Mykayla Comstock was 7-years-old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She's been using medical marijuana for just over 17 months.
PENDLETON, OR - Just after her 7th birthday, Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with intermediate risk T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia; a rare and aggressive blood and bone cancer.
"I thought it was just a typical child illness, such as pneumonia," says Erin Purchase, Mykayla's mother. "It was an extended cough with fevers. I never dreamed it could be cancer. I was completely shocked and heartbroken when we found out it was cancer; definitely not what I expected at all."
After ten days of doctor recommended chemotherapy, Mykayla's parents signed her up for a medical marijuana permit at a clinic in Portland, which at the time, made her the youngest medical marijuana patient in the state.
She started cannabis oil treatment right away and it led to immediate results.
"She was kind of in a dark place before the oil," Brandon Krenzler, Mykayla's father and cannabis caregiver. "She was very sick, nauseous and in pain. She was very pale, she didn't want to get up, she didn't want to eat, she didn't want to do anything but lay around an talk to us. When we gave her the oil, she perked up and said 'I'm hungry and I want to eat!'"
Mykayla doesn't smoke or vaporize marijuana, she takes about two to three grams of cannabis oil per day in either capsule form or through a number of edibles, even creams and oils.
Her parents point to the alternative treatment as one of the reasons why her cancer is now in remission.
"The federal government classifies cannabis that it has no medicinal benefit at all and I've seen medicinal benefit with my own eyes," says Purchase. "It's not as bad as you once thought. It's not a bunch of hippies in the back room getting high. We're treating patient and at the same time, people are using it recreationally safely," says Krenzler.
Mykayla's last day for chemotherapy is November 13th, 2014 and her parents plan to slowly wean her off of the cannabis once chemotherapy is over.
As far as any advice to other kids starting medical marijuana treatment...
"Don't be afraid, because it (cannabis) can help you," says Mykayla.
While marijuana hasn't been linked to curing cancer, research says it may be possible. Scientists say studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical in marijuana, can latch on to cancer cells and prevent them from growing and spreading. Other research shows that THC leads to cell apoptosis (programmed cell death), meaning that THC latches onto cancer cells and kills the cells before they can mature.
You can follow MyKayla as she goes through treatment on a Facebook page set up by her parents, here.
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:17:08 GMT
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