Doctors Say Medical Marijuana Treatment Does Not Make Kids High

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM EDT

Nine-month-old Joey Wertman suffers from a rare form of infant epilepsy. The Wertmans are hoping anything can help their son, who suffers from almost 300 spasms per day.

“This is it, this is now,” said Joey’s mother Brittany Wertman. “He needs to be able to have a normal life, and we need to do this.”

The family is packing up their lives and moving to Phoenix, Arizona, hoping medical marijuana will combat their son’s seizures.

Margaret Gedde is a Colorado doctor who has practiced and researched the effects of medical marijuana. She says there’s a common misconception with the drug treatment, and it does not make children high.

“The children swallow the medicine, or they take it with their food,” said Gedde. “It’s a form that does not make them high.”

Joey’s family says he will take his medical marijuana treatment in the form of powder, and it will be added to his food or drink. They’re hoping to start seeing results quickly, which will reduce his seizures.

“We want to give him the best chance we can at a good life,” said Brittany. “That’s what we want for him.”

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