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Physicians will not prescribe marijuana to treat autism in children because no information exists to support such a course of therapy . However, the research does not exist because of medical establishment worries about marijuana testing, with its many active compounds seen as conceivably uncontrollable variables, on children. In the absence of practical information, however, is a growing body of anecdotal proof that marijuana is making autistic children healthier and happier. Some physicians are listening.

Doctor Daniele Piomelli, one of the world’s top neuroscientists and endocannabinoid researchers stated, “Anecdotes should not be dismissed.” The University of California-Irvine faculty member will not consider prescribing marijuana at this time, but is aware of the increasing desire for it. Piomelli continued, “An anecdote is a pointer. It’s something that suggests something needs to be either proven or disproven.”

One scientist attempting to do just that is Doctor Giovanni Martinez, a clinical psychologist in Puerto Rico. His alternative treatment includes his creation of SURF4DEM, a foundation that introduces children and families affected by autism to the therapeutic benefits of surfing. Martinez is studying the therapeutic possibilities of treating children who have autism with CBD oil, and reports positive results. He recounted one particular case in which a child he treated spoke his first words after receiving a twice-daily spray of hemp oil. After three weeks, the child went from being non-verbal to developing considerable language skills.

Martinez stated, “initially the child would become so frustrated with his inability to communicate, he would would act out and injure himself. But, now that he can express himself, he laughs and enjoys life.” Martinez continued, “It’s incredible to see a child go from being non-communicative to achieving a significant improvement in quality of life, for both the child and his family.”

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In December, Nicole and Ernie Nunez brought their beautiful baby girl, Amylea, into the world. Doctors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the family is from, were unable to find a cause and unable to treat young Amylea. Nicole stays at the hospital in Aurora while Ernie drives back and forth to take care of the couple’s other children and to work.

“The medication she’s on is hard for her liver, and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not so bad on her body,” Ernie said, explaining why the couple has decided to use cannabis oil.

When the family heard about the seemingly miraculous effects of the cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web, they became hopeful and set out to get it for their daughter. Charlotte’s Web is a strain of cannabis named after a young girl, Charlotte Figi, whose life it quite literally saved. Her parents found a strain of cannabis that turned their daughter’s suffering completely around.

“I sat for a good three weeks fighting with the doctors and trying to talk them into giving me the okay,” Nicole said.

“I’ve been working with the case study team and the neurology team here at children’s and I’m hopeful this will work.” This week, doctors finally agreed to let the cannabis oil into the hospital to treat Amylea.

According to the family, Amylea is the first and youngest patient to ever receive cannabis oil as a treatment in a hospital. The significance of cannabis oil being used to treat an infant in a hospital should not be overlooked. What this move effectively illustrates is that cannabis is a viable medical option, and its current classification by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug is as absurd as it is immoral. The Free Thought Project recently reported on the findings of a study that showed cannabis oil to be a highly effective treatment for intractable epilepsy. Of 261 patients given CBD treatment, 45% experienced a significant reduction in seizure frequency, and 9% were seizure-free at three months. When the same amazing plant that has cured cancer, saved the lives of epileptic children, and treated countless others, is being used in a hospital in one state, while being the cause for kidnapping and imprisonment by police in another state, something must be done.

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The War on Drugs has been going on for several decades now with the intent of protecting the children of the United States, but a recent report decided to challenge this. The report – “What About the Children?” – suggests that efforts to fight the rising number of illicit drugs in the United States have actually done the opposite, sucking children into addiction and jail.

The new report published by Count the Costs, a global drug reform group, suggest that five decades of protesting against illicit drugs has resulted in entirely negative results. The report also shows that the DEA has forced the drug trade underground, which means that the United States has forced an environment of discrimination and racism. Even worse, the entire corrupt system has decided to spend billions of tax dollars to keep the war going.

The report then suggests that through covering up as public safety, young people have been singled out by a War on Drugs, which has merely yielded violence, struggles and leave Americans easily incarcerated under extreme conditions void of the opportunity to receive the “American dream.”

“This war, while declared in the name of protecting young people from the ‘drug threat,’ has ironically exposed them to far greater harm. The War on Drugs is, in reality, a war on people,” the report states.

