The Drs: Pediatricians For Pot?
The Doctors shared that more and more states are legalizing marijuana, but there’s one group causing controversy for “joining the game.” The American Academy of Pediatrics is pressuring the DEA to change the classification of marijuana from a schedule 1 drug to a schedule 2. A schedule 1 drug means that there is no medical benefit and prevents it from being tested for medical purposes. Because marijuana has been used to treat people with epilepsy and cancer, the AAP wants to begin legally testing the drug in hopes it can one day cure diseases in children.
The Drs: Schedule 1 Vs 2 Drugs
The DEA currently considers marijuana to be a schedule 1 drug, for which the definition is “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and high potential for abuse. Schedule 1 drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”
Drugs like heroin or ecstasy are considered schedule 1 drugs. The AAP wants marijuana to be changed to a schedule 2 drug, for which the definition is “drugs with high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than schedule 1 drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous.” Schedule 2 drugs include oxycodone or morphine.
The Drs: Marijuana Medical Research
Dr Travis Stork said the point of changing it to a schedule 2 drug is to allow medical testing. Dr Jennifer Ashton wondered who knows better than the AAP that more testing should be done on a certain drug. Dr Rachael Ross pointed out that they’ve seen at least three children just this year alone who have benefited from medical marijuana. Of course they mean using it for medical purposes, not testing it.
Dr Drew Ordon said it’s clear that there are beneficial components to marijuana. Dr Ashton also pointed out that just because a drug like marijuana could be safe for adults doesn’t mean it’s safe for kids, which is why the AAP wants to study it and perform long-term research. Dr Stork said we need more studies on adults as well.
Dr Stork said there is a lot of friction over the topic of marijuana. Dr Ross said the way marijuana is being genetically engineered, it’s way beyond what existed in the ’60s. Dr Stork then explained that research is how they base their medical decisions as doctors, and “that’s certainly what they need more of.”