Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Springfield, Ill. — A state panel in Illinois recommended that patients with conditions such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pain conditions be allowed to take medicinal marijuana. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory board voted to add to the state’s existing list of ailments that may qualify patients to medicinal marijuana use…

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Michigan panel votes on medical marijuana for autism

Originally posted on WBAY:

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if an official follows the recommendation of a state panel.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted 4-2 Friday to recommend autism as a condition that qualifies for marijuana.

The recommendation now goes to the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, who makes the final decision.

Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana has been effective in controlling extreme physical behavior by kids with severe autism. But critics say there’s still not enough research.

Michigan’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, serves on the panel and voted no.

Only post-traumatic stress disorder has been added since Michigan voters in 2008 approved marijuana for the side effects of cancer and a few other illnesses.

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Why I Left ABA

Originally posted on Socially Anxious Advocate:

Trigger Warning: ABA, ableism, institutionalized child abuse

[Image Description: A bright red door with a brass knob and a faded mail slit. To its left, there is a long, dark windowpane with some decoration and smudges. The door itself has chips in its paint and markings on it, despite the bright color. It is closed, possibly locked.]

When I first became an ABA Therapist, I was thrilled. I was actually going to use my psych degree, get paid more than minimum wage, and above all, make a positive difference in Autistic children’s lives. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

Now I look back, and the year I spent working in ABA is my single greatest regret.

When I left, it wasn’t a decision I made overnight. It was a long, difficult process, full of denial and confusion. I don’t enjoy talking about it because I did so many wrong things that…

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Some parents are apparently trying to reverse autism by giving their children toxic ‘miracle’ bleach enemas


Apart from the obvious risks, this does not work. To be clear: This is not a risky therapy, this is child abuse.

Originally posted on Metro:

(Picture: Getty Images) Some parents are persevering with the ‘dangerous’ treatment despite vomiting and kicking from their children (Picture: Getty Images)

Parents are turning to a dangerous industrial solution used for bleaching wood pulp in a bid to reverse autism in their children, according to reports.

The proclaimed ‘miracle cure’ Miracle Mineral Solution, which contains chlorine dioxide – a mix of sodium chlorite and citric acid – is the brainchild of Jim Humble, who left the Church of Scientology to form the Genesis II Church of Healing & Health and claims his product can cure HIV, malaria, hepatitis, autism, acne and cancer.

And If You Only News reports that parents are turning to the substance – called ‘dangerous’ and ‘potentially life threatening’ by the Food and Drug Administration – in order to try and reverse autism in their children.

‘My son who sometimes gets hysterical wants to push the second it touches his bottom…

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The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports


We know only too well. The reporting is used by some as a debating tool. Usually those who have little credible evidence to back up their views.

Originally posted on The Internet Offends Me:

Imagine going to work every day and at the start of your day, with your first cup of coffee, you sit down to glance at beheadings, children in the process of being raped, human bodies in various stages of decomposition, the living and dead results of domestic violence, hanging bodies of 10 year old boys accused of being gay, real-life snuff films and bloody dog fighting rings and their subsequent results. Can you think up a human horror? I’ve probably seen it or a picture or video of something very similar. It’s fair to say that some of the people who work around me do not fare so well. Often they end up suffering from the endless barrage of horror they witness 8 to 12 hours per day. Did I share that *most* of these people make around a dollar per hour to do this job? That’s the truth. Not…

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How bullying works: projection and scapegoating.


Cannabis for Autism is having February as Anti-cyberbullying month.

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Very few people, when put to the test, have the integrity and moral courage to stand up against bullying, harassment, abuse, threats and corruption. The targets of adult bullying are selected often because they DO have the moral courage to challenge; many people will pass by on the other side.

A target of bullying is most often chosen because of their strength, not their weakness. Research shows that targets of bullying tend to have highly developed empathy for, and sensitivity of others, a high degree of perceptiveness, high moral values, a well-developed integrity, a strong sense of fair play and reasonableness, a low propensity to violence, a reluctance to pursue grievance, disciplinary or legal action, a strong forgiving streak and a mature understanding of the need to resolve conflict with dialogue. Often, targets of bullying are independent, self-reliant and “different” in some way. Weak people often disingenuously…

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GW Pharmaceuticals boss: Cannabis-based treatments could be used in autism – The Telegraph

Justin Gover says GW’s experimental drug for severe epilepsy also appears to treat symptoms of autism.

GW Pharmaceuticals grows cannabis in a top secret location in the South of England


GW Pharmaceuticals is to investigate whether a cannabis-based medicine could treat symptoms of severe autism.

The British drugmaker, which develops medicines using cannabis extracts, is putting together the “building blocks” of a research programme into autism, its chief executive told The Telegraph.

Justin Gover said doctors treating severely epileptic children with GW’s experimental drug Epidiolex had observed improvements in behaviour and brain function in those patients who also had autism.

He cautioned that the observations were “no more scientific at this stage” but that he saw an “important role for GW in researching the use of cannabinoids within autism-like disorders”.

GW has been testing Epidiolex in a few dozen children with debilitating forms of epilepsy in the US for around a year and has already seen “promising” results. It has done so under a so-called “expanded access” programme which allows patients with untreatable conditions to try out experimental drugs.

It recently embarked on a formal clinical trial of the drug across Europe and the US, which includes patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. GW hopes to complete clinical trials by the middle of 2016 and launch Epidiolex in early 2017.

Analysts have previously suggested that Epidiolex could also be used in autism since the two conditions are closely associated. As many as a third of people on the autistic spectrum also have epilepsy. A recent study by scientists at Stanford University in California also suggested that compounds found in cannabis could successfully treat autism.

Mr Gover revealed his new research plans as GW released its full-year results showing losses widened to £14.7m in the year to September 30. These compared with a loss of £4.9m a year earlier and largely due to the company ploughing money into its Epidiolex programme, it said.

GW also posted a 10pc increase in full-year revenues to £30m, driven by a doubling in sales of the company’s single product Sativex, which treats pain in multiple sclerosis, from £2.2m to £4.4m.

The group makes most of its income from fees charged to Japanese drug maker Otsuka, which has secured the exclusive rights to develop and market Sativex in the US. GW said Otsuka paid it £24.3m in the year to September 30 for its work in getting Sativex – which is currently unavailable in the US – approved for use in cancer pain.

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