Cannabis and Alternative Autism Treatments

Cannabis and Alternative Autism Treatments

Cannabis and marijuana-derived medicinal treatments are finding favor—and favorable results—in families struggling with severe physical pain and conditions like autism whose conventional pharmaceutical treatments are often prohibitively expensive and toxic.

Families around the country are struggling to find ways to provide medicinal marijuana care when other options fail. When family members are in chronic, debilitating pain or are suffering excruciating difficulties from autism or other spectrum disorders, those who care for them are often left to battle not only the often challenging physical manifestations of those challenges but also the cost of procurement and the damaging side effects some of these powerful Schedule 2 drugs can cause, especially in children.

The options that exist, like behavior analysis (considered the leading edge of autism therapy), occupational therapy, horse therapy and auditory integration, Rapid Prompting Method, special schooling and hypoallergenic diets and powerful anti-inflammatories cause other problems that compromise some of their benefits. Autistic patients are particularly susceptible to triggers that manifest in violent episodes that can result in self-harm, physical harm to caregivers, destruction of property and imposed limits on social interaction.  

Alternatives in the form of tinctures, edibles, oils and more are available to patients who can get certified coverage for medical-marijuana treatment. But the legality and accessibility of these medicines are, at best, varied and inconvenient for families dealing with extremely complicated medical challenges already.

Severely ill patients know the benefits of cannabis in successfully treating symptoms and conditions like crippling anxiety, chronic pain associated with cancers and other diseases, Parkinson’s tremors, autism outbursts and psychiatric complications, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, glaucoma, spasticity, Huntington’s disease, chronic pain and intractable epilepsy and much more—when powerful cocktails of psychiatric drugs don’t help.  

Cannabis is one of the few substances on earth that can’t kill you. It was classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, but subsequent research has proven cannabis not addictive. “Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects,” wrote a Drug Enforcement Administration administrative judge in 1988. “But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.”

Removing cannabis from Schedule 1 would open these effective, safe and non-toxic treatment options for families struggling to cope with severe medical problems. AgriMed is committed to providing treatment solutions for these families—and their children—when dangerous FDA-approved medicines can’t help.

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