Why Medical Cannabis Helps ASD

As a person with Asperger’s / on the Autism Spectrum, it is very hard for me to simply except that something works without understanding why and knowing all of the facts.

After experiencing the near miraculous effects of CBD hemp oil on my stomach and insomnia, I’ve been doing a lot researching  about the medicinal properties of cannabis.

The more I dig, the more I realize that there are some things about this naturally occurring plant that our government and the medical industry may not want us to know. It is impossible for me to ignore the things that I am finding, and I feel obligated to speak out against the lies that many of us have been told for some time.

Medical cannabis is big business but keeping this amazing plant illegal is bigger business due to the lobbyists fighting to prevent access to this medicine.

This is NOT a medical marijuana blog.  This is an Autism blog. The more I dig, the more I realize that these two issues are somehow connected.

In a video that I watched earlier this afternoon there is some discussion and explanation as to why this plant seems to be helpful for Aspies and people like me. Please feel free to watch the video in its entirety, however I have started it where it is most relevant to those with AS.

Upscale TV Episode 3 – Wonderful World of Medical Hemp & CBD by Upscale Media

Watch video here.

More videos and links can be found here.

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15 thoughts on “Why Medical Cannabis Helps ASD”

  1. My brother is currently getting assessed for autism. He’s a long time smoker, and it’s always been a help. Always. It calms down his body language, for a start. And it calms down his speech.

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        1. I have not been assessed for ADHD. I personally do not feel that this diagnosis belongs with someone who is on the Autism Spectrum because all of the symptoms of ADHD can be explained, and are also often symptoms of just being Autistic. Technically until 2013 ADHD was not supposed to be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum “disorder” because AS better explained the symptoms, however in the DSM 5 they made a change that technically allows it, however I still believe this double label is not particularly helpful, since all of my “ADHD” like symptoms can be explained by my Autism. Also, there is a tendency to medicate people and kids with ADHD symptoms, where as kids with the same symptoms who are simply labeled as being on the Autism Spectrum are generally accepted as having a different way of thinking. I tried ADHD medications in high school (they belonged to a friend and were not prescribed) and they did allow me to focus, however they erased some of the things that I would say define my “me-ness”. I hate that the ADHD lable implies that there is something “wrong” with a person, as the AS label sometimes do. I really do not think there is anything wrong with me, I am just wired differently than the “norm” and sometimes that baffles people who do not think like I do. 🙂

          Additionally – if you want to get super nerdy (as I often do):

          As in DSM-IV, the final criteria is determining that an individuals ADHD symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder. In DSM-IV, this was stated as:

          “The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a pervasive developmental disorders, schizophrenia, or other psychotic disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.”

          This has been changed to “The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.”

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          1. Wow!! Thanks for so much info! It’s only in the last few months that autism has been brought up in regards to my brother, so I don’t know much about it. I do know he’s always been wired differently; he doesn’t understand body language at all, for one thing. We’re very close in age (he was adopted) so we developed our own short hand kind of language that references our personal memories and cartoons and films we like. While that works for us on a one-to-one level, I know he gets angry at times when other people look to me to act as ‘interpreter’ for what he says.

            So far the medication he’s on helps slow him down a bit, which he needed. He’s far better right now at communicating with others, and he’s even able to learn more Dutch. Sleep is still a problem for him, tho. I’m glad the doctors are looking into autism. It was never something I thought of before, tho I recognized all the signs.

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          2. I am not a medical professional, so please do consider that when reading my opinions. It seems like a lot of people on the spectrum get frustrated and angry due to communication difficulties. As he learns to communicate more effectively, hopefully some of his frustrations will be alleviated. Having someone who tries to understand him and let him know that there is nothing wrong with him will be extremely valuable to him as he learns and grows. Childhood and adolescence is a hard time for many Aspies, we feel different and sometimes defective until we learn that our differences can actually become our strengths.

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  2. Medical cannabis is a miracle for my aspie boyfriend, and we are fortunate to have it (medically) legal in our state. I saw in the comments, your conversation about ADHD (which I am diagnosed with) and Asperger’s and it’s interesting because first, by boyfriend was diagnosed with ADHD, and later with Asperger’s. He was actually diagnosed by a panel of autism specialists. I can see that the two diagnoses can really overlap. I really enjoy your site!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments. Part of me can not help but wonder if ADHD is in some shade an Autism Spectrum situation, to a lesser degree. Both “conditions” tend to be tied to extremely intelligent people, so these symptoms might also be tied to the way a brilliant mind works – faster than everyone else. 🙂 Although, I am not a medical professional, so this is just a theory from my years of being told that I was “too smart for my own good”.

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