When actor Jim Carrey co-opted the character of a distressed boy diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in an attempt to back up the actor’s perspective about vaccines, he inadvertently got people focused on TSC, which unlike vaccines, that have to do with autism. In utilizing the role of Alex Echols, for which actor Jim Carrey later apologized, Carrey may also have brought attention to another topic of conversation in autism circles: the use of cannabis as a therapy method.

Alex’s mother and father have a blog where they have written about Alex and his needs for many years. Among those needs, they go back and forth in a discussion about therapeutic cannabis, which they have said helps Alex with his self-injurious behaviors.
The Echols are not alone in their convictions abut cannabis as an intervention for neurological issues. A good amount of parents and some clinicians also have stated that the plant and its active chemical might provide an efficient treatment for some of these severe behaviors in correlation to autism and for schizophrenia, as well.

Just various other outlets of neuroactive compounds, marijuana has double the possibility to hold an advantage or become damaging, depending on which compound is the focus. One of its active ingredients, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC, acts through a signaling system that incorporates some of the same components associated with a typical signaling in schizophrenia. In reference to Tori Rodriguez, writing at Psychiatry Advisor, research have displayed interesting parallels between altered brain function measures in individuals with schizophrenia and people who were under the influence of marijuana.

Thus, THC, it seems, is ‘pro-psychotic’ and there is a chicken-egg question about whether or not it adds to the growth or onset of psychosis reeled issues such as schizophrenia or if people with such symptoms might be more likely to reach out for it as self-medication.
The only known US Food and Drug Administration approved cannabis related medicine that is currently available is a synthetic version of THC, for alleviating nausea and vomiting related to various cancer treatments and weight loss in connection with AIDS. Though there is not much on the approved drug table for individuals who have schizophrenia.


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