Can medical marijuana treat ADD and autism?
Published on 8/8/16
Marijuana, Cannabis Sativa is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, meaning a high potential for abuse and no medical value. But rather than fighting to prove it's medical value, advocates know it works and are more interested in exactly how many illnesses it can treat. A now financial advisor for a medical dispensary in Arizona had his mind turned upside down when he first tried medical marijuana with his young daughter, who was non-responsive for several years before trying the drug. Plagued by daily seizures, she was unable to develop or even make eye contact. Needless to say it was an emotional day when his daughter began smiling and crawling around. Since using cannabis her seizures shrunk to one every few months. This child success story with cannabis is not the only one, and the sooner research is conducted the sooner we will know how many children and adults can benefit from 1 simple plant. Medical marijuana use in minors has become more accepted in certain places, but when considering the alternatives of Adderall and Ritalin, which are meth based drugs to treat ADD, cannabis could be the best and safest alternative, but we won't know until we try.
"Up until this point, I had been anti-marijuana. I was simply a desperate parent," describes Holyoak.
"The single and sole difference between a child that's non-responsive, unable to feed herself and is in a wheelchair, and the bright, vibrant, loving and beautiful girl we have today is marijuana. That's the only difference," said Holyoak.
"The standard treatment today for ADHD are drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, which are essentially methamphetamine. There needs to be more research on it," said Holyoak. "If this could be an alternative treatment to many of those other extremely harmful drugs, what a blessing that would be for all of us."