Dr Bonni Goldstein: “A dead child is no better than a child on cannabis”

Dr Bonni Goldstein: “A dead child is no better than a child on cannabis”
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This article was originally published by Laura Ramos on CannaReporter. Dr Bonni Goldstein, a world-leading paediatrician specialising in cannabinoid treatments, has spoken out about the need for better access to medical cannabis for children in the UK. Speaking at Cannabis Europa in London on Wednesday 29 June, the Los Angeles doctor Goldstein spoke passionately about the potential of medical cannabis and the need for wider access.  She described it as “criminal” and inhumane” to deny children access when other treatments have failed. “It may sound brutal,” she said. “But a dead child is no better than a child on cannabis.”  Goldstein was interviewed by campaigner, Hannah Deacon, mother of Alfie Dingley, who suffers from treatment-resistant epilepsy, and who became internationally known for her fight for him to access medical cannabis treatment.  Although medical cannabis has been legal in the UK since 2018, only three children have been able to obtain an NHS prescription. And with no paediatric doctors currently prescribing privately for new patients, all roads to access have essentially been blocked. 

Goldstein said: “It is criminal and inhumane to deny a child [access to cannabis] who is already trying a range of other medications that have not helped or have even made their condition worse, or made them dependent.  “Many of these children are taking benzodiazepines, which are additives and cannot be easily removed. And yet, they’re not helping them, so we’re actually causing damage.” Success stories  Asked about the practical results she has observed in her own patients, Goldstein mentioned the case of a child who said the word “mother” for the first time at the age of 12, following treatment with cannabis.  “What keeps me going is the families,” she said. “When you have a father who sends you a video of his daughter –…

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