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Now that her four year old son, Landon, is officially in remission, Sierra Riddle of Colorado Springs, Colorado gives credit and thanksĀ to medical marijuana therapy. Sierra is certain that medical marijuana cured Landon of cancer.

Landon went through nine months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Leukemia two years ago. During that nine month period, Landon lost most of his muscle mass and was extremely underweight. He spent most of his time sleeping or vomiting from the severe nausea caused by the chemotherapy. Sierra watched her son’s health deteriorate rapidly. The chemotherapy did not seem to be help Landon as much as it harmed him. She decided to explore other options, and began researching medical marijuana.

After much research, Sierra decided to move forward with cannabis therapy, and informed Landon’s doctors that he would no longer be using chemotherapy treatments. Child Protective Services was at her house very soon there after. Patients under the age of eighteen, in the United States, do not have the option to refuse chemotherapy treatment, and parents risk losing custody if they refuse to comply with this law. Sierra compromised by agreeing to one session per month of intravenous chemotherapy to keep Child Protective Services away. She, also, began giving Landon daily doses of cannabis treatment in the form of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. This oil has very little of the more well known psychoactive cannabinoid, THC.

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They were living in Utah at the time, so Sierra was traveling back and forth between Colorado and Utah with Landon’s medicine. After Landon began responding positively to the cannabis therapy so quickly, she and Landon, along with her mother relocated to Colorado Springs. Soon after, Landon began eating again, the nausea subsided and his health was on the upswing.

Next, Sierra began incorporating the medical marijuana delivery method known as juicing. Juicing cannabis is just like juicing fruits and vegetables. This method allows patients to consume raw, fresh cannabis leaves and flowers. For example, as a snack, Sierra adds a few marijuana leaves to fruit smoothies for Landon. Both of these cannabis delivery methods are commonly used by the other 300 medical marijuana patients under the age of eighteen in Colorado.

Now, at the age of four, Landon is cancer free, and no longer using chemotherapy. For now, they are continuing the medical marijuana treatments. Sierra has recently introduced vaporizing into the methods of delivery that Landon uses. This treatment method may be less commonly used for children at this time, and it may be a bit controversial. However, controversy does not matter to Sierra. Landon’s health is her top priority, and she fears that if she stops the medical marijuana treatment all together, the cancer may return.

Via: CBS Denver

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