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Autism

Unlike cancer or HIV, Autism isn't a specific disease, but a spectrum of mental health disorders that, depending on who you ask, may include conditions as common as ADHD or as difficult to identify as Asperger's Syndrome. To date, much of the information about the use of medical marijuana to treat autism spectrum disorders is anecdotal. Parents of afflicted children say that using cannabis helps the symptoms - calming anxiety, easing tensed muscles, etc.

Earlier this year, however, the American biotech company Cannabis Science, Inc., which develops pharmaceutical cannabis products announced a partnership with an organization called UF4A - the Unconventional Foundation for Autism. The goal is for Cannabis Science to help the Foundation build on its success with the proprietary cannabinoid treatment formulae it's already using.

According to representatives of UF4A, eleven autistic children, so far, have had positive results from pharmaceutical cannabis treatments, but there is concern that such children may become addicted to marijuana as they grow older, or abuse it later in life. As such treatment is also very new it's too soon to determine any long-term effects, positive or negative.

In a press release announcing the partnership with Cannabis Science, Mieko Hester Perez, the founder and executive director of UF4A said, "We believe that this new partnership with Cannabis Science will give us additional push and resources required to advance our Autism research. To date, we have already partnered with the University of California Irvine Medical Center to oversee our cannabis-based Autism research. Included in this group of advisors is the Dean of Medicine at UCI, and child psychiatrist Dr. Rebecca Hedrick M.D. Dr. Melamede of Cannabis Science will be an outstanding addition to the Board of the Foundation. His extensive knowledge of cannabinoid science should prove invaluable in our mission."

The bottom line here is that the effects of medical marijuana on autism spectrum disorders are being studied, and some children with such conditions have shown improvement. Time will tell whether or not those improvements continue.


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AlezanderKerr | May 12, 2015

I am a marijuana user and I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome my junior year of high school around 2011-2012. It is not legal where I live but I would say that I am definitive proof that it can help autism because since I have graduated high

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Guest | Nov 28, 2013

[quote]Would the cannabis oil work as well? the oil would not be habit forming..[/quote] Yes oil would work as well, if not better. But you are mistaken as any way of ingesting marijuana can be habit forming. The important thing to realize, is that it

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Guest | Nov 20, 2013

Would the cannabis oil work as well? the oil would not be habit forming..

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Guest | Sep 29, 2013

I am a parent of a child that is autistic . bi polar , adhd , odd , ptsd , and seures I have been told by so many that to give him 420 for almost all the disorders he has but he has blood work done every few weeks and I live in a state that's not

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Guest | Sep 29, 2013

I have been doing research trying to get my son eligible to try this. He has high functioning autism and a lot of what we see is behavioral. Very aggressive. He has expressed to me the feeling of being "trapped" in his own body. We tried vari

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Guest | Sep 22, 2012

... Thank you to the person who said "Wake Up World". Also, I have compassion for those sufferers of psychiatric disorders and it's unfortunate that the Cannabis treatment didn't work for the patient just above this comment. Maybe it would be a matter

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Guest | Jan 29, 2012

Thanks for this, check out cannabisforautism.wordpress.com for all the info in one place!

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Guest | Jan 18, 2012

why is it that CA is the only state willing to have enough sense to try this out for autistic children. Why can't other states have the intelligence and thrive that CA has. two thumbs up for you! Wake up world !

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Guest | Nov 18, 2011

I am Aspergers myself and have tried marijuana. unfortunately it had undesirable effects on me, causing me to hallucinate, become paranoid and lose interest in music, my main love. of course I was a "once every few months" smoker, so....and heavily med

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Guest | Nov 9, 2011

The thing that I can't understand is why parents and caregivers are so worried about patients becoming addicted to marijuana, yet they are not worried about their children becoming addicted to prescription medications. Most of these prescribed medicati

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Guest | Sep 21, 2011

Sorry I entered that twice. Can't get the hang of the Captcha code thing.

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Guest | Sep 21, 2011

As you can see, I wrote twice because I cannot seem to get the hang of those CAPTCHA codes or whatever they are.

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Guest | Sep 21, 2011

To the person above. I would love to get in touch with you because my 21 year old autistic daughter is on Haldol, which is in a similar family as Risperdal, which your son is on, and I am afraid to try MMJ while she is on it, but afraid of taking her o

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Guest | Sep 21, 2011

I wish I could get in touch with the person who wrote above about their 19 year old son, because my 21 year old daughter is severely autistic and they have her on HALDOL which is horrible, and I was worried about trying MMJ while she is on that medicat

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Guest | Sep 18, 2011

I have been using marijuana for a year and a half for my 19 year old son with severe autism and have had great results. He has improved in every area of development (speech & cognition, social, and behavior). He was very aggressive (biting, pinching,

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Guest | Aug 13, 2011

My son has Autism and I am going to make one thing loud and clear if the Doc's would just watch the results, on any diorder includig my own how can they (City, gov, feds, docs) get in the way!

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Guest | Aug 13, 2011

My so has Autism and I have a disorder as well and really has anyone ever tried to tell there Doc how much your Green works have you seen that look?

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Guest | Jun 3, 2011

MMJ is no doubt a very underused drug for autism. It would be especially helpful for those autistics suffering from chronic health damaging behaviors like self injurious behaviors where they harm themselves with little relief, according to research, fr

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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011

If you have ever seen or been around a child with autism, you know that anything that could help them is a wonderful thing. The effects on the brain are tremendous and very helpful, far better than all the drugs that the doctors will want to give. How

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Guest | Apr 7, 2011

i agree my cousin has asburgers syndrom and we hot box the room with him in it and he shows extereem signs of less anxiety and even better behavior

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lindzzz | Apr 5, 2011

It is the same with any medicine that an individual may become mentally or physically dependent upon a medicine that they take long-term, such as from childhood. It has been proven that marijuana is not physically addictive, yet people get withdrawals

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gbennett1 | Apr 1, 2011

My neightbors son had it and they used to have him sit in the room and hot box it. They did this until he tryed mmj himself.

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