Who knew cannabis could one day come hand in hand with autism. New research shows the incredible link between the two and undeniable first-hand stories of how cannabis oil, also known as hemp oil, has improved autistic people’s lives in more ways than one.
A Little Bit About Autism
Autism diagnosis dates back to 1775 when a French physician wrote ‘Wild Boy of Avalon” (1), which showed many similarities to those who have autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ranges from mild symptoms to quite severe ones; ‘Individuals with severe autism conditions may have the serious cognitive disability, sensory problems, and symptoms of extremely repetitive and unusual behaviors’ (2)
Around 1 in 68 8-year-old children are diagnosed with some form of autism. Being such a common problem, and with such extreme side effects associated with autism, means scientists have been searching for ways to help adults and children ease the symptoms. Learn more about autism in the video below.
In recent years the use of cannabis oil for treating autism and other medical problems has been on the rise. And not surprisingly!
About Cannabis Oil
Cannabis has been used for many years, including in the 19th century in Great Britain where they used it as a sedative. Over the next years, restrictive laws on cannabis were put into place blaming the short shelf life mixed with the adverse effects of addiction and intoxication, (4).
Ways of extracting the important compounds of marijuana have been discovered- creating it into a digestible product. This allows any of the excess substances found in cannabis to be removed, if not needed, as well as making an oil that can be used by a larger audience.
Cannabis contains cannabinoids which are one of the most useful components found in the raw product. Cannabinoids have been discovered to have positive effects on nausea, pain and increasing appetite (6). They have also been found to have relaxant and anti-stress properties. Here is everything you need to know about the use of cannabis for medicine.
The Story of Kalel Santiago
At just 10 months of age, Kalel Santiago was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, after making it through countless amounts of treatments, including; chemotherapy, radiotherapy and two years of surgery, he made it out the other end fighting.
Just as his parents thought his luck was improving, Kalel was diagnosed with severe autism, which made him unable to speak. His father talked to Yahoo Parenting about their struggle to get him to talk. Putting him into special schools and therapies to try and encourage the words out of him.
They came across a surfing school which encouraged Kalel to get out of his shell, as well as discovering the beneficial uses of cannabis oil at a local fundraising event. They never knew the tiny bottle of liquid would change their lives, and Kalel’s, forever.
After raising money to buy a bottle of the miracle formula, they started feeding it to Kalel, a couple of drops a day, to see if it would work. And it did! Within only two days his parents heard his voice for the first time! His father said “He surprised us in school by saying the vowels, A-E-I-O-U. It was the first time,”.
Then eventually saying how he loves his mom after a few more days! There is no proof that the cannabis oil was the reason for Kalel’s sudden speech, but the correlation seems undeniable. For a more detailed account on Kalel’s story read Yahoo’s article here.
Kalel’s story is truly inspiring and not the only one! Read other personal accounts of how medical marijuana has improved the lives of autistic children exponentially.
Of course, if your child is suffering from severe autism there is no guarantee that any form of cannabis will help. However, it may be worth trying. Consult it with your doctor to discover if cannabis oil would be the right way forward for you!
(1)Autism Uk- The History of Autism. http://www.autismuk.com/home-page/history-of-autism/ Published: 2015. Accessed: November 9, 2016.
(2)Autism Canada. http://autismcanada.org/about-autism/characteristics/ Published: N/A. Accessed: November 9, 2016.
(4)Update of Cannabis and its medical use. http://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/6_2_cannabis_update.pdf Published: 2015. Accessed: November 9, 2016.
(6)Cannabis oil: Chemical evaluation of an upcoming cannabis-based medicine. http://www.bedrocan.nl/userfiles/file/cannabs%20oil%20hazekamp%20Romano.pdf Published: January 1, 2013. Accessed: November 9, 2016.
Controversial Cannabis Treatment Helps 9-year old boy Speak His First Words. https://www.yahoo.com/news/controversial-cannabis-treatment-helps-9-year-old-120157532312.html Published: June 3, 2015. Accessed: November 9, 2016.
Autism Support Network- Marijuana Madness. http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/news/autism-treatment-marijuana-madness-8763721 Published: 2016. Accessed November 9, 2016.
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