Autism and Cannabis?

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 (ASD).

1 in 68~

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]That is a staggering, saddening and disturbing statistic.[/perfectpullquote]

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 ASD than cancer. This shows that something is very wrong in our environment and how we are living as a society. ASD 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 asd management is treating “core symptoms” with off label prescribing of current 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 such as Cannabis?

A multitude of families have turned to Cannabis as a safer therapeutic option, and it is working. 

Cannabis seed breeders are even developing strains specifically for use in treating ASD and Asperger’s.

Here is some evidence relating to Cannabis and it’s potential therapeutic benefits when treating Autistic Spectrum Disorder- It is time to consider Autism a qualifying condition for Medicinal Cannabis

ASD related links courtesy Granny Stormcrow
Cannabis and Aspergers, My Experience by Anonymous (anecdotal – undated)
Medical Marijuana as a Cure for ASD (anecdotal – undated)
THE SAM PROJECT: James D. (news / anecdotal – 2002)
Medical Marijuana: A Valuable Treatment for ASD? (news – 2003)
Variations in the human cannabinoid receptor (CNR1) gene modulate striatal responses to happy faces. (abst – 2006)
ASD, ADD, ADHD and Marijuana Therapy (news – 2008)
Does marijuana replace pharmaceuticals as a treatment for ASD? (news – 2009)
Prescribing marijuana to kids (news – 2009)
ABC News Lauds Marijuana for ASD (news – 2009)
Sam’s Story: Using Medical Cannabis to Treat ASD
(news / anecdotal – 2009)
Mom: Medical marijuana saved son’s life (news / anecdotal – 2009)
The ultimate herbal remedy: Can cannabis improve ASD? (news / anecdotal – 2009)
Use of dronabinol (delta-9-THC) in ASD: A prospective single-case-study with an early infantile autistic child (full – 2010)
Can autism be triggered by acetaminophen activation of the endocannabinoid system?
(link to PDF – 2010)
Steamboat mom sees results from giving autistic son medical marijuana
(news/ anecdotal – 2010)
Sam’s Story: Medical Marijuana and ASD (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)
Variation in the human Cannabinoid Receptor (CNR1) gene modulates gaze duration for happy faces. (full – 2011)
Consequences of cannabinoid and monoaminergic system disruption in a mouse model of ASD. (abst – 2011)
ASD (news – 2011)
Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part 4 (news – 2011)
THC for ASD (news – 2011)
Cannabis Science And The Unconventional Foundation For ASD (UF4A) Partner To Advance Successful Cannabis-Based ASD Treatments (news/info-mercial – 2011)
Would some cannabinoids ameliorate symptoms of ASD? (1st page – 2012)
Medical Marijuana: A “Cure” for ASD? (news – 2012)
Marijuana cannabinoids found to help combat ASD (news – 2012)
Ryan’s Story: Medical Marijuana And ASD (news – 2012)
Marijuana and Asperger’s Syndrome (anecdotal – 2012) 

Originally published by @Cannadad