“Although there are still many doctors who do not want to prescribe cannabis because of the lack of more comprehensive studies, there are also many families who have tried it successfully on their children. CBD-rich oils seem to be an effective tool for improving the social skills of people with autism. Until now, what is known is that cannabis can influence the endocannabinoid system and increase the production of oxytocin and anandamide. This contributes to people with this disorder to not isolate themselves so much and feel better when relating to others. Some medical experts who support the use of medical marijuana are openly recommending cannabis oil to treat autism”
Talking about therapeutic cannabis is talking about the numerous properties it has to treat insomnia, stress or anxiety, but also to slow the progress of more complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis. However, less is said about the effect that marijuana has on autism. And many are interested in it.
Cannabis Science, a medical cannabis development company based in Colorado (United States), incorporated its scientific advice to Mieko Hester-Perez a few months ago. Hester-Perez became known among the public after the success that his son, autistic, Joey experimented with a variety cultivated by herself. Since she began treating her child’s symptoms with marijuana, the mother saw a positive development. It was not that he completely healed it, but somehow it improved his life.
Talking about therapeutic cannabis, it is about the numerous properties that treat insomnia, stress or anxiety, but also to slow the progress of more complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis. However, less is said about the effect of cannabis oil to treat autism. And many are interested in it.
The Incredible Story of Mieko Hester-Perez and her autistic son Joey
Cannabis Science, a medical cannabis development company based in Colorado (United States), incorporated its scientific advice to Mieko Hester-Perez a few months ago. Hester-Perez became known among the public after the success that his autistic son with medical marijuana. She experimented her son Joey with a marijuana variety cultivated by herself. Since she began treating her child’s symptoms with marijuana, the mother saw a positive development. It was not that he completely healed it, but somehow it improved his life.
Hester-Perez began using cannabis when her son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. By then, he was already taking 13 different drugs, which would add a cocktail of several drugs with a certain documented toxicity. Looking for something less invasive, he began to experiment with infusions; Soon, her son began to make eye contact with her, to have more appetite and to gain a few pounds. After several years with this treatment, Joey was more happy and sociable.
Hester-Perez’s subsequent appearance in the media made his case known. In addition, she created a foundation to help children with medical problems. Thus, it has become an essential source of many families seeking advice to treat the illness of children with autism. Her work has reached the point where in 2016 she launched an app called The Joey Network (iOS and Android), a tool for patients with autism that includes the latest developments in the cannabis world and videos for their interest.
Can I prescribe Cannabis oil to treat Autism?
In the United States, many doctors still do not know what to do to prescribe cannabis to autistic children because they are in a kind of vicious circle: they do not prescribe it because there are no studies on their effects on them, there are also fears to try marijuana on children. Even so, the experiences of children who have tried cannabis oil to treat Autism from their parents’ hands have shown that they are happier and healthier.
Dr. Daniele Piomelli, who is one of the world’s leading specialists in neuroscience and endocannabinoid research, believes that we must keep an eye on what these parents say. He would not prescribe cannabis at this time, but he is aware that there is a lot of interest in it and that we have to listen to all the ‘anecdotes’ that arise around these treatments.
Perhaps the most famous case is that of Charlotte Figi, an American girl who was known in the cannabis world after her severe autism, caused by Dravet’s syndrome, improved with therapeutic marijuana. She suffered about 3000 epileptic seizures a week, until her parents gave her two daily doses of our recommended cannabis oil with a very high concentration of CBD; The number of seizures fell by 99% and their relationship with others improved markedly.
The Stanley brothers had created the strain that helped Charlotte in her treatment and called it Charlotte’s Web in her honor. It is now being sold at a cost price in Colorado, where therapeutic marijuana is legal.
A similar experience took place in Puerto Rico. In 2015 the story of Kalel Santiago, a 9-year-old boy who had autism and who uttered his first words after taking cannabis oil, was discovered. Twice a day, he took a spray with hemp oil rich in CBD. Two days later, a teacher informed the parents that the child had spoken at school.
To date in Israel, the Ministry of Health grants very few permits to investigate the effects of marijuana on patients with autism. In August 2016 a study was announced with 120 autistic children and adults who would be treated with marijuana oil rich in CBD. The parents of the children are very hopeful with the clinical results.
On the other hand, the Minnesota Department of Health in the United States recently refused to include autism in the list of disorders that could access therapeutic cannabis. The department had been asked to include illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia. However, they argued that there was insufficient evidence to accept its use and only approved it among those patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The endocannabinoid system, key in the treatment of autism
Few studies have been done on the relationship between cannabis and autism. Although there are already investigations that have highlighted the importance of the endocannabinoid system for the treatment of this disorder. According to scientists from Genoa, California and the Basque Country, when such a system is weak, autism is generated. However, activating the CB1 receptor creates more oxytocin, which is responsible for rewarding the person for interacting with others. In addition, oxytocin would be mixed with anandamide, the happiness molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain. In this way, the stimulation of the endocannabinoid system helps that people with autism not to isolate themselves so much and feel better when dealing with others.
Therefore, cannabis could be a great tool to treat the symptoms of autism and only need to be more conclusive studies on its action. Family experiences are proving that uit is ok to use cannabis oil to treat autism. It is only necessary that science continues to advance in what brave parents decided to investigate on their own.