Cannabis for Autism?

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~

(http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/health/cdc-autism/)

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?

http://cbdoil.blogspot.com/2014/01/autismcbd-oil-success-stories-joshua.html

It is time to consider Autism a qualifying condition for Medicinal Cannabis


CannaDad

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/childhood
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/medicines-treating-core-symptoms
http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/autism-medication.html

AUTISM related links courtesy Granny Stormcrow
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Cannabis and Aspergers, My Experience by Anonymous (anecdotal – undated)
http://rxmarijuana.com/cannabis_aspergers.htm
Medical Marijuana as a Cure for Autism (anecdotal – undated)
http://www.autism-pdd.net/testdump/test13417.htm
THE SAM PROJECT: James D. (news / anecdotal – 2002)
http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/articles/james_d.htm
Medical Marijuana: A Valuable Treatment for Autism? (news – 2003)
http://legacy.autism.com/ari/editorials/ed_marijuana.htm
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)
http://www.entheology.org/edoto/anmviewer.asp?a=319
Does marijuana replace pharmaceuticals as a treatment for Autism? (news – 2009)
http://www.examiner.com/special-needs-kids-in-st-petersburg/does-marijuana-replace-pharmaceuticals-as-a-treatment-for-autism
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Prescribing marijuana to kids (news – 2009)
http://theweek.com/article/index/103325/prescribing-marijuana-to-kids
ABC News Lauds Marijuana for Autism (news – 2009)
http://salem-news.com/articles/november242009/autism_pl.php
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)
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=6989085
The ultimate herbal remedy: Can cannabis improve autism? (news / anecdotal – 2009)
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-ultimate-herbal-remedy-can-cannabis-improve-autism-1814756.html
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)
http://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/2010/oct/31/steamboat-mom-sees-results-giving-autistic-son-med/
Sam’s Story: Medical Marijuana and Autism (news / anecdotal – 2010)
http://wildalchemist.blogspot.com/2010/01/autism-and-cannabis.html
Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part1 (news – 2010)
http://www.doublex.com/section/health-science/why-i-give-my-9-year-old-pot
Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part2 (news – 2010)
http://www.doublex.com/section/health-science/why-i-give-my-9-year-old-pot-part-ii
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)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/219569.php
Would some cannabinoids ameliorate symptoms of autism? (1st page – 2012)
http://www.springerlink.com/content/r548206132518r7t/
Medical Marijuana: A “Cure” for Autism? (news – 2012)
http://bigbudsmag.com/lifestyle/medicine/article/medical-marijuana-cure-autism-january-2012
Marijuana cannabinoids found to help combat autism (news – 2012)
http://www.naturalnews.com/037445_marijuana_cannabinoids_autism.html
Ryan’s Story: Medical Marijuana And Autism (news – 2012)
http://www.neontommy.com/news/2012/01/ryan-s-story-medical-marijuana-and-autism
Marijuana and Asperger’s Syndrome (anecdotal – 2012) http://www.imapatientnotacriminal.org/marijuana-and-aspergers-syndrome-2/

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4 thoughts on “Cannabis for Autism?”

  1. Autism is an autoimmune brain process, caused by infections like lyme disease, viruses, thyroid and endocrine dysfunction, and immune dysregulation/deficiency. I know because that's what my family member with autism ending up having, many infections, brain autoimmunity, hypothyroidism.. Cannabis should be considered a safe treatment for autism.

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