Researcher urges caution to parents using cannabis to treat kid neurological issues

Mandy McKnight’s son Liam has Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy that causes him to have up to 70 seizures a day.

McKnight began giving the 10-year-old cannabis products about five years ago.

“He’ll always have Dravet syndrome, but it has definitely provided him with a quality of life that other medication failed to do,” said McKnight, who is originally from Torbay but lives in Ottawa.

Since that time, Liam’s seizures have nearly stopped — his mother estimates they’ve been reduced by 90 per cent.

Unclear dosages and ingredients

Doctors have said they’re hearing from more and more parents who have purchased cannabinoid products online and believe they are helping their children, but still have questions about appropriate dosage and formulas, said Lauren Kelly, a clinical researcher with a PhD in pharmacology working at the University of Manitoba.

Mandy McKnight makes cannabis oil from dry marijuana and avocado in a Crock-Pot. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)

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