove those chemotherapies because we just don't have enough science yet to tells us how this medicine needs to be administered perfectly."
Dr. Goldstein says that she has seen cases where cannabis used by itself has put children into remission when nothing else worked but notes that the dosage, length of treatment and which combination of cannabis oils work best are still unknowns. She calls for more research to determine how to make it most effective.
Daniel Fabricant, President of Natural Products Association, also joins the discussion to weigh in on how the FDA has cracked down on the claims being made regarding cannabis oil. He too calls for more research and studies to determine how to best use cannabis oil. He notes that we are still unsure what the right dosage should be for children, men, and women. He says, "There is a balance between risk and benefit," when it comes to cannabis.
Watch the video below to hear what Dr. Goldstein believes parents need to look for in a doctor before beginning a cannabis oil treatment with their child.