After 3-year-old Landon Riddle was diagnosed with leukemia his mother, Sierra Riddle, immediately began aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment for her son. After seeing the effects of the treatments on her son – nerve damage in his legs, nausea, vomiting, intense pain and loss of appetite – Sierra looked into medical marijuana treatment for Landon.
She moved her family to Colorado Springs, Colo. to benefit from the state’s marijuana laws and began giving Landon liquid forms of Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Sierra told KRDO, “Within four weeks we could see the improvement.”
Medical marijuana users say that THC (the ingredient in marijuana that causes the “high” sensation) is an effective pain killer and also reduces the feeling of nausea. Research from scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco suggests that CBD, the non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, could actually stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.
Sierra’s decision to use medical marijuana as a treatment for her son’s cancer has ruffled feathers in the traditional medical community – one Colorado doctor even reported her to Human Services for refusing chemotherapy for Landon.
Sierra stands by her decision to use medical marijuana for her son and says that it has helped him.
“As soon as we started taking the oil, his platelets have been a regular healthy person’s level and [doctors] can’t understand why,” Sierra told CNN.