Medical marijuana is legal for people with a qualifying medical condition and minors can receive medical marijuana with the consent of a parent or guardian. The Texas Department of Public Safety operates the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas, which can help to find physicians who can provide access to medical cannabis. CBD, hemp, and medical marijuana are all considered legal under current state law. Only FDA approved cannabis products are allowed in schools. Additionally, according to a new law passed in 2021, child protective services officials in Texas cannot remove a child from their family solely because their parents tested positive for cannabis. Medical cannabis is generally considered safe but like any medication there may be some side effects and it is significantly important for parents and guardians to get informed about any potential health risks before giving it to minors.
Pediatric medical cannabis offers a therapeutic alternative and is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for a variety of conditions in children, such as epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder, and cancer. Various studies have determined that medical cannabis has the potential to safely and effectively treat seizures, pain, asthma, insomnia, autism spectrum disorders, chronic nerve pain, Parkinson's disease and many others in pediatric patients. Medical cannabis may be beneficial in reducing aggression, hyperactivity, and anxiety. Studies suggest that cannabis has the potential to reduce epileptic seizures and address other comorbid symptoms associated with autism. Studies have shown CBD oil may be effective for certain types of seizures in pediatric patients, although it has yet to be approved by the FDA and more clinical trials are needed to understand its full potential.
At Texas Cannabis Clinic, Matthew Brimberry, MD, serves children of all ages
Pediatric medical cannabis is medical marijuana used to relieve serious and chronic symptoms in children in Texas.
Medical forms of cannabis available in Texas are:
The type and amount of cannabis prescribed depends on your symptoms and the state you live in. Texas allows oils, oral sprays, and a low-dose THC lozenge.
Medical marijuana laws in Texas allow medical cannabis for certain disorders and symptoms under the Compassionate Use Program. Cannabis is used alongside conventional treatment methods for your health conditions. Patients may use pediatric medical cannabis to treat:
Many symptoms that come with autism can also be improved with medical cannabis, including aggression, hyperactivity, self-injury, anxiety, and insomnia. The Texas Cannabis Clinic currently services children of all ages to relieve symptoms associated with cancer and autism.
Dravet syndrome is a form of childhood epilepsy that is nearly impossible to control, but it responds dramatically to a CBD-dominant strain of medical marijuana.
Medical cannabis is considered safe, but like any medication, there is a potential for side effects. Common side effects of medical cannabis include:
Medical marijuana may not be appropriate for individuals with a mental health condition. For example, marijuana may increase manic symptoms for individuals with bipolar disorder or increase depression symptoms in someone already depressed. You should also avoid marijuana for two weeks before and after any surgical operations.
The knowledgeable team at Texas Cannabis Clinic reviews your child’s medical history, symptoms, and current treatment methods to determine if the benefits of pediatric medical cannabis outweigh the potential for side effects.
Schedule a telehealth appointment today to find out if your child’s symptoms qualify them for medical cannabis treatment.