Cannabis for Autism: Stories of Hope

March 1, 2016

texIs cannabis useful in the treatment of autism?

Two years ago, along with my friend AmyLou Fawell, I co-founded an organization called Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA). AmyLou and I were overwhelmed by the response. Families around the world have contacted us asking about cannabis and autism.  Many of these families are wanting to change local and federal laws in hopes of gaining access. Some families who have been able to access the plant legally have shared their testimonies, and a few have been able to document their results on video. MAMMA decided to compile some of the video footage to share a few of the remarkable stories we’ve encountered.

The last month has been an emotional rollercoaster for us. Watching videos, selecting segments, talking with families about their experiences, and trying to tell these stories in a few short minutes has been enlightening, moving, stressful, and humbling to say the least.  There are many families who weren’t included and a lot more footage that didn’t make the final version. We wish we could have included everyone and everything, but it simply wasn’t possible. Suffice it to say, there are many similar stories of families who were desperate and found an answer. We hope there will be many more in the future.

Is cannabis useful in the treatment of autism? Watch and tell us what you think.

 

 

For more science, testimonials, articles, and information, please visit our new website at www.MAMMAusa.org

~ Tex

Special thanks to Virginie Chriqui and the families who participated in the making of this video. Thank you for your big hearts.

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8 Responses to Cannabis for Autism: Stories of Hope

  1. Wendy says:

    I did this 2 years ago. 90 minutes after her first dose of bhang cbd chocolate, we had full onset self initiated speech, she asked questions, spoke thoughts, went to walmart without 1 incident and was there over 2 hours, she spoke to strangers…it was amazing. I was arrested the next day. The charges were subsuquently dropped, but the wonderous thing since then. We discontinued use, but much like a stroke victim relearning to walk or talk, the pathway has been formed and we are measuring her progress by the month not years. I know her progress would be further along had we kept it up, but she astonishes everyone eberyday.

  2. I BELIEVE GOD PUT PLANTS ON EARTH FOR US TO USE WHEN AND IF WE NEED THEM IF NOT HE WOULD HAVE MADE THEM WHERE WE CAN’T EAT THEM . I HAD A REAL WISE DOCTOR TELL ME ONE TIME IF WE WOULD WATCH THE ANIMALS AND LEARN FROM THEM WE WOULD KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW TO FEED OUR CHILDREN SHE SAID A DOG DOESN’T GIVE HER BABIES FOOD EVERY TIME THEY WHINE SHE HAS THEM ON A SCHEDULE AND SHE IS SO RIGHT IF WE WOULD KEEP OUR CHILDREN ON A SCHEDULE THERE WOULDN’T BE SO MANY OBESE CHILDREN IN THE WORLD. WELL THE SAME GOES FOR THE PLANTS GOD SUPPLIED TO US FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES ETC. SO WHY NOT HELP THESE PEOPLE HERE WITH SOMETHING GOD BLESSED WHEN HE PUT IT HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HEARING THE CRIES OF THE PEOPLE

  3. Jennifer Abbanat says:

    Cannabis has been life changing for our son and our family. He’s only 11 1/2- but his severe autism behaviors and comorbidities (ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bi-polar, and list goes on)… nothing was effective in helping our son. And he only was growing, getting bigger and stronger. We absolutely tried the “traditional” route in all therapies, medications…. and the meds only made things worse for him. His system could not tolerate any of it. Desperate after ER visits, police being called to the house, him continuing to put himself and our family in danger- and having no where else to turn- we got “the note” from his psychiatrist and after 6 months of trying to dial in on dosing, what works for him- he still lives in our home, he is so much less aggressive, he plays , he sleeps, – there are so many positives it’s hard to believe not everyone can access Cannabis. Based on my son’s story- our families story- no other child or family should have to suffer when Cannabis exists. It’s wrong- So glad we live where we do and could access Cannabis- it has brought back hope to our family- it keeps our family together- it is helping our son when nothing else did! Keep up the good fight- we have to advocate for our kids!

  4. Marcia Eckert says:

    Beautifully made video. I am a Grandmother of a challenged teen. I also have Fibromyalgia. There are many with Fibromyalgia whose lives have been improved with legalized medicinal marijuana. I am not one of those. I live in Florida. Neither is my Grandson. He is in NC. If people only realized the medicinal oil does not get one high. I do not wish to smoke it. I would not do that. I do not and have never smoked cigarettes. Neither will I smoke marijuana. I do not wish an early death or illnesses more than what I already suffer. I just want to get through the remainder of my life with less pain and a more normal life. I want the same for my Grandson. Thank you for the work you have done to support our causes.

  5. Maria Belkadi says:

    This needs to bought to a national level. Our children continuing to suffer is no longer acceptable! We must vote, March and shout it from the rooftops until something is done. No child or family should be made to suffer this way for life. We must not give up! We must stand up and fight for our loved ones!

  6. Lyz says:

    This is my niece Rachel. I remember her being a normal baby with no problems. She ran around and played with my children as a infant. She was normal. It breaks my heart because I had pictures and videos of this but my phone was stolen. If people only knew how wonderful you all are sharing this. Thank you

  7. Lora Barbour says:

    Keep it up! It’s a battle worth fighting for. Cannabis has given our family a new lease on life. Genny ( FB purple ribbon journey) is 17yrs old, with epilepsy and autism. She qualifies under epilepsy to be a MMJ cardholder in NJ. We have been in the Courts for one year to allow disabled children access to their medicine at school. First in the nation to allow it. This is the best medicine these children have ever had. Next year, we climb to Federal Court, to allow the school nurse to administer the medicine. It is a medicine, God given, in plant form, just like all the pharmacuticals started out. You would think seizure would be scarier than hearing the word marijuana. Keep it up Moms

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