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“We have used cannabis for a year now, here in Washington State. My son has a diagnosis of Autism, generalized anxiety and PTSD from school. He also has encopresis. We were living in hell on pharmaceuticals that were doing him harm and a prescriber that was making good guesses. My son was missing school, pulling out his hair, depressed, and had little control over his bowels and was in severe pain. He was anxious to go even to places he liked. Our whole family was living our lives around his symptoms and how to help him. I did what I was told even though my mother’s intuition said this was wrong. My good friend and colleague had decided to use CBD and suggested we try it. So we did. On our last appointment to our prescriber we had an open discussion about my son taking CBD. He reported me to CPS in the following week.”
“Nate has severe autism and a history of severe self-injury and aggression towards others. We are originally from Wisconsin, where we lived until 2012 when we moved to Missouri. During the 2.5 years we were in that state, my son’s behaviors became extremely violent. He was kicked out of school and out of an adult day program for individuals with developmental disabilities. He literally ripped half of his own bottom lip completely off and to this day has numerous scars on his hands and legs from other self-injury. He was abusive and dangerous to our entire family. We attempted to have him hospitalized in an inpatient psychiatric facility numerous times; around 30 attempts to get help for him over those 2.5 years but they only took him 4 times, for 4-5 days each stay. During those hospitalizations, they just kept adding more and more psychotropic medications until he was at a point where he slept up to 18 hours/day and when he wasn’t sleeping, he was violent and self-injurious – increasingly so. He was taking up to 18 pills/day towards the end of our residency in that state.”
“Before starting cannabis, Michelle was in a completely debilitated state. She had severe autism, severe oral aversion, severe chronic systemic inflammation, feeding tube dependent, chronic infections, intractable seizures, chronic pain and Crohn’s disease, to name a few.”
“Now, three and a half years into treatment with cannabis, she has made remarkable gains.”
“What has Cannabis done for my son? It has been an amazing journey, and has changed my son’s life, my life, and my family for the better, its nothing short of a miracle.”
“My son was diagnosed at age 13 as being on the Autism Spectrum. The next 5 years became a nightmare as we watched our happy, intelligent son fall down the rabbit hole, helpless to stop it.”
“Gabriella, 20 years old . Currently using homemade Plant matter capsules of decarbed Purple Urkle strain with drops of homemade infused THC oil of the Gorilla Glue #4 strain ( approximately 6 drops of infused oil per capsule. Dosage is currently 12mg in the morning and doubled at evening dose to 24mg . Dosing at 7:30 AM and 7:30PM.”
“Benefits we seen is her self injurious behavior has not been seen. She las a long history of SIB’s in particular biting the tops of her hands. I never thought the tops of her hand would ever have a chance to heal and they are ! If anyone has ever experienced there child injuring themselves and literally mutilating themselves it’s horrendous to see and hear.”
“Nicholas, 20 years old : current dosing and strain is homemade Plant matter capsules using decarbed strain of Grape Ape and adding THC infused oil drops ( using homemade oil infusion) of the AK-47 strain, adding approximately 6 drops at the moment of the THC infused oil. Dosing currently is 22/23mg capsule at 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM. Benefits we have seen are incredible and we have had a lot of trial and error over 4 -5 months.”
“I take care of my sister (27) who has severe autism & CP. She was a very happy child and happy baby but when she became a teenager and young adult is when she became physically violent. when she was about 18 she was placed in a group home after standing over my moms bed with knifes. At this point in her life she would attack anyone and everyone she could get her hands on.”
M.W. wrote – “My son has a handful of different diagnoses, perhaps the most significant being intractable epilepsy and moderate-severe autism. He took Keppra in large doses which exacerbated the aggressive tendencies associated with his autism. This quickly became the perfect storm in which resulted in my sweet little boy attacking us, his parents, every day. He punched us, kicked, pulled hair, and even began to choke me. He was seizing, and nothing was helping. Something had to change, so we moved to a state with legal access.”
