Mother uses marijuana to treat child's autism

June 9, 2009-The title of the article caught my eye immediately. I could not pass up reading an article entitled Why I am Giving My Nine-year-old Pot. I could only guess at what the writer’s story was, or what the title really was referring to.

Turns out, it was what it purported to be. The article was a compelling and honest story by a mother of a son with severe autism. His autism caused him to have extremely violent tantrums, various symptoms of pain, and other medical problems (see full story here). After trying several drugs with all kinds of undesirable side effects, the writer, Marie Myung-ok Lee, finally took a homeopath’s suggestion and began to treat her son with marijuana.

While her results are not conclusive yet, Lee describes some notable and obvious signs of improvement in some respects. Although many of us may shudder at the thought of giving marijuana to a nine-year-old, this was not an ordinary nine-year-old. His severe autism led to violent tantrums, and his teachers had to wear protective gear because of his biting.

Fortunately, Lee lives in a state where she is able to get a medical marijuana license. Even so, there are still many restrictions and regulations that make it difficult for her to access marijuana for her son. In most other states, it would not even be possible without breaking the law.

This is just another example of the folly of the war on drugs. I don’t believe there is any merit for banning the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, banning marijuana for medicinal purposes leads to further unfair results for people like Lee and her son.


3 responses to “Mother uses marijuana to treat child's autism”

  1. I can see how ‘the drug’ could help the autism, but I worry how it might affect the little guys lungs. Can it be as effective baked in brownies?

  2. Strangest thing, red ~ they have done exhaustive testing, expecting as anyone would, to find lung damage from smoked cannabis… and it turns out that folks who smoked pot their whole lives, heavily even, had better than 100% lung capacity with no lung damage. It was even found to have a protective effect on the lungs. They think it must be due to THC’s cancer-curing properties. A quick google search will show you what i’m saying.

  3. Apparently, CPS in California even approved a Mom using MJ in brownies to treat her disabled son in the Nineties.

    This was covered by major news organizations, and may possibly even have been the subject of an article in a major women’s magazine.

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