Some parents are claiming that the use of small amounts of medical marijuana baked into brownies, cookies, and other foods have produced behavioral results in their autistic kids that are nothing short of miraculous.
According to the Autism Research Institute’s website, “some of the symptoms medical marijuana has ameliorated [in autistic children] include anxiety–even severe anxiety–aggression, panic disorder, generalized rage, tantrums, property destruction and self-injurious behavior.”
They also give this advice:
So, you want to consider giving medical marijuana to your autistic son/daughter?
First question, is this legal in your state?
If medical marijuana is legal, do you need a doctor’s permission or “recommendation”?
A prescription for [medical marijuana] is illegal, according to federal law. It may be difficult to get your MD to write a letter or even sign a form for you stating that your child may benefit from medical marijuana. Even if your MD is willing to help you, he or she may want you to try a few pharmaceuticals first, although it is most likely that you already have given these the old college try, and have seen only limited improvement, if any at all. If you can’t find a doctor willing to help, local AIDS awareness and advocacy groups may be able to recommend one. That this is for pediatric use is problematic, especially for a child with a disability. If your child has any co-morbid conditions or a seizure disorder, a physician’s help is critical.
If you still want to try medical marijuana, the next step is finding a supply–and a supplier. Just because you used marijuana back in college doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to scare up a dealer for your child’s medical needs. Buying marijuana on the black market is expensive, dangerous and nerve-wracking. Any medicine you buy is also apt to be tainted. If it smells suspiciously like Raid, chances are excellent that you have scored a pricey version of this trusty bug killer.. If you are fortunate enough to live in a state with compassion clubs, then your problem may be solved. Some states allow limited cultivation.
Next issue, how will this medicine be delivered to your child? Probably an autistic child will not be smoking. There are several viable methods of delivery (tinctures, elixirs, baked goods, cannabutter and cannaoil). Cannaoil may be particularly useful if your child is GF/CF (gluten free/casein free). Any recipe may be adapted using 2/3 oil for the amount of solid fat in the recipe.
State-by-State Medical Marijuana Laws
The American Alliance for Medical Cannabis
Marihuana The Forbidden Medicine, Lester Grinspoon M.D.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer
Medical Marijuana Research
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
An Ethnographic Study
There are many testimonials online from mothers using medical marijuana for their autistic children. Here is one account: Why I Give My 9-Year-Old Pot.
And in the video below, a mother claims that medical marijuana cooked in small brownies has saved her autistic son’s life. Before eating the cannabis-tainted treats, he was exhibiting self-injurious behaviors, was not eating, and had bones sticking out of his chest from being malnourished. A doctor prescribed medical marijuana and hours after eating his first brownie, her son asked for food he hadn’t asked for before. They were able to reduce his 13 pharmaceutical medications down to 3 prescription drugs. He gained over 30 pounds. He still does not have speech but they are hoping he will just continue to improve.
While it’s not seen as a cure of autism, medical marijuana is being used as an herbal tool to help manage devastating symptoms, help children gain weight, and receive behavioral therapy. The long-term side effects of marijuana seem to be much less hazardous than those of certain commonly prescribed drugs used on children with autism. In any case, parents should do their research before making a decision to use medical marijuana so they have all the facts, and they should make sure it is legal in their state.