There have been dramatic increases in the number of children diagnosed each year on the autism spectrum disorder. Recently the Ohio House Health Committee passed HB60. This bipartisan bill should move to the floor for a vote by spring. This bill will add autism spectrum disorder to the list of acceptable medical conditions allowed in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana program. This is exciting news for a growing population and thousands of parents trying to help their children. Currently, 17 states include autism spectrum disorder as a qualifying condition in their medical marijuana programs.

This is exciting news for so many suffering parents and adults. A study posted in the Nature Journal Real Life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism: Analysis of Safety and Efficacy January 17, 2019, found after six months of treatment good quality of life was reported by 66.8% of respondents rising from the initial 31.1%. Positive mood was reported by 42% of parents before treatment, and 63.5% after 6 months of treatment. The ability to dress and shower independently was significantly improved from 26.4% to 42.9% after 6 months. Also, sleep and concentration rose from 3.3% to 24.7%. The side effects from treatment with cannabis reported were restlessness (6.6%), sleepiness (3.2%), increased appetite (3.2%). The difference in the therapeutic effects and side effects of prescription medication make at least trying cannabis a potentially great alternative. Some patients on traditional medications speak about taking upwards of 10 psychotropic pills. One resident who testified to the Ohio House Committee, stated “does pumping a kid full of pills in this way sound like medicine to you?… of the countless pills I was fed as a child, I never once believed or felt that it helped me.” Cannabis offers a new light for neurodivergent people.

Currently, medical marijuana is not an option in Ohio, if this bill passes, how long will it be until it becomes available for those suffering. Hemp is legal, but at this time not regulated by the FDA or the USDA. Thus, cannot be prescribed by your medical doctor. Cannabinoids extracted from hemp are federally legal in all 50 states, but not regulated anywhere presently. So, what is a parent to do? Some choose to go to neighboring states to get medical grade, regulated cannabis, and self-medicate. Others choose to find the best products, through friends and other emotionally trusted personal connections. Neither of those options are for the optimal; understandable though. When a parent watches a child suffer there isn’t much, they won’t do to get the help they need.

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Autism – Cannabis – Ohio – Where does it all Stand by Jackie Potter with JPotter Health