The Medical Marijuana Review Panel has made their case two months ago that marijuana could ease severe autism side effects to a more calming degree and the motion is now considered for approval in Michigan. It’s already known to relieve the unfortunate side effects of glaucoma, cancer, HIV or hepatitis C, but the same could be permitted for autism.
In spite of some reviews advising on the opposite, more and more parents are turning to medical marijuana to alleviate the more severe symptoms of autism in their children. With the use of olive oil infused with the plant, they have reported a sign of improvement in seizures and other effects of the crippling disorder.
Certain parents have already began treating their children with the use of medical marijuana, who have achieved a more normal life since its use, such as walking and talking like any child their age. It has reportedly improved lives that were meant to be difficult and offered a slither of hope to families all around.
While its use is still highly controversial among doctors and other medical practitioners, parents are hoping that it will soon be approved to combat the more severe cases of autism. However, they have their work cut out for them, with organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Safe Alternatives to Marijuana fighting against them.
However, it should be taken into consideration that beneficial effects have been observed and it could prove to be an efficient alternative to the usually expensive prescription drugs that serve the same purpose. So far though, it’s not approved, yet it’s still used.
It has been suggested that medical marijuana is used as an “off-label” treatment to lessen side effects of autism, as it’s already FDA approved for other illnesses and this should not construe as a different matter as long as it’s helpful.
While doctors claim that its use should be reserved only for aggressive behaviors and meltdowns in autistic children, parents are not likely to shy away from any means to improve the lives of their family. They are fighting for their lives, and clinging to every way to make it better could be seen as nothing less than reasonable.
It remains to be seen if the medical panel, gathered on Monday, will decide in favor of marijuana as treatment for autism and add it to the list of conditions for which its use is approved.
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