L.F. wrote – “Seizures are the scariest thing that you can watch your child endure. They make me freeze and the only thought that goes through my head is ‘please don’t die’. No mother or father should ever have to see their child suffer with a seizure. I followed Charlottes Story from Charlottes Web in awe and knowing that this would be something I would try because AEDs scared me because of the horrific side effects. My son has been seizure free for 4 years on meds and we are finally weaning him off of medications because we feel safe having cannabis on board as we wean. I’m looking forward to getting him off the medication which will take us about a year going slowly. I’m so glad I live in CA where we have had access to this life saving plant medications for our kids.”
M.D. wrote – “I have a severely autistic son that is 16 years old. We started this journey when he was 14. We had been trying all different medications on him to help control his behavior. I fear our next step was to try anti-psychotics in the hopes of keeping him in the home with his family.”
“In July of (2015), we were at our wit’s end with my son’s aggression and also his punching of his chest which had morphed into banging his chin on hard surfaces, like the keyboard and remote controls and countertop. His chin would get bruised and swollen and bleed, and even though I could tell it hurt because he would cry, he couldn’t stop himself from doing it. I started investigating CBD oil on the Internet, I listened to a webinar on using cannabis oil for autism and found out that the THC is what really works for the aggression and self-injurious behaviors associated with autism.”
J.L. wrote – “R is a 27 year old mentally handicapped man with autistic tendencies. He has been on Risperdone since he was 13 years old. Up until the age of 21, R was a hyper, happy, loud, energetic young man. We had tried trazadone for sleep along the way with minimal success to help him sleep better. At one point we put R on a psych drug to help try to calm the hyper a little more. This was one of the worst decisions we had ever made. Rage came out full force. It had caused him to have to leave the last summer school session he would be in before transitioning into an adult day program. Eight weeks we (the family) had endured something we had never ever in our lives ever thought we would see. Our son was so psychotic and unmanageable. The state had no help to offer us. I called numerous places and all were dead ends. Psych Dr. kept switching medicines and nothing was working. They offered us respite to take a break from our son. That was not an option.”
T.D. wrote – “C had been on some form of medication since she was a little over 2 finally about February 2017. The Drs told me that there was nothing more they could do no more medicines to SAFELY try which i use the word safely loosely with all the side effects but all these medicines either didn’t work at all or caused numerous bad effects from self injurious behaviors to extreme mood swings she was covered in bruises bleeding and had bumps everywhere pretty much everyday.”
L.S. wrote – “We started our Cannabis journey in 2013 when D was 16 years old. D was much older than most who have begun their healing journey, believe me the healing is possible no matter the age. D has had intractable Epilepsy since a newborn at 9 days old and has suffered daily seizures most of her life. As she has gotten older her autistic behaviors have became more apparent and she does 6 stims (repetitious behaviors) all the time with NO breaks in between.”
L.H. wrote – “Where do I start? We began the medical use of Cannibas in February 2017. We were looking to find a saving grace for our 17 year old son, who was having huge aggressive outbursts. We had no idea what we were doing, but we were so blessed to find WPA4A group on fb and they have been a tremendous help along the journey, doing their very best to guide me.
J.W. wrote – “We started using cannabis with our son when he was 6 years old. We had exhausted all other options. he has been diagnosed with severe adhd, mild autism, spd, dyspraxia, anxiety and a language disorder. He was under weight, aggressive, non affectionate, couldn’t sleep, unable to learn, impulsive, and just miserable.
D.H. wrote – “Living in an illegal state, I have only been able to try CBD oil on my 8 year old son. He’s severely autistic, non-verbal, ADHD and SPD. The small doses of CBD oil we gave for four months didn’t have any impact on him. I know he needs THC and it kills me to be in Illinois, where the government stops me from treating my son naturally with a plant.
N.D. wrote – “Cannabis has literally changed my life! I used to work at a hospital and one day I was helping a patient who lost his balance and long story short I caught him to keep him from hitting his head which was good for him but bad for me. I ended up with 7 bulging discs and permanent nerve damage. I could barely walk. It ended my new career as a respiratory therapist. I was devastated!
C.V. wrote – “My daughter is 8 and has autism. I started using the CBD/Thc gummies and they helped and then added the oils and had someone make some cookies.”
“The aggressive behavior calms, she is more like the child before she lost her words. Before she was lost to Autism. When seizures happen, it’s so hard to get her back and I want to be able to do more. I am tired of the stigma that people have MM. I know it changes things and I want to see it change her more. She can do anything if we help her the right way.”