Autism and Medical Marijuana
Some families have found marijuana to be nothing short of miraculous. Some of the symptoms it has ameliorated include anxiety--even severe anxiety--aggression, panic disorder, generalized rage, tantrums, property destruction and self-injurious behavior.
Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, interviews a mother who used medical marijuana to balance her autistic son.
Medical Marijuana Saves Autistic Boy, Mom Says
"Marijuana Saved MySon
Parents treat there sons Autism with the use of Medical
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The following is from: http://www.naturalnews.com/037445_marijuana_cannabinoids_autism.html
Marijuana cannabinoids found to help combat
(NaturalNews) The cannabinoid compounds naturally found in many varieties of cannabis, also known more commonly as marijuana, may help children with autism spectrum disorders experience dramatic behavioral improvements, and potentially even full recovery from their symptoms. These are the findings of a new study published in the journal Nature Communications
that help reinforce the growing body of evidence which shows that medicinal cannabinoids hold incredible potential in both treating and potentially curing chronic illness. Daniele Piomelli from the University of California, Irvine
(UCI) and her colleague Olivier Manzoni from Inserm
, a French research agency, observed that marijuana cannabinoids are very closely related to the endocannabinoid transmitters naturally found in the brain that facilitate the transport of electrical signals between neurons. Known as 2-AG, these transmitters are responsible for regulating a whole host of important bodily processes, which include things like telling the body when it is hungry or when it is experiencing pain. Children with autism spectrum disorders; however, including those who developed these disorders as a result of Fragile X syndrome, which is said to be the most commonly-known genetic cause of autism, often have poorly or non-functioning 2-AG, which necessitates chronic synaptic failure in the brain. Many children with Fragile X-induced autism end up becoming mentally disabled as a result of this synaptic failure, and have trouble developing basic motor skills like walking and talking, or learning how to behave in various social situations. But taking marijuana cannabinoids, which as we pointed out in an earlier article are not psychoactive in the same way
that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is
th.html), can help effectively block the enzymes that inhibit
the proper function of 2-AG. In essence, marijuana
cannabinoids essentially restore synaptic communication by
feeding an ailing body the cannabinoids it lacks, which are
absolutely vital for proper cell function and communication.
"Endocannabinoid compounds are created naturally in the
body and share a similar chemical structure with THC .
(and) are distinctive because they link with protein molecule
receptors -- called cannabinoid receptors -- on the surface of
cells," explains the UCI report. "Because the body's
natural cannabinoids control a variety of factors -- such as
pain, mood and appetite -- they're attractive targets for drug
discovery and development."
The following is fromTheAutism Research Institute: http://legacy.autism.com/treatable/drug/marijuana_org.htm
Autism and Medical Marijuana
Some families have found marijuana to be nothing short of
miraculous. Some of the symptoms it has ameliorated
include anxiety--even severe anxiety--aggression, panic
disorder, generalized rage, tantrums, property destruction
and self-injurious behavior.
One mother's comments:
"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
"My son (who is almost nine years of age) has been on medications to address his severe autistic behaviors including aggression and throwing fits over trivial issues in the environment. He has been difficult to instruct due to these behaviors. None of the medications has ever made a difference, except for making his behaviors worse. He has been through the whole range starting at three and a half with ritalin and dexedrine, and going through prozac, paxil, clonidine, naltrexone, adderall and risperdal. Finally, we gave up on medications and decided to manage his behaviors through behavioral techniques. We had mixed results.
A few months ago we tried the prescription drug Marinol and noticed a drop in the severe episodes, no fits and little to no aggression towards his teacher and family members on a daily basis. A few weeks ago we started him on cannabis and stopped the Marinol. He has been in a much better mood and is much easier to keep on task in the classroom now. There has not been a major fit since he started the Marinol, and the cannabis seems to work just as well with his behaviors and he is now much more easier for his therapists to manage during instruction.
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.
Autism is an unpredictable disorder and even though major behaviors are constants, autistic people have different
degrees of their behaviors from day to day. We can tell when he might need an extra dose to get him through a rough day, and due to the fact that there is no toxic overdose, we do not have to be overly concerned with safety issues."
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