Portland, Oregon — A 7 year old girl who is suffering from leukemia has become the youngest person yet to be treated with medical marijuana. The girl’s mother gives her marijuana pills to counteract the effects of chemotherapy but her father worries it may affect her brain development.
Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with leukemia last spring. Her mother gives her one gram of marijuana oil in order to counteract the effects of the chemotherapy on her body. Marijuana is a potent treatment which restrores the ability to eat and not vomit. One of the worst side effects of chemo therapy is wasting syndrome from lack of food and heavy nausea.
Mykayla’s mother tells the Oregonian that without medical marijuana her daughter wouldn’t be in remission right now.
Erin Purchase, Mykayla’s mother said:
“As a mother, I am going to try anything before she can potentially fall on the other side.”
Mykaylas says that the drug makes her feel funny, saying:
“It helps me eat and sleep. The chemotherapy makes you feel like you want to stay up all night long.”
Mykayla’s father was so disturbed by his daughters use of marijuana that he called her oncologist and child protective services. Jesse Comstock, Mykayla’s father, said:
“She was stoned out of her mind. All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games.”
Comstock said that he noticed his daughter acting funny on their last visit together and had her tested for toxins. The lab results showed the level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in levels usually seen in chronic adult users.
Gladstone police went to see Mykala’s mother and inspected her paperwork which revealed that she was advised to use it by a physician, which rendered a police investigation useless.
Comstock, is not against medical marijuana but worries about his daughter’s use because she is under 16.
“She’s not terminally ill. She is going to get over this, and with all this pot, they are going to hinder her brain growth. It’s going to limit her options in life because of the decisions her mother has made for her.”
Purchase said that the use of marijuana has helped her fight the leukemia and return her to a sense of normally. Purchase said:
“She’s like she was before. She’s a normal kid.”
Do you agree with giving medical marijuana to a 7 year old?