Medical Cannabis and Pediatric Patients

We Are Not Accepting New Patients At This Time

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Don’t let your child suffer. Consider Medical Cannabis if all else has failed you.

Does your child suffer from insomnia, uncontrollable seizures, cancer, depression, anxiety, ADHD, or severe autism?

Many parents don’t realize this and many doctors won’t admit it, but medical cannabis can be very useful in pediatric care and more tolerable for children than traditional pharmaceutical drugs.

Studies of lab animals have shown that cannabinoids, the active component in marijuana, impedes the growth of tumors and kills cancer cells. A 2007 Harvard Medical School study also shows that tumor growth in common lung cancer is cut in half due to the active ingredient in marijuana and it considerably lowers cancer’s ability to spread in the body.

Additionally, research has proven that marijuana can aid in preventing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic inflammation, and heart disease.

Patients with Crohn’s disease have reported that marijuana has helped to reverse their devastating intestinal disorders. Furthermore, Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. of the Austism Research Institute has said “It seems to me if one is going to need to use drugs, one ought to consider a relatively safe drug, like marijuana.”

Marijuana use to treat illnesses is not something new and in fact, has been used by doctors all around the world for hundreds of years. Modern physicians had only stopped employing marijuana to their patients in the early 20th century and it was mainly due to pharmaceutical drug companies and their interests becoming increasingly powerful.

Hence, over prescribing medications to patients with toxic medicine became BIG business.

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Prescription medications can cause serious side effects for your child.

However, it’s this “over prescribing of medication” and its toxic effects that have parents of sick children gravely concerned. When modern medicine causes your child to have harmful side effects like irritability, nausea, fatigue, restlessness, aggression, heart palpitations, massive weight gain, loss of appetite, anxiety, painful migraines, slowed growth, or depression, you know something is wrong.

Parents don’t want to administer a cocktail of medication to their children that can cause unpleasant side effects and they shouldn’t have too.

At Holistic Evaluation, we are committed to offering parents a more natural and safe solution with medical cannabis as an alternative option to prescription drugs. While medical cannabis is not meant to be used as a cure, its benefits have proven to dramatically provide sick patients with much needed relief from their medical condition or illness.

If you have tried everything a loving parent can do to alleviate your child’s ailments, visit with Tosha N. Brown, MD in a safe, private, and professional environment where you can comfortably discuss if medical cannabis is the right choice of treatment for your child.

Children and adolescents should enjoy life without being stunted by pain from a medical condition or illness.

Frequently Asked Questions

We Are Not Accepting New Patients At This Time

 

  1. How old does my child have to be in order to be evaluated for medical cannabis at Holistic Evaluation?

Only children 5-17 years old will be considered for an evaluation to use medical cannabis. However, there is no guarantee that our doctor will accept your pediatric case. Approval for an appointment will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  1. What is the evaluation fee for pediatric patients?

The evaluation fee for pediatrics is $250.00 with a $75.00 non-refundable booking fee due at the time of an appointment scheduling. The $75.00 will be applied towards the $250.00 with a balance of $175.00 due at the end of the appointment.

The parent MUST be a resident of CA, and have a valid CA Driver’s License or a CA Identification Card. Siblings, aunts, uncles, or other relatives who are NOT the legal guardian of the child are unable to schedule an appointment for a minor. Only a parent or legal guardian can schedule an appointment for a pediatric patient to use medical cannabis.

  1. What days are available to make an appointment?

There are only three available days available at Altadena office to make a pediatric appointment. Please note the dates before sending in medical records and asking to be put on our waiting list.

  • Tuesdays from 11am-4pm
  • Wednesdays from 11am-4pm
  • Fridays from 11am-4pm
  1. My child is in a wheelchair. Is your office wheelchair accessible?

The Altadena office is NOT wheelchair or handicap accessible.

  1. How can I make an appointment for my child?

Pediatric appointments can fill up fast. Please follow the steps accordingly to expedite scheduling an appointment.

Step 1: Before an appointment can be made, the parent must send over medical records that states the child’s diagnosis for which they seek to use medical cannabis. Medical records can be emailed to admin@holisticevaluation.com or faxed to (626) 628-1914.

Please DO NOT mail medical records or mail personal checks. Appointments will not be scheduled until Dr. Brown has reviewed your child’s medical records and has determined that your child is a suitable candidate to use medical cannabis.

Step 2: When emailing a scanned copy of medical records or faxing medical records (do not take a picture of medical records), please be sure to include:

  • The parent’s full name
  • Parent’s personal email address
  • The best telephone number where you can be reached so one of our staff members can contact you to schedule a pediatric appointment.

Medical records that are not readable when printed, and emails and faxes without the parent’s contact info will delay scheduling an appointment.

Step 3: Once an appointment has been made, there is a $75.00 non-refundable fee to hold the appointment, which will be applied towards the visit.

If you already have been approved for a pediatric appointment, you may click here to pay the deposit to hold your appointment or contact the office at (626) 817-9025 to make a payment over the phone.

Appointments are NOT confirmed until this deposit fee is paid.

Step 4: After the $75.00 fee has been paid, parents can download the patient forms and fill them out before the appointment to save time at the office: New Patient Intake Form

Step 5: At the time of your appointment, be sure to have the following:

  • Parent’s CA Driver’s License
  • School ID of the child (if applicable)
  • Any prescription medications your child is currently taking (if applicable).

