Cannabis for Autism

Welcome to Cannabis For Autism on WordPress. Not Blogger, Not Facebook. WordPress. This will be a serious compendium of all things that points toward, and away from, the answer to the burning question:

“Are a large number of people medicating the symptoms of autism or their child’s autism using cannabis (or cannabinoids), or are these people all coming to this conclusion erroneously?”

We will examine and present the evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, and we will look at some competing hypotheses to see if any stand up to scrutiny.


About cannabisforautism

An Ashtanga Yoga teacher, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of those involved in mental health issues, substance use or homelessness. I am also striving to put an end to the perception of the substance user as someone who makes incorrect choices. Striving for a world where there are no 'drug abusers' or 'addicts', just substance users with health concerns and sometimes financial and legal confounds. It is possible to use many substances and still remain happier and healthier than your peers. The notion that a substance user must become unhealthier as time goes by is false. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. It's about autism treatments and a few other odds and ends. Thank you and take care, Jules
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5 Responses to Cannabis for Autism

  1. Welcome! I live in OC, California and I heard about a professor at UC Irvine using cannabis to treat autism. look forward to learning more about this interesting subject!

    • Hi there! Yes, that’ll be Dr Rebecca Hedrick 🙂 She made the recommendation for Joey Hester Perez 🙂

      All that and more will be up on this blog soon. I’ve been putting it on FB for a year but it’s too difficult to find old posts so I thought WP would be a better forum.

      If you find any good anecdotes or any helpful pseudoscience then please send it this way!

    • Here’s the official story:

      “Cannabis Science wishes to clarify that the partnership is only a partnership with UF4A. Cannabis Science has no relationship or affiliation with the University of California, Irvine, the Dean of the UCI School of Medicine, or any of its faculty (“UCI”). UF4A has no affiliation with UC Irvine, though UC Irvine psychiatrist Dr. Rebecca Hedrick treats the autistic son of UF4A founder, Mieko Hester-Perez. Neither UCI nor Dr. Hedrick is conducting research into medical marijuana and autism. After exhausting all traditional medical options and with Hester-Perez’s son’s life in question, Hester-Perez chose to augment her son’s therapy with cannabis under a state compliant recommendation. As a result, her son saw marked improvement and was able to eliminate approximately 80% of the prescription drugs from his daily regimen.”

  2. Sorry for not responding sooner, and thank you for sharing the news release by Cannabis Science. I own CBIS stock and think they can be a big winner in the cannabis marketplace going forward. I’ve read a bit about the benefits of cannabis with autism and I think it’s a very exciting avenue for researchers to delve into. Do you have an autistic child? Are you using Cannabis to treat him/her? I’d love to know more about your story.

    Bliss Cannabis

    • Hi again, yes we’ll be following CBIS with great interest as they are the only pharmaceutical company in the world to have publicly announced that they are marketing cannabis extracts as an autism treatment over the next 3 years.

      Other pharma companies know but they’ve never made any mention in an PR material. It’s infuriating. I can call my contact at GW Pharma and he will tell me he is 99.9% certain that cannabis treats autism but he can’t say anything about what the company is actually doing or intending to do. For all I know, there could be 58 companies worldwide marketing cannabis for autism by 2014!

      You’d think so, the market’s big enough. What’s 2 grams a day, every day, for seventy years, times seven billion, divided by 110?

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