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Remarkable Discovery Made: Is This THE Treatment For Autism?
*About 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental
Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
Last year, researchers at Stanford University said that the
debilitating effects of autism are primarily caused by a gene
mutation that blocks the body’s natural production of
cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, and hinders the way
those molecules communicate with the brain.
In the study, researchers found that the mutation of the
neurologin-3 gene, which is responsible for creating and
sustaining normal communication between brain cells, appears to
have a direct correlation to autism.
Therefore, introducing derivatives of cannabis to the brain
could ease symptoms associated with the disease.
Although the exact science revolving around how a disturbance
in endocannabinoid signaling contributes to autism symptoms
hasn’t been extensively researched yet, researchers say there
is significant evidence that suggests medical marijuana may be
a viable treatment option for this condition.
Researchers from the University of Irvine in California believe
the folks at Stanford may be on to something: because they,
too, have discovered a link between endocannabinoids and
In a study of mice with fragile X syndrome, it “showed
dramatic behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring
anxiety and open-space acceptance.”
And because THC, the active compound in marijuana, stimulates
the same receptors as the endocannabinoids, researchers
concluded, “increasing natural marijuana-like chemicals in
the brain can help correct behavioral issues related to
fragile X syndrome, the most common known genetic cause of
A recent article published in the Autism Daily Newscast
indicates that many families are already experimenting with
marijuana as a treatment for their children’s autism — as an
alternative to other drugs with major side effects and
Researchers add that while they do not advocate giving medical
marijuana to children with autism, they believe their findings
will lead to the development of important treatments for this
Families Are Already Jumping On Board
Chrissy Hetrick-Leonard is a mother of three and a nurse. Her
full-time job is caring for her oldest child, an 11-year-old
girl with multiple health challenges. Those challenges are
daunting and include Cornelia de Lang Syndrome, Dandy Walker
Syndrome, autism, epileptic seizures, hip dysplasia and other
Chrissy’s daughter’s seizures were extreme to say the least,
bloodying up her face and breaking bones, she told THC
Magazine. There was a lack of eye contact or even smiles, as
doctors told Chrissy her daughter had the cognitive abilities
of a 2-year-old.
After years of frustration with pharmaceutical drugs and
conventional therapies, Chrissy turned to RiverRock Wellness
and Tony Verzura’s proprietary program called A.C.T.
The A.C.T. Now program has nearly eliminated the seizures
suffered by Chrissy’s daughter, which are at most one per
month. It has improved her cognitive function test results by
200 percent, and reduced her paralysis by 80 to 90 percent. She
no longer uses any pharmaceutical drugs.
“Within the first week, I saw her come out of almost like a
closet,” Chrissy says. “I got eye contact, direct smiles at
me… The improvement after six months is mind blowing.”
Chrissy developed a wall board to assist in communicating with
her daughter. After months of talking through pictures, by
hitting a button for audio descriptions of the picture, to now
walking up to the board and indicating her desire to say
something, her daughter is alive like never before.
Heartbroken and desperate, an Oregon family has turned to
medical marijuana to help manage their son’s self-destructive
rages. They say the treatment, which has sparked controversy,
has helped their child, described as “severely autistic,” like
nothing else has.
11-year-old Alex Echols suffers from
tuberous sclerosis – a rare genetic disorder that causes
the growth of non-malignant tumors in organs. Doctors say Alex
has growths in his brain that have led to autism, debilitating
seizures and self-directed rages.
a blog he set up for his son, dad Jeremy Echols explains
that Alex often exhibits extreme, self-destructive behavior,
such as slamming his head into walls and slapping his face
until it bleeds.
Echols says that after trying — and failing — for years to
protect Alex from himself, he and his wife were forced to move
their son into a state-funded group home when he was 8.
Alex’s mother stated that they tried every medication in the
books, as well as specialized therapies, but nothing seemed to
Then, in 2009, Alex’s mom came across stories of parents
treating their autistic children with medical cannabis with
positive results. With no other hope, the family decided to try
the treatment. After some time, the family noticed some
“Eventually we had some
truly amazing results,” Alex’s dad wrote on his blog. “He
explored his world with his hands, something he was very
rarely able to do. His hands were the enemy up to this point
… But on those few truly magical days when we got the dosing
just right, he played. He used his hands to explore. He
looked at us and smiled.”
Unfortunately, the family still struggles with the continued
administration of medical marijuana to Alex, due to the legal
status of the plant in most states. They haven’t been spared
criticism either, as the long-term developmental effects of
cannabis use in children is still not yet known.
But for the Echols, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
How Long Will it Take?
How long will it take for people to realize the amazing healing
capabilities of cannabis? This plant has the potential to wipe
out a large majority of the pharmaceutical industry for good
while saving the lives of millions of people in the process.
Not to mention the incredible and unlimited uses of its
counterpart, hemp. The fossil fuel industry, along with a
plethora of other industries like clothing and
construction, would be revolutionized.
If everyone were open to the potential uses of cannabis and
hemp, we would see an entire new world and way of living, the
likes of which we’ve only imagined in our wildest utopic