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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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karlotta karlotta 7 years
Why is there no option "Yes, it's different, because it's not chemical"? I'd rather my kids smoke pot than end up on Ritalin. At least pot is just grass.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I voted No because of the effects that a lot of prescription drugs have on people. There are serious health risks associated and addictions develop which have led to overdose. So there are some prescribed drugs which are worse than marijuana.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
The side effects of weed are usually less severe than prescriptions... If my doctor said it was a good idea, I would 100% do it. I heard about a dad whose 8 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD and they wanted to put him on amphetamines (aka aderall). So he just started letting his kid smoke weed... and it worked fine! I'm glad to see 82% would be okay with it... I thought I would be in the minority on this.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
my mom wanted to try this on my daughter that has autism many years ago. I asked her neurologist, but it was a no-go. instead, she is on Risperdal, which frankly is not something anyone is ever happy with. Sometimes there are no "good" choices. Seems like a little mj might not be so bad.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Marijuana is legal for medical use in Colorado. If my child had an ailment for which her doctor prescribed marijuana, I'd ask the usual questions (effects, side effects, interactions, why this particular treatment and not another, is there a way to treat this without drugs, etc.), and if I got answers I liked, I'd give her marijuana.
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