The following resources are ones members of our group have had positive experiences with. Of course, we cannot assume responsibility for your choices or experiences. Please use your best judgement and consult with appropriate healthcare providers to evaluate the best fit for your personal situation.
If you are new to pediatric cannabis, a great way to educate yourself is to read Dr. Bonni Goldstein’s new book, Cannabis Revealed. I had a chance to thank her and pick her brain some more here.
To learn more about how to safely medicate your child with cannabis, review this post. To learn more about where to find your best sources of support, review this post.
Companies Selling Pediatric Cannabis Products Within CA:
The companies below sell a variety of high CBD ratios and THC products. Be sure to ask your supplier for lab results. We also advocate for independently testing your cannabis product to evaluate the quality. You can find a list of local labs below. We cannot speak to the quality of products from companies not on this list.
Care By Design
The Statewide Collective
The Flowering Hope Foundation
The Realm of Caring – this is a great place to get information and resources on treatment planning
The Realm of Caring, CA – Ray Mirzabegian is the parent of child with Dravet syndrome and an early pioneer at the forefront of pediatric cannabis. Ray is available for consultations in Los Angeles and you can book appointments with him here.
San Diego Pediatric Neurologists:
Doctors at the following locations have patients using pediatric cannabis. They’re open to talking about it and will be able to help you evaluate if its appropriate for your child.
Naval Medical Center
Rady Children’s Hospital
Suzanne Goh, M.D. – practices a Bio-Medical approach, only accepts PPO insurance plans at this time. No Medi-Cal.
California Medical Marijuana Doctors And Treatment Supports:
Medical marijuana “recommendations” for both children (patient) and parents (caregiver) are always required if your child is using THC. High CBD products are generally accessible without, but a lot of families still get one to be safe. I generally tell families that what they are primarily going in for is simply the recommendation itself. Don’t be discouraged if the doctor doesn’t provide much guidance. They generally don’t and you’ll find support other places anyway.
It is rare to find a medical marijuana doctor who can provide both a recommendation as well as treatment planning support. The famous exception is Bonni Goldstein, M.D. but be prepared for a very long wait list. Luckily, you can purchase her book, Cannabis Revealed, here.
The nurses at Green Health Consultants are also available for treatment planning assistance in Los Angeles.
Although she is unable to write a recommendation, for ongoing support in San Diego County I suggest seeking out the expertise of Michelle Sexton, N.D. As a doctor of Naturopathic Medicine with a strong research and clinical background in medical marijuana, Dr. Sexton is able to provide thorough, holistic treatment planning.
For parent/adult recommendations, PrestoDoctor conveniently provides them online.
Other Important Epilepsy Resources:
Danny Did Foundation – providing education and support related to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)
TACA – “Talk About Curing Autism” is a fabulous resource for the parents of neurologically atypical children. I can’t recommend our local chapter enough.