Pediatric Medical Cannabis

Texas Cannabis Clinic

Medical Marijuana Doctors located in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and the entire State of Texas through telemedicine

If conventional therapies don’t effectively relieve symptoms for children with certain health conditions, pediatric medical cannabis may offer a therapeutic alternative. At Texas Cannabis Clinic, Matthew Brimberry, MD, serves children of all ages in and around Austin, Houston, Arlington, San Antonio, and the entire state of Texas through telemedicine. To find out if pediatric medical cannabis is right for your child, book a telehealth appointment today.

Pediatric Medical Cannabis Q & A

What is pediatric medical cannabis?

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:

  • Tinctures
  • Gummies
  • Lozenges

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.

What conditions does pediatric medical cannabis treat?

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:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism

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.

Is pediatric medical cannabis safe?

Medical cannabis is considered safe, but like any medication, there is a potential for side effects. Common side effects of medical cannabis include:

  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired concentration
  • Increased appetite
  • Addiction
  • Withdrawal symptoms

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.