Autism Can Now Be Treated With Medical Marijuana In Rhode Island

If you live in Rhode Island, AND you have autism or have to care for someone who does, there's good news for you! You can now treat it with medical Cannabis. Yes, Folks, they made it happen! The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) approved last Tuesday the use of medical Marijuana as a treatment for autism.

So what is autism anyway? Here's an excerpt from

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.*
We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges.
A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as:
*Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
*Sleep disturbances
Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.
Many people with autism also have sensory issues. These can include aversions to certain sights, sounds and other sensations.
Autism’s hallmark signs usually appear by age 2 to 3. Often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier.

Autism can not be cured and it's not a disease perse. It is a set of symptoms that can be controlled either chemically, with drugs. Or with psychotherapy, so the person can cope better with them And before you get scared, it's not as common and it's not as bad for most sufferers. I know 'cause I know a lot of people and very few of them have it, the few who do, most of them have manageable symptoms and there's like 1 or 2 guys I know with very bad forms of it. So in my personal experience is way less that 1 in 59. That said, some of the challenges and struggles for some of the patients are very hard to overcome. Having autism or having to care for a person with autism can be taxing on the patient or the carers and sometimes, unfortunately it has to be medicated, especially for the anxiety-related symptoms. And generally the go-to drugs are opioids, which we've discussed on this blog previously and why they are so bad for you. So one of the natural, or should I say, "green" alternatives is CBD and Medical Marijuana, which has been proven time and again to help with anxiety and even things such as seizures or gastrointestinal disorders.

However, the treatments are not as easy to obtain (I suppose to prevent abuse). Doctors are instructed to consider “pharmaceutic grade forms of pure CBD” before recommending medical marijuana, they also have to fill up a bunch of paperwork to explain why traditional pharmaceutical alternatives are off the table.

All in all, with its drawbacks, with this new legislation, patients and/or parents of patients have a whole new set of alternatives to treat autism and will be greatly benefited and at the end of the day that's what matters. And hopefully, as the treatments are prescribed and more benefits can be seen in the patients, it will become more widely used and available.


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