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Would you give your ASD child medicinal pot?

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:10 AM
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Parents Control Son's Autistic Rages With Pot

marijuanaTough question for parents: would you give your child medicinal pot? What if your child has a disease that's caused both autism and a seizure disorder and together the two sent your child into uncontrollable rages, even made your 11-year-old hurt himself?

This is the life of Alex Echols, a little boy from Oregon who is giving parents of autistic kids with uncontrollable rage hope. He can't communicate with his caregivers to explain why he would headbutt things so hard that his entire face is black and blue. But since he started drinking a liquid form of cannabis, he isn't hurting himself anymore.

Hard to argue with that, right? Especially when you look at the picture of Alex, wearing a helmet and bloodied, atop the Echols family blog. Next to it is a picture of Alex without the helmet, his skin as it should be.

It's a no-brainer. Parents want the happy, healthy kid. Not the one who is beating themselves up with no way of controlling themselves.

So pot it is ... right?

Medical marijuana is not currently considered a treatment for autism. But it is one for seizures. And consider an estimated 1/3 of kids with autism also have seizures, the chances of this treatment going mainstream are getting higher by the day.

The Echols' case is already getting national attention, with parents jumping on their Facebook page and blog to share stories of how cannabis has helped their kids. They're drawn, too, to the story of how the Echols are fighting to gain acceptance for this treatment for kids who have similar rages to Alex.

Because of his severe case of Tuberous Sclerosis, the rare, genetic disorder that causes unregulated growth of non-malignant tissue in his body and is blamed for both his seizures and his autism symptoms, Alex lives in a group home. The only problem? The drug -- which the Echols obtain legally in Oregon under the state's medical marijuana program -- can't be administered by the folks at the home. The couple have to take their son off-site three times a week so he can drink his cocktail.

Their current fight against the prohibition of cannabis and to gain acceptance for treatment of these rages with something they say works is one that could make a major difference for kids across America.

Does your child have rages like Alex? Would you consider using pot to help him or her?

by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:10 AM
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by Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Tristan used to have rages. It was horrible. We were in constant crisis for years, no exaggeration. No, I wouldn't use pot. Kids with autism are (usually) so sensitive to even small doses of meds that there's no way I'd mess around with something that can't have it's dosage controlled. Ativan, though, was a life-saver at times.
by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Mathieu doesn't have rages but if he did I would definitely try medicinal marijuana.

by Platinum Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM
Ive often wondered about this. Amping up Sams desire for food, tamping down his anxiety (and I realize some parts of the plant are activating (paranoia) but medicinal would only have that (reducing) agent.
Ive often thought there would be a benefit. I like the idea LESS then i like all these pharma-drugs...
I see some good in it being an available choice.
by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:08 AM

My husband and i have talked about this. I know tn will probably be on the of the last if they ever approve of it. I would consider it if we absolutely had too.

by Silver Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:10 AM
Not even sure I could here even if I wanted to.
My oldest has big time meltdowns, not sure if I'd give him some.
I'd probably make the decision after talking to his doctor and therapists.
by Gold Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 2:57 PM
It would have to be a very extreme situation but yes.
by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM
No. I smoked pot. I was self medicating my ADHD. And yeah. It worked. While I was high. Then the crash made my symptoms 10 times worse. I won't take that chance with DD. Plus she has so many other issues from seizures to precocious puberty and neurological issues, I wouldn't want to test the effects
by Carissa on Oct. 26, 2015 at 4:27 PM
I really don't know..
by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 4:35 PM
I'm not sure
by Platinum Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Never thought about it, so not sure.

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