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Published: 22:22 BST, 15 October 2013 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 15 October 2013>
A mother who decided to treat her son's cancer with medical marijuana rather than subject him to more grueling chemotherapy has been forced to relent after doctors said she could lose her child, it emerged today.
Sierra Riddle's three-year-old son Landan was given just days to live after being diagnosed with leukemia a year ago.
Though it shrank the tumor, the treatments made him very sick and he would get night terrors.
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Mom Sierra Riddle said: It's horrible. It's not even a decision I got to make so I can¿t say I made this decision. He's already having some side effects, which I knew was going to be the case'
Surviving: Sierra refused to treat Landan with chemotherapy after it made him very sick and gave him night terrors and said he was responding better to the cannabis capsules
Sierra then refused chemotherapy and moved to Colorado so she could use cannabis oil capsules which she said was keeping her son's cancer in remission.
Though she said she would never go back to chemotherapy, the mother had to change her mind after being called to a meeting with doctors and human services where she was told to restart the chemo or go to court.
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'It’s horrible,' she told CBS Local. 'It’s not even a decision I got to make so I can’t say I made this decision.
'He’s already having some side effects, which I knew was going to be the case. There has been some vomiting and emotional issues with anger and rage; he’s not eating very well these past couple days.'
Cancer-stricken: Sierra Riddle with her son Landon looking healthier after she treated his leukemia with medical marijuana pills
Sierra Riddle told CBS: 'I am willing to do whatever I have to do to make sure my child gets to live another day and gets to have that relief and have that quality of life he deserves'
Defiant: Landon's mother made the decision to end the chemotherapy in mid May. and said the cannabis has been keeping her son's cancer in remission
The mother-of-one insists the marijuana products have been effective in treating Landon’s leukemia.
'He’s using all of it to repair and also to continue killing cancer, so there’s nothing left over for him to use,' she said. 'He’s been on a high dose of THC.'
She is still using it along with the chemotherapy, she said, and is looking for a doctor to support her decision.
The oil is a concentrate from the marijuana plant which does not include the psychoactive ingredient THC.
'Cannabis, just like morphine, is a medication,' Sierra Riddle said. 'It’s not just a drug, it’s a medication, and it’s a medication that helps my son to fight his cancer.'
Brave: Landon received chemo and radiotherapy after he was diagnosed with leukemia but they made him really sick and gave him night terrors
Sierra wrote on the Facebook page for her son: 'He is responding amazingly to the cannabis, his blood work is immaculate, especially for a cancer patient!'
She specifically moved to Colorado to take advantage of the state's marijuana laws.
Sierra wrote on her son's Facebook page: 'I made the decision to end chemo in mid May. The cannabis has been keeping Landon's cancer in remission, he gets regular lab work and all his counts continue to be outstanding.'
She went on to say that when meeting with the doctors, they made her feel like she was sentencing her son's to a 'sure death' by not keeping him on steroids and chemo for another three years.
'They want to take my son away and said they have no choice but report her to the police and CPS.
'He is responding amazingly to the cannabis, his blood work is immaculate, especially for a cancer patient! How can they not see the proof that is right before their eyes?! Cannabis is fighting his cancer!'
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