If there is a waiting list, you will be contacted once you are next on the wait list for an appointment. Please be patient.

Once you have an appointment, if you must cancel or need to reschedule, please be respectful and contact the office immediately so we can schedule another pediatric patient for that time slot.

  1. I have other children. Can I bring them with me to the appointment?

If you have other children, especially small children, we ask to please leave them at home with a babysitter. Although we see pediatric patients, again, we are not a pediatric medical office with child-friendly items displayed throughout the office.

The appointment can be long and children, particularly small children, can become restless and consequently, disrupt the evaluation with the doctor. To add, the staff cannot watch your children as they are assisting other patients, mostly men, who are coming in and out of the office.

  1. My child is aggressive due to his/her medical condition and gets extremely uncomfortable around other people. How can I still make an appointment?

In a situation like this, please contact our office to speak with a staff member about your child’s aggressive behavior or apprehension about being around other people. Our office can accommodate parents by blocking out the calendar where only the parent and child will be in the office, along with the doctor and a staff member.

However, we do ask if the parent can bring another adult to the appointment to help assist them with the child. Once Dr. Brown has evaluated the patient (i.e. checks the minor’s heart and blood pressure), the other adult can wait outside with the child while the doctor completes the appointment with the parent.

  1. Can the medical marijuana doctor tell me how much cannabis to give my child or write a prescription with the amount of dosage and when to use it?

There is no such thing as a “prescription” for medical cannabis. Dr. Brown is only recommending the use of medical cannabis to treat your child’s medical condition or illness. Therefore, it is against federal law for the doctor to tell patients, including pediatric patients and their parents, which strain to use, when to use the medicine, and how often.

Unlike medical cannabis, conventional medicine is clinically tested where any medical professional can refer to a published medical journal such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, and review research studies on medications that have been tested on a large pool of human subjects. This is how medications get approved by the FDA and appear on the market for sale.

Medical cannabis is not FDA approved. Hence, due to the lack of medical research studies using medical cannabis, it is impossible for Dr. Brown to determine which strain and dosage will be beneficial for your child based on your child’s medical condition. Using the medicine will have to be on a trial and error basis.

To add, as of August 2016, the United Stated Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) ruled that marijuana is still a Schedule I Drug. Other drugs on the Schedule I list include Heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy.

If you were expecting for the doctor to tell you what dosage to administer to your child or hoping for a miracle, please reconsider seeking a pediatric appointment and do more research if needed.

  1. Will using cannabis cure my child’s medical condition, disease, or illness?

Dr. Brown or our staff cannot guarantee parents that using medical cannabis will cure their child’s medical condition, disease, or illness. Not only would that be unethical, but it’s illegal for any doctor to “guarantee” or “promise” that the cannabis medicine will help or cure a patient’s medical condition, disease, or illness.

While many parents have expressed that medical cannabis has helped to relieve some or all of their child’s aliments, we never had a parent that has come back to our office to tell the doctor or the staff that medical cannabis has “cured” their child (i.e. cured cancer, cured irritable bowel syndrome).

Consequently, we ask for parents to be realistic when incorporating medical cannabis as part of their child’s medical treatment and therapy. However, we have had parents express that their child is no longer on prescription medications as a result of using medical cannabis.

  1. If the doctor can’t tell me how much cannabis to use for my child, what do I get with the appointment?

During the evaluation, the medical marijuana doctor will first go over your child’s medical history. Then the doctor will explain the pros and cons of using cannabis medicine, as well as the different methods medical cannabis can be ingested. This way, parents can understand the terminology that’s spoken at a collective or dispensary and have the knowledge to make an education decision in determining which type of medical cannabis/ingestion method to use for their child. Again however, using the medicine will be on a trial and error basis.

Once the evaluation is completed, the parent will receive a Letter of Recommendation that will legally allow them to enter a collective or dispensary to purchase medical cannabis for their child. Although Proposition 64 has passed in California, parents need to have a Letter of Recommendation to legally administer medical cannabis to a minor under the age of 18.

Otherwise, parents caught giving a minor medical cannabis without a valid recommendation letter from a CA license medical doctor can be subjected to criminal and child endangerment charges under CA state and federal laws. To add, parents would be at risk of having their child removed from the home and placed into child protective services. To reiterate, cannabis is a Schedule I Drug as ruled by the DEA.

  1. My child is in a hospital and cannot make it to the office. Can I come into the office for the evaluation without my child?

 The child must be present at the appointment.

12. Can the doctor do a hospital visit or house call if I am unable to bring my child into the office?

Due to Dr. Brown’s hectic schedule, please call to check Dr. Brown’s availability to do a house call. Dr. Brown no longer does hospital visits.

  1. How long will a pediatric appointment last?

Expect to be in the office anywhere between 30-45 minutes. In some pediatric cases, the appointment can last up to an hour.

  1. Will the doctor be able to tell me where to go to get my cannabis medicine?

It is our office policy to not tell patients where to go to purchase their medicine. Patients will have to do their research online or seek referrals from friends and family.

  1. What is the renewal fee for pediatrics?

The renewal fee for pediatrics is $125.00.

 

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