What do you think about medical marijuana for behavior?

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Registered: 09-30-2011
What do you think about medical marijuana for behavior?
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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 12:37pm

A friend of mine shared this story on Facebook, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  The parents' autistic child is violent and harms himself, the video is just heartbreaking.  They have found that medical marijuana calms him down and allows his true personality to come out.  I'm glad that it's working for this family but concerned over the long term effects of using the drug.  Maybe it doesn't matter though?  

http://www.kptv.com/story/20660400/medical-marijuana-used-to-treat-autism?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8224596

 

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Registered: 11-14-2008

Gosh, the videos are so heartbreaking. In their shoes, I'd probably do the same; it's about weighing the immediate benefits to their child, which are apparent, against the possibility of something that may or may not effect the future. Tough call to make, by anyone's standards.

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Registered: 06-14-1999

My (uneducated) concern would be that if this child in fact grows up to have a mood disorder, as my oldest daughter does, then marijuana at that young age will make it worse.  She had many symptoms growing up that suggested autism spectrum, but was never formally dx'd.  When she left home at 18 she started smoking maurijuana.  The doctors said this sped up the onset, and made the symptoms worse for her bipolar which was dx'd at 19.  Thankfully, she doesn't use this drug anymore.

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Registered: 02-17-2004

Long term effects of this mood altering drug versus the long term effects of the mood altering drugs available in the mental health field.  Hmmm...

I don't think the conversation should be about using it.  I think the conversation should be about the point of abusing it.

Just my thoughts.

Karen