The Story of Cash Hyde

May 17, 2011

The Story of Cash Hyde

Two-year-old Cash Hyde was given the drug to help ease debil­i­tat­ing symp­toms as he bat­tled a brain tumour and, accord­ing to his dad, it worked

A two-year-old boy is one of over 50 under-18s being pre­scribed med­ical cannabis in one U.S. state alone.

Tod­dler Cash Hyde, who lives in Mon­tana, was given the drug to help ease debil­i­tat­ing symp­toms as he bat­tled a brain tumour and, accord­ing to his dad, it worked.

I believe that you know Cashy’s with us for a lot of rea­sons, one of them I would have to say is the power of prayer, one he’s a walk­ing mir­a­cle and the other one is he is a patient of med­ical cannabis, which has I think greatly ben­e­fited his bat­tle,’ Mr Hyde told KPAX News.

The young boy, who is now in remis­sion, strug­gled to cope with the side-effects of chemother­apy but his par­ents say cannabis helped improve his appetite and made him sleep better.

I watched Cashy not be able to eat for over 40 days, live off noth­ing but fluid intra­venously to the point where he couldn’t lift his head up off his pil­low,’ his father said.

Mon­tana has a total of 51 med­ical cannabis card hold­ers under the age of 18 — a much more mod­est num­ber than it at first appears, argues the Mis­soula Chap­ter Direc­tor of Mon­tana Med­ical Grow­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, Tayln Lang.

When I see the num­ber 51 and we’re in a state of a mil­lion peo­ple that’s a frac­tion of a per­cent­age and even with the 28,000 peo­ple that are on the pro­gram, it’s still a frac­tion not even 1 per cent, so the num­ber is really really small,’ he said.

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The young boy, who is now in remis­sion, strug­gled to cope with the side-effects of chemother­apy but his par­ents say cannabis helped improve his appetite and made him sleep better

 

The toddler’s father, Michael Hyde, said med­ical cannabis ‘greatly ben­e­fited’ his son’s bat­tle against illness 

The pre­scrip­tion of cannabis, which some believe can affect brain devel­op­ment, to minors has caused con­cern, but Mr Hyde believes the ben­e­fits out­weigh the neg­a­tive effects.

If you or some­one you know has bat­tled can­cer I don’t have to tell you how dev­as­tat­ing it is to watch chemo and can­cer con­sume your loved one and when you can actu­ally watch some­thing that you’re doing for them actu­ally ben­e­fit them in a way that nobody else can do, you feel empow­ered you feel like you can make a dif­fer­ence,’ he said.

Sup­port­ers of the scheme are also quick to point out that, in many cases, chil­dren who are pre­scribed cannabis will not smoke it, but rather will ingest it in the form of cakes and muffins.

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