Still, as the report highlights the ridiculousness of the war, there are still indications that this insanity may be largely held within if the United States would just act like states where marijuana has been legalized. Some of the most important stats from the Bureau of Justice suggest that most drug-related arrests are just for possession and not production.

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According to a new study on children in New Zealand, using cannabis during pregnancy produces kids who score better on certain brain development tests. On the other hand, alcohol had the opposite effect. When the two drugs were mixed, the kids tended to perform averagely. However, optometry and psychology researchers who conducted the study warned that women should not smoke marijuana because the study also shows that those same children ended up scoring worse on other brain development tests.

The study contained 165 children aged 4 and below; they were instructed to watch multiple dots on a computer screen and indicate in what direction the dots were moving. This was to measure visual discrimination in the brain called global motion perception. Arijit Chakraborty of Auckland University compared the test to spotting a single car at a busy intersection. Chakraborty and his co-researchers discovered that the scores were remarkably better in those children whose mothers used cannabis during pregnancy than those who did not. The more the mothers smoked, the better the test results were.

The children from mothers who drank during pregnancy did worse than those children whose mothers did not drink. However, none of these kids were diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. The more the mothers drank, the worse the scores were. It turned out that neither nicotine nor methamphetamine had an effect on visual measures in children.

The researchers’ paper was published in the journal Scientific Reports and reports that if they could repeat the canceling-out that occurred when alcohol and cannabis were mixed, then they would be able to research “new ways to prevent or ameliorate the ill effects of prenatal drug exposure.” However, Chakraborty states that women should wait for the results of the study before trying their experiments here:

“We are not recommending on the basis of our findings to start smoking marijuana. Previous studies suggest marijuana had some ill effects on other neurodevelopmental domains. One improvement in one particular neurodevelopmental domain does not suggest holistically the brain is performing better.”


Twenty-five children in Idaho currently have to live through sundry seizures, but they will soon be able to have an experimental medical marijuana that experts believe will be of great benefit to them. An April executive order from Government Butch Otter will allow for restricted use of the medical marijuana. Otter approve this order after vetoing a lesser limited legislation that would have allowed for marijuana extract to be used in children with severe seizure disorders. The Idaho program lets 25 children to use the cannabidiol or CBD oil.

However, estimates of the children who would need the drug for their conditions equate to as high as 1,500; experts say they cannot come up with an exact number, however, because there are no records of all children suffering from epilepsy on hand. The only children in Idaho who are edible are those who have received medicine and still have four or more seizures a month. Claire Carey has a 10-year-old daughter named Alexis who has been suffering from seizures since she was two months old; according to Carey, the process is “frustrating.”

“They’re helping 25 children at most. It just made me lose all hope. The only way we are going to get access in Idaho is with a federal bill,” Carey said to The Spokesman-Review.

Idaho’s disapproval against any marijuana puts the state alone when comparing it to the surrounding states. Even Utah and Wyoming have recently legalized CBD to help treat children who suffer from severe epilepsy. Parents who pleaded for the medicine at hearings sadly described what it felt like to see their own suffering from seizures that even the strongest of drugs with awful side-effects could not halt. After hearing that many kids found relief for these seizures through CBD oil, many hope that it becomes much more widespread for their children.

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Individuals who are overreacting with fallacies about the kids is a valid election ploy, yet there is a cap on how much guano the voters will allow. The inept Proposal 1 campaign this past spring made an attempt to sway us on the lives of children that were at risk if we did not vote yes on the convoluted tax and spending plan, and then racked up one of the largest rejections of a ballot proposal in state history.

Another tough obstacle of this theory might be approached before the year is finished. This time, we will be asked to defend the kids wellbeing from marijuana.

Recreational cannabis is currently legal in four states, and a crucial debate on the matter in Michigan looks to evident. Signatures are being obtained for a few different citizens initiated laws that would go to the voters for their approval if one is not validated by lawmakers.

While polling currently displays low majority support for legalization, that will not be sufficient enough to carry it across the end zone if the perception gains a hold that legalization means putting more marijuana in the possession of children. However regulating and monitoring a currently lawless industry should give more tools for protecting kids, the “save the children” scare tactics is the only true weapon opponents of marijuana legalization have left.

They will utilize it. Asked previously this year in correlation o the marijuana legalization plans, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stated he is not for the “so-called recreational drugs” and stated keeping it away from kids as his motive.

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