An interview with two parents—Moriah Barnhart and Gail Rand—that are utilizing medical cannabis in their children’s treatment.
According to a recent Pew research survey conducted in September 2019 (1), two-thirds of Americans believe that cannabis should be legalized. There still seems to be a unique stigma, however, related to the use of medical cannabis for pediatric patients. For this installment of “Cannabis Crossroads,” I had the pleasure of sitting down with two parents that are utilizing medical cannabis in their children’s treatment—Moriah Barnhart and Gail Rand. These ladies have left no stone unturned when it comes to options for care and have both found cannabis to be a great resource that helps alleviate many of their children’s symptoms.
Can you please introduce yourself and tell our readers which pediatric illness your family is using medical cannabis for?
Moriah Barnhart: My name is Moriah Barnhart. My daughter, Dahlia, was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer at the age of two. She was actually diagnosed with two types of brain cancer mixed. One of her diagnoses, anaplastic astrocytoma, is not considered curable.
Gail Rand: I’m Gail and I’m a mom to Logan, a happy 10-year-old boy. Logan was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 1, ADHD at age 2, Celiac disease at age 3, and autism at age 4. He uses medical cannabis to help with everything except Celiac disease, but our focus was always controlling his seizures.
Please describe how cannabis plays a role in your child’s treatment.
Barnhart: Dahlia has benefited from multiple different hemp and cannabis products since 2013 for everything from pain, nausea, and vomiting to skin rashes and sleep. Obviously, my great hope in the end is that it also helps cure her.
Rand: Before medical cannabis, Logan had more than 14,000 seizures. Now, Logan has been several years seizure free using tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), without any pharmaceuticals for seizure treatment. My husband extracts the raw cannabis using dry ice and suspends the kief in olive oil. Logan also takes cannabidiol (CBD) for his development, attention, behavior, and learning. When Logan went seizure free on THCA, he was able to sleep through the night for the first time ever. Although he was initially nonverbal, he has now learned to communicate, which also has a huge benefit of reducing some of his behavioral challenges. Logan’s older siblings, who are typical developing teenagers, now enjoy seeing Logan’s personality flourish, which has dramatically changed the family dynamics for the better!
About the Columnist
Joshua Crossney is the columnist and editor of “Cannabis Crossroads” and a contributing editor to Cannabis Science and Technology magazine. Crossney is also the president and CEO of CSC Events. Direct correspondence to: [email protected]
How to Cite This Article
J. Crossney, Cannabis Science and Technology 2(6), 26-27 (2019).
Editor's note: The print version of this column was an excerpt of the full interview presented here.