It was all Judy Mendoza could take. She was driving towards their garage when all of a sudden, her 12-year-old son Ryan came out from their front door, ran towards her and threw himself on the hood of her car asking her to just kill him. Ryan decided on that day that he no longer wants to live with his illness: severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For Judy, it was too much suffering to see her son wanting to die, and she finally decided to do whatever it takes to cure him. She took the one way that perhaps many others would not: medical marijuana.
In her state, the use of marijuana is considered legal when administered by a doctor. Instead of the typical marijuana consisting of dry leaves being smoked, medicinal marijuana comes in a liquid form (a “tincture”) which is then mixed on food or can be directly applied under the tongue of the patient for a more rapid effect.
True enough, after Ryan’s first encounter with marijuana, his condition greatly improved. He was able to go to the beach and just be normal like any other boy of his age. A year earlier, Judy swears no one can take him for he feared that a tsunami might strike him.
Marijuana has been classified as an illegal drug, and so it has never been tested for its medicinal benefits. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a professor at the Harvard Medical School, says that there’s no guarantee that it can be effective for OCD or other diseases, but it cannot be harmful as it is remarkably non-toxic.
The effect of marijuana to the brain is still a subject that needs to be further assessed. While further testing is still a thing to be done, it becomes irrelevant for those who favor its administration, especially for parents who only wish to end what their child might be enduring for the longest time.