The growing demand for cannabis treatments for children

Today in The Conversation Canada, a story that may surprise you: pediatricians are fielding an increasing number of requests from parents for medical cannabis for children, to treat a growing list of symptoms. While there are a handful of conditions in which evidence has shown benefit from cannabis treatment, in some cases the use of medical cannabis in children may be outpacing the evidence, and researchers are trying to catch up. Dr. Michelle Ward, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and a global journalism fellow at the University of Toronto, reports on how doctors are navigating the risks and benefits.

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