Can sick children benefit from medical marijuana?

Jan 9, 2014

Jason David gives his son Jayden a CBD-enriched cannabis tincture to treat his severe epilepsy.
Credit courtesy Harborside Medical Center.

It may sound shocking at first -- dozens of Bay Area children are being treated with medical marijuana (or cannabis) for conditions including epilepsy, autism and cancer, among others. 

But despite anecdotal accounts that preparations rich in cannabidol (a chemical derived from cannabis) can be effective in treating some neurological disorders, parents and scientists are hindered by a lack of regulation, access and consistency within the medical marijuana industry.