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Left coast liberal Donating Member (889 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 09:53 PM
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Treat autism with marijuana: one woman's story
Last year, Risperdal was prescribed for more than 389,000 children240,000 of them under the age of 12for bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, and other disorders. Yet the drug has never been tested for long-term safety in children and carries a severe warning of side effects.

From 2000 to 2004, 45 pediatric deaths were attributed to Risperdal and five other popular drugs also classified as atypical antipsychotics, according to a review of FDA data by USA Today.

Disturbed by the reality of Risperdal, she decided to try something else. With the blessings of her doctor, she applied for and got a medical marijuana license and began to provide marijuana to her son and has been able to see and document the life changing difference.

She baked cookies and made a weak infused tea and has worked hard to find an appropriate dosage and way to administer that worked the best. But the direct evidence for her is how her son is reacting to the new treatment.

"Since we started him on his "special tea," Js little face, which is sometimes a mask of pain, has softened. He smiles more. For the last year, his individual education plan at his special-needs school was full of blanks, recording no progress because he spent his whole day an irritated, frustrated mess. Now, Aprils report shows real progress, including two community outings with the absence of aggressions.

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-19093-Seattle-Specia...
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-06-09 03:59 PM
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1. WTF is an anti-psychotic doing be given to people on the spectrum?
Ritalin is fine, SSRIs are fine, but there is no reason that autistics should be on Risperdal. Autism is neurologically the OPPOSITE of psychotic disorders.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-06-09 06:55 PM
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2. Someone very close to me
Edited on Fri Nov-06-09 07:01 PM by Kajsa
took Mellaril for a number of years.
(No, he wasn't on the spectrum)
It did and then it didn't help, and he finally had to gradually ween
himself off of it. Not fun, at all.

I couldn't imagine anything CLOSE to that stuff for someone with
autism!!

:(
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-06-09 06:58 PM
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3. It sounds like he's getting
help from the tea and making good progress.

If it helps him, good!!
:)

Thanks for sharing this,LcL.

:) :hi:
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