Those of you who are familiar with the six-month Kurz Study may have looked at the result;
Compared to baseline, significant improvements were observed for hyperactivity, lethargy, irritability, stereotypy and inappropriate speech at follow-up (p=0.043).
Then wondered about what that “P=0.043” actually means? I suspect, and please correct me if I am wrong, that there is a 4.3% chance that the child’s behaviour under the drug is, by chance, a rare period of good behaviour which, according to my calculation (0.5/0.043=11.627), would occur every 12 years or so by chance anyway.
Looking at it another way. If that child’s parents had tried a different treatment every 6 months for 12 years or more, sooner or later one of those treatments will appear to work!
Until larger studies are released (they’re under way), there’s very little point in trying to convince a scientifically trained medical sceptic that cannabinoids are almost certainly medicine for autism.
Prefer a picture? XKCD:882 comes to our aid.
(In other news, as luck would have it, we did find someone with both Autism and MS on Cannabis for Autism on Facebook! I say ‘luck’ because with only 6 Swedish members, that’s 0.44% of ~1360. Finding someone from Sweden with MS and ASD would not usually occur at random within a human lifetime.)