While giving kids cannabis for health issues isn't exactly common practice, it's these young people who need the plant more than anyone when they're suffering from epilepsy or cancer. The medicines that are produced by large pharmacy can have dangerous side effects, not to mention the rapid deteriorating effect that chemo has on a person. Kids especially need the healing power of cannabis because it virtually has no side effects, leaving the young one using it to develop and live a more normal childhood.
When a person is diagnosed with epilepsy, it means that the neurotransmitters in the brain are constantly firing. These transmitters are part of the encocannabinoid system that every human body possesses and are also connected to the psychoactive effects of THC. However, when high levels of CBD are introduced, it triggers a reaction in the endocannabinoid system and sends messages to the transmitters, telling them to stop firing off so rapidly. This effect drastically decreases seizing in patients and is being looked at as an incredibly effective medicine against epilepsy, especially in children.
CBD treatments on children with epilepsy were shown to be incredibly effective. Parents of these children were so happy with the results that they claimed the plant to be an actual miracle... Which, after trying multiple different pills, tranquilizers, and steroids, isn't a surprise. A study done by the National Institute of Health in 2013 showed that CBD treatments in children with epilepsy showed that 16 out of 19 children taking CBD showed drastic improvement. In two of those cases, the epilepsy disappeared completely.
The appeal of highly concentrated CBD cannabis products is overwhelming. Even though there are some people who still don't agree (there are many reports of families getting Child Protective Services called on them for using cannabis as a treatment rather then the "normal" way), the progress of the children who are taking cannabis now cannot be denied. Pills given to these kids can cause liver failure, developmental problems, and completely take away the child's lust for life, causing them to become zombified and sad. A child should not have to spend their younger years in hospitals or being shot up with terrible drugs with adverse effects. If there is a natural, side effect free cure out there, there's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't be using it, researching it, and benefiting from it.
Hundreds of families have relocated to the state of Colorado in order to get their hands on the strain of cannabis known as Charlotte's Web, named after a little girl with epilepsy that the strain was specifically made for. The stain contains only the very smallest amounts of THC, leaving almost no psychoactive effect when ingested. Instead, the strain has an extremely high CBD content. The waiting list for this particular strain is months long and full of hopeful parents that want nothing but health for their suffering children.