Autism… a general term for a broad spectrum of complex disorders in development… a child diagnosed with autism exhibits slight to heavy deficits in social interaction, sensory processing and communication skills; sometimes accompanied by repetitive or exaggerated behaviors.
It is said statistically that 1 in 68 children has been identified as having an Autism spectrum disorder.
1 in 68~
That is a staggering, saddening and disturbing statistic.
If you look at the same statistics for childhood cancer, it says that approximately 1 in 10,000 kids will be diagnosed with a form of cancer. That is saying a child is more likely to be diagnosed with autism than cancer. This shows that something is very wrong in our environment and how we are living as a society. Autism research is well underway across the country and around the globe. That is great, but what are we doing about the here and now for these children?
The standard medical protocol for autism spectrum disorder management is treating “core symptoms” with off label prescribing of pharmaceutical drugs. These drugs commonly being stimulants, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers.
i.e: Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Paxil, Zoloft, Risperodol, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Depecote, Lithium, Tegretol, Abilify
The list of drugs prescribed to these little developing bodies is questionable at best. The long term effects of many of these drugs are just now becoming known to medicine. Some of the others will not have the long term and latent effects discovered until 10-20 years from now. Many of these drugs have addictive properties as well as intense mind altering effects. So the question is this:
If society is willing to accept the use of medications such as those listed above for children as young as two years old, if the benefits outweigh the risks, then why not be accepting of something that weighs even better with even less (no known) inherent risks?
AUTISM related links courtesy Granny Stormcrow
Cannabis and Aspergers, My Experience by Anonymous (anecdotal – undated)
Medical Marijuana as a Cure for Autism (anecdotal – undated)
THE SAM PROJECT: James D. (news / anecdotal – 2002)
Medical Marijuana: A Valuable Treatment for Autism? (news – 2003)
Variations in the human cannabinoid receptor (CNR1) gene modulate striatal responses to happy faces. (abst – 2006) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16623851
Autism, ADD, ADHD and Marijuana Therapy (news – 2008)
Does marijuana replace pharmaceuticals as a treatment for Autism? (news – 2009)
Prescribing marijuana to kids (news – 2009)
ABC News Lauds Marijuana for Autism (news – 2009)
Sam’s Story: Using Medical Cannabis to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder
(news / anecdotal – 2009) http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/SamsStory.htm
Mom: Medical marijuana saved son’s life (news / anecdotal – 2009)
The ultimate herbal remedy: Can cannabis improve autism? (news / anecdotal – 2009)
Use of dronabinol (delta-9-THC) in autism: A prospective single-case-study with an early infantile autistic child (full – 2010) http://www.cannabis-med.org/data/pdf/en_2010_04_1.pdf
Can autism be triggered by acetaminophen activation of the endocannabinoid system?
(link to PDF – 2010) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20628445
Steamboat mom sees results from giving autistic son medical marijuana
(news/ anecdotal – 2010)
Sam’s Story: Medical Marijuana and Autism (news / anecdotal – 2010)
Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part1 (news – 2010)
Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part2 (news – 2010)
Why I Give My 9-Year-Old Pot, Part 3 (news – 2010) http://www.slate.com/id/2251174/
Variation in the human Cannabinoid Receptor (CNR1) gene modulates gaze duration for happy faces. (full – 2011) http://www.molecularautism.com/content/pdf/2040-2392-2-10.pdf
Consequences of cannabinoid and monoaminergic system disruption in a mouse model of autism spectrum disorders. (abst – 2011) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21886592
Autism (news – 2011) http://www.cannabissearch.com/medical_benefits/autism/
Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part 4 (news – 2011) http://www.slate.com/id/2294072/?from=rss
THC for Autism (news – 2011) http://www.newuniversity.org/2011/03/news/thc-for-autism/
Cannabis Science And The Unconventional Foundation For Autism (UF4A) Partner To Advance Successful Cannabis-Based Autism Treatments (news/info-mercial – 2011)
Would some cannabinoids ameliorate symptoms of autism? (1st page – 2012)
Medical Marijuana: A “Cure” for Autism? (news – 2012)
Marijuana cannabinoids found to help combat autism (news – 2012)
Ryan’s Story: Medical Marijuana And Autism (news – 2012)
Marijuana and Asperger’s Syndrome (anecdotal – 2012) http://www.imapatientnotacriminal.org/marijuana-and-aspergers-syndrome-2/