Marijuana for Autism, California
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What are the conditions that qualify for Medical Marijuana?
Orange County & Riverside patients who suffer from over 200 conditions can qualify for a recommendation. Some of the most common conditions include:
Please call for additional conditions at 888-484-2631.
While the issue of treating adolescents with medical marijuana is fairly new, the idea of using cannabis to treat chronically and terminally ill patients is not.
The word autism is the catch-all term that many people use when referring to the spectrum of autism disorder. The more current term for autism is ASDs, or Autism Spectrum Disorders, and includes the following five diagnoses: Autistic Disorder, Aspergers Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), Retts Disorder, and PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified).
An ASD is a developmental disorder. A condition in which there is a disturbance of some stage in a child's typical physical and/or psychological development. As the name implies, ASDs are spectrum disorders, ranging from mild to severe.
Children with Autistic Disorder can display a wide range of deficiencies in moderate to severe communication skills, social skills, and behavioral problems. The three most common early symptoms of Autistic Disorder are a lack of eye contact, a lack of pointing, and a lack of responding.
While most typical children will say, "look at me!" when enjoying an activity, most children with Autistic Disorder do not share the same interests. Many of these children have trouble communicating, either because they have limited or no speech or repetitive, idiosyncratic language. They also tend to engage in rigid routines or rituals and repetitive, stereotyped motor mannerisms such as hand flapping or rocking.
Even though the criteria for Autistic Disorder are quite detailed and specific, remember that two children with the exact same diagnosis can appear quite different. Some other chronic conditions that adolescents can be diagnosed with include: JRA, PANDAS, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder), CD (Conduct Disorder) Bi-polar disorder, etc.
Most of these chronic conditions are treated with many different pharmaceuticals which can cause harmful and toxic side effects. Medical Marijuana is not a medication to be administered lightly. But the side effects are fairly benign without any long term side effects that can damage the body's organs. After a consultation with our doctors it can then be determined if a Medical Marijuana recommendation is what you would like to receive for your child with a serious chronic condition.
Some quotes of parents who have used medical marijuana for the children with serious chronic conditions:
Anonymous mom: Her testimonial about medical marijuana for her son, "I am happy to help in anyway I can. Especially to inform other mothers that this may help their children and that they don't have to be afraid to take this road, they are not alone. I feel like out of all the different avenues we have explored in helping our son, that this was the wisest investment. While it may not necessarily be a cure for him. It has helped him immensely! To see him laugh and engage in everyday tasks and activities that were previously impossible for him, to see the relief... I can't tell you how much joy that has brought to me."
Ryan was diagnosed with PANDAS: Judy (Ryan's mom) states, "We have tried many different types of prescription medications to help treat my son. Everything from SSRIs to Anti-Psychotic Medication. He has had very adverse side effects to these medications. In some cases the prescriptions actually made his symptoms worse." Judy continues to say using Medical Marijuana has had one of the most profound positive effects on his recovery.
Please refer to Judy's website for her families full story. Judy also has started a network of moms to support each other while new to using medical marijuana for their children.
Sam was diagnosed with ASD: Sam's family decided to use Medical Cannabis when it was clear that the medications being prescribed by his doctors were not only failing to help Sam but they were harming him. Sam's dad stated, "he had gained significant weight, had increased aggressive and unpredictable behaviors. He became very distant to those he had always loved so much. He began hitting his grandmothers and sister, and did not engage with his parents as he once did." Sam's family charted a journal of Sam's use of Medical Marijuana. The first day Medical Marijuana was given to Sam his parents state, "After 30 minutes we could see the MC was beginning to have an effect. Sam's eyes got a little red and got a bit droopy. His behavior became relaxed and far less anxious than he had been at the time we gave him the MC. He started laughing for the first time in weeks. My wife and I were astonished with the effect. It was as if all the anxiety, rage, and hostility that had been haunting him melted away." Sam went to sleep that night with no problem and slept through the night.
Please refer to Sam's web page for his full story.
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