Moms Opt for Marijuana to Treat Autistic Children
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/03/2011 in Medical Marijuana Conditions
NBC recently reported on a mother who successfully used pot brownies as a treatment for her severely autistic 12-year-old son. The first time she gave him medical marijuana, she saw immediate results in his behavior. And it also helped him rebound from withering away at 42 pounds – today he weighs 112. The tremendous results she saw weren’t atypical. For parents across the country, medical marijuana has been an extremely effective medication for their autistic children, even when other drugs failed.
According to the Autism Research Institute, some families have found medical marijuana to be nothing short of miraculous, citing that cannabis helps alleviate many of the symptoms of autism, including anxiety, aggression, panic disorder, generalized rage, tantrums, property destruction and self-injurious behavior.
For those unfamiliar with autism, it’s a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. This disorder causes aggression, anxiety, mood swings, extreme obsessive/compulsive behavior, hyperactivity, sleep difficulty, learning disabilities, impulsiveness and antisocial behavior.
There is no cure for autism and it is often treated with a variety of therapies and medications to alleviate the symptoms. But these medications don’t always work for every autistic child, and come with side effects such as weight loss, loss of appetite, stomach aches, and more.
Medical marijuana on the other hand has little to no unwanted side effects, and is reported to be effective enough that parents no longer have to give their children other prescription medicines. Don’t believe it? Take a look at some compelling reports from parents who swear by cannabis as an effective medicine for their autistic children:
- “I know it’s not the end all answer but it’s been the best answer for the longest time for us in regards to ALL the other medications. I cannot tell you how many months we would go on a medication wondering if it was doing anything, anything at all. Here we can see the difference in 30-60 minutes guaranteed.” (via Autism and Medical Marijuana)
- “It is not a cure, but just a tool to make things go smoother and prevent disruptions in his learning. He still has days when he gets angry and moody, but we can adjust the dose to help him through those days. It is such a mild medication and there are no long term side effects that can damage the body’s organs. I feel much more comfortable administering cannabis than something like risperdal.” (via Autism and Medical Marijuana)
- “Soon after he ate the [pot] brownie my son’s anxiety disappeared, and his sweet, loving behavior returned. He shows no signs of being under the influence of a drug. He now receives one marijuana brownie and several doses of Marinol, which contains the active ingredient in marijuana, each day. This has clearly saved my child’s life and my family’s life.” (via Medical Marijuana: a valuable treatment for autism?)
- “Snap your fingers, a miracle happened for us! No more rage, reduced anxiety, no constant deafening noise and no house rocking and rolling. Those cupcakes had marijuana baked into them.” (via The Sam Project)
- “Since the [Medical Cannabis] trial began, Sam has not had one act of hitting, kicking or threatening to hit. This includes school and home. SAM HASN’T GONE THIS LONG WITHOUT AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIORS IN YEARS. Additionally, the following improvements have occurred. I have classified these behavioral improvements into the three categories; Reduced Behaviors, Significant Improvements, and Mild Improvements.” (via Sam’s Story)
- [medical marijuana caused] “far less complaining of stomachaches (probably because of being off other prescriptions) and more typical diet (the pharmaceuticals either made him habitually starving (Respirdol and Abilify) not hungry at all (Adderall, Ritalin) or caused him to have stomach irritation (Paxil, and Celexa). As I’ve stated, we feel much better about giving Sam MC (Medical Marjiuana) that we did giving him the pharmaceuticals.” (via Sam’s Story)
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