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Medical marijuana in pediatric oncology: A review of the evidence and implications for practice

Journal title
Pediatric blood & cancer
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Ananth, P.; Reed-Weston, A.; Wolfe, J.
Volume
65
Number
2

Medical marijuana (MM) has become increasingly legal at the state level and accessible to children with serious illness. Pediatric patients with cancer may be particularly receptive to MM, given purported benefits in managing cancer-related symptoms. In this review, we examine the evidence for MM as a supportive care agent in pediatric oncology. We describe the current legal status of MM, mechanism of action, common formulations, and potential benefits versus risks for pediatric oncology patients. We offer suggestions for how providers might approach MM requests. Throughout, we comment on avenues for future investigation on this growing trend in supportive care.

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