The limitations of anecdotal evidence – Cannabis for (real, checkable individuals with) Autism

If you’ve already looked for anecdotal evidence, you may have found a few examples. Perhaps one of the more common ones, or some of the many comments by unverifiable internet avatars.

If you are thinking critically, you should have n=1 in your study.

That’s right. All we can really be sure of so far is that a lady in America and her friends are somehow mistaken, and feel it appropriate to set up a huge number of fake internet accounts where they can pump their miracle autism treatment out to the masses.

A bit more searching should find a few more, have a look at the blogroll and check out ‘Alex needs help’, ‘Sams Story’ and ‘Why I give my 9-year-old Pot’.

Certainly, not all these people are in cahoots. Maybe most of them, but not all! N=2

Have any doctors put their name to ‘Cannabis for Autism’? (p=0.043, n=1,effect size=large)

Oh, and the author almost forgot to include him or herself! n=4.

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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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