In doing research, I came across this blog post about a mother who treats her autistic son with cannabis, the safest drug known to man, as an alternative to hardcore psychotropic pharmaceuticals that many parents of non neurotypical kids readily dispense without due diligence and informed consent because they are at the end of a very short, painful rope.
I know you three moms are lurking. And I know you roast bowls. I'm tossing you this cookie because my cracks are now also cannabinated for patients registered with the OMMP who need the digestive benefits of the herb are too ill to smoke it (smoking produces less effective pain relief and sleep aid results).
I'm not advocating the use of cannabis or any other homeopathic or pharmaceutical medication for any child or adult without first learning about all of the side effects of each and every thing you ingest that isn't food (and even then). I do advocate the use of cannabis as a safer alternative to almost any pharmaceutical solution to hundreds of ailments.
My son J has autism. He’s also had two serious surgeries for a spinal cord tumor and has an inflammatory bowel condition, all of which may be causing him pain, if he could tell us. He can say words, but many of them—”duck in the water, duck in the water”—don’t convey what he means. For a time, anti-inflammatory medication seemed to control his pain. But in the last year, it stopped working. He began to bite and to smack the glasses off my face. If you were in that much pain, you’d probably want to hit someone, too.
J’s school called my husband and me in for a meeting about J’s tantrums, which were affecting his ability to learn. The teachers were wearing tae kwon do arm pads to protect themselves against his biting. Their solution was to hand us a list of child psychiatrists. Since autistic children like J can’t exactly do talk therapy, this meant sedating, antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal—Thorazine for kids...