New law allows medical marijuana use for autism spectrum disorders



Families living with an autism diagnosis now have another resource: medical marijuana. More local videos here: …

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  1. I'm diagnosed level 2 autistic (requiring substantial support) and I'm a medical cannabis user. Let me give you some advice for your autistic loved one:

    Tinctures are for topical use. They are great for arthritis and some other things but not for autism, they won't have any impact.

    The best form of cannabis for treating autism is edible cannabis. Distillate, RSO, and other concentrates extracted using food grade alcohol, heat and pesticides-free cannabis FLOWERS (not leaves) are what you want to look for.

    When choosing strains steer clear of high thc strains that have no cbd in them as these will likely increase anxiety and exacerbate suffering for your loved one. When choosing a concentrate, look for something that is at least 50% thc and roughly 20% cbd. Neither thc nor cbd alone will provide optimum benefits, it takes both, along with cbn, cba, other cannabinoids and various terpenes which most strains, especially indica or indica-dominant hybrids, have in abundance.

    Not all strains are the same, some will make suffering and anxiety worse while others will seem miraculous. A little trial and error will be needed to find a handful of strains that are effective in reducing anxiety and improving executive function. Also, don't fall for the myth that sativas are for day and indica for night, either can be effective at any time. What matters is the cannabinoid and terpene profile which is unique to each strain regardless whether indica or sativa just as your loved one's cannabinoid and terpene needs are also unique to them. Just use trial and error and get feedback from your loved one on which strains make them feel better to find good matches on strains.

    After finding effective strains you will need more trial and error to figure out correct dosage. The reason edibles are the best for treating autism is not only because they are more potent but also because their effects last longer and dosage is easier to manage. For instance, I personally use RSO (rick simpson oil) as my main medicine. It typically has between 50% – 70% thc and 20% – 30% cbd. I take about 100mg of it when I wake up and another 100mg mid-afternoon. This keeps me calm, focused on 'feel good' subjects, patient, relaxed, friendly and mostly non-reactive to external stimuli which would normally send me into a rage throughout my day-to-day.

    Of course, I'm 35 years old so obligations and responsibilities along with unforeseen circumstances of adulting in my limited capacity still tend to create anxiety, especially when there are too many things to sort through and when those build up I usually have a couple of varieties of organic dried flower to roast as needed.

    Yes, sometimes it might be good for your loved one to smoke. The effects of smoking are immediate and intense but short lived. In a situation of acute anxiety edibles will not act fast enough to resolve them and smoking will be the best option. Don't freak out, chances are if they need a smoke they only need a couple of puffs to relax and get back the executive functioning that their overwhelm robbed of them. Packing a 1-hitter will provide more than enough medicine to quell those situations. However, if you rely too much on smokable cannabis particularly for treating autism you will find that your loved one spends way too much time either over- or under-medicated and not enough time properly medicated to enjoy optimum benefit.

    Also, not all concentrates are good. I recommend staying away from those extracted using petrochemical solvents such as butane as these can have some nasty adverse effects. Also, especially when it comes to choosing smokable cannabis, always choose organically grown product. They tend to be pricey but when it comes to medicine you want the pure stuff, not stuff that's saturated in toxic chemicals which in the case of treating autism can actually be counterproductive.

    To summarize, the 3 keys to finding the best cannabis treatment for your loved one are 1. Use pesticides-free, food grade edible cannabis extract. 2. Find a small handful of effective strains. 3. Find the correct dosage and frequency. Keep in mind that a little trial and error will be needed to dial in 2 out of 3.

  2. First of all, I don't advocate the use of ANY drug (or even herbal supplements) during pregnancy. However, I'd like to know who performed the studies that came to this conclusion, how many studies were done, was there a double blind test group across a broad base of different aged, different race and ethnicities of the mothers, were the results written up in a reputable medical publication and was it peer reviewed? I have a real problem with news agencies that blurt this kind of statement to the public without having any real, solid medical proof to back it up. For that matter, I'd like to know if there were just as many mothers who NEVER smoked marijuana before, during or after their pregnancy that had children with Autism and were they compared?

  3. I’m autistic and I am needing a card just so that I can make sure If my CBD has some thc in it when I check the lab test I won’t be in trouble but I don’t know how to get my card and I need help I have lots of anxiety and stress and I get overwhelmed easy when to much is going on and I can’t focus on just one thing my mom says CBD will help but I know with higher CBD mg there can be trace amounts of Thc I don’t work yet I’m in the workforce solutions program working on get a part time job

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