Treating Autism With Marijuana

Is Treating Child With Marijuana Different Than Doctor's Drugs?

Mothers will do anything to help their children. For one Rhode Island woman, this means giving her autistic son marijuana. Marie Myung-Ok Lee feeds her 9-year-old medical marijuana (hash brownies) to reduce his gut pain and anxiety while chronicling his progress. She said:
J was smiling, interacting (one of home-based therapists said she'd never encountered such an affectionate autistic child), even putting his dirty dishes in the dishwasher—rinsing and everything!—not only without being told, but without ever having been asked to do such a thing. The more I'd been reading, along with J's doctor, about the effects of cannabis—analgesic, anti-anxiety, safe—the more it seemed a logical choice.

While early intervention and anti-psychotic drugs have been found to help some tots overcome some effects of the disorder, the cause and cure for autism remain unknown so parents look for other options. Doctors have prescribed drugs like Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Adderall, and Dexedrine to children suffering from ADHD. Do you think this is any different?

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