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Marijuana and Autism Survey – NORML and UF4A Collaboration

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director May 26, 2012

    Over the last five years there have been numerous media reports about the anecdotal use of cannabis to help autistic children. Two brave women, one on the east coast the other the west, have been at the forefront of this effort to help scientifically explain why cannabis appears to be so helpful. Marie Myung-Ok Lee wrote about her experience in Rhode Island, a state with medical cannabis laws, in 2009. Soon after, inspired by Marie’s writings, Mieko Perez Hester and her son had a similarly positive experience with treating his autism in California. Mieko, soon after going public about their experience, was invited onto ABC’s Good Morning America.

    The reply from parents around the country to these charter members of the NORML Women Alliance experience as parents using cannabis as a therapy for their autistic children has been overwhelming and inspired the need to perform proper scientific research to possibly develop cannabinoid-based treatments for autism in both children and adults.

    To help accomplish this Mieko established The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A), which is asking the NORML community of hundreds of thousands of cannabis consumers and patients to help with a scientific survey today.

    The NORML community has joined UF4A in this remarkable journey and fight, and has offered to help solicit feedback through the survey.

    Target: Persons on the autism spectrum currently using or interested in using cannabis as a safe and effective medication to treat autism.

    With more than 1 in 88 children affected, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.  Currently, there is no medical detection or cure for autism; however, there are pharmaceutical and therapeutic treatments that have proven to be effective in treating the condition. Among the safest and most remarkable is the therapeutic use of medical cannabis.

    Amidst a highly controversial setting, one California mother is sharing her autistic son’s triumphant and life-saving journey with the world.  Single mother of three, Mieko Hester Perez was watching her young son, Joey, succumb to various combinations of 13 different prescription drugs that ravaged his body and internal organs.  Joey weighed only 46 pounds, and was in a battle for his life.  

    Read more: www.uf4a.org

    In 2009, The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A) was formed. UF4A is lighting a path in hopes that others may benefit from alternative therapies that may be available to other families on the Autism Spectrum. Mieko helped create a survey to help solidify and amplify her results and the level of help the Foundation can provide.

    At UF4A, we believe providing the most accurate information to medical professionals for research purposes will pave the way for clinical trials for unconventional treatments.

    We seek to solidify and further the fundamental understanding we have in regards to the effectiveness of cannabis alleviating symptoms along the Autism Spectrum. The information collected in the survey will be used to further guide families, new patients, doctors and lawmakers in making informed and proper decisions for themselves and our community.

    SURVEY LINK:
    If this survey applicable to you or a loved one, we invite you or them to fill out the form UF4A Treatment of Persons on the Spectrum with Cannabis. To fill out the survey, click here.

    7 Responses to “Marijuana and Autism Survey – NORML and UF4A Collaboration”

    1. […] Marijuana and Autism Survey – NORML and UF4A Collaboration Over the last five years there have been numerous media reports about the anecdotal use of cannabis to help autistic children. Two brave women, one on the east coast the other the west, have been at the forefront of this effort to help scientifically explain why cannabis appears to be so helpful. Marie Myung-Ok Lee wrote about her experience in Rhode Island, a state with medical cannabis laws, in 2009. Soon after, inspired by Marie’s writings, Mieko Perez Hester and her son had a similarly positive experience with treating his […] […]

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      I appear to have a mild form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. I cannot remember ever seeing body language as a child.

      When I first heard about ‘body talk’ , I thought it was impossible. It sounded like telepathy or something.

      In the 1960s, some of the acid gurus became so adept at reading body language as to seem outright telepathic. I was one of them, and I could SEE how they were doing it. I could have really used a good ‘coach’ to help me integrate this new found ability into my life more effectively.

      The term ‘mind expanding’ has no real meaning anymore, but this story shows how it once had a very real meaning. It sure did for me.

      I find with sativas, I can review my life and easily see how distant I can be without really meaning to. It is very pleasing to see work being done in this area.

    3. Ben says:

      Marijuana needs to be freed from the containment of medicine.

      It MOST CERTAINLY IS medicine, but it is not a substance which society needs to have administered or monitored by physicians.

      It is beneficial in many ways, and completely safe.

      It is the governments use of methadone, and doctors prescriptions for Ambien and other mind-blowing, clearly negative, and often destructive, concoctions which plague society-
      every bit as much as alcohol.

      Alcohol was prohibited, but it was repealed in a rare showing of judicial wisdom in this country. Alcohol is a dangerous, and yet, often positive substance which has DIRECTLY destroyed lives and lead to death, as well as having killed people itself outright…

      Marijuana has many uses, no risks, and the ‘best’ arguments against it start off with OTHER substances – the ‘gateway’.
      ANY ALL OR NONE are gateways as there is no property which renders one more likely to escalate a persons requirement to indulge beyond something.

      Many lives have been, in fact, blessed due to God’s providence of marijuana.
      Mood, mind, cancer, autism, back pains, migraines (preventative [ 😉 ]), –
      the list goes on.

      If only the business people, who were seen to block the legalization of marijuana mainstream-
      only to afford themselves a spot as a ‘rare’ medicinal outlet, (and then lost many of the rights they had almost acquired), had shown strength and altruism, and stood solidly for its legalization.

      Marijuana is useful, safe, and a natural right-
      as well as a component of many people’s ‘pursuit of happiness’.

      End the medicinal game.
      List its benefits and the ailments it helps with, and unchain America.

      Stand together. 420

    4. Ayse Stenabaugh says:

      Why is this only for childen? The survey should have questions geared for both children and adults I am really upset about this my husband has aspergers why can he not fill anything out about himself?

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      @Ayse

      Yes, I thought this, too. It would be useful to get the comments of adults who can talk at a more mature level than a child, who doesn’t understand what’s going on with himself.

    6. Bob says:

      OK folks its time to make a stand. The only thing that can get things done is money and votes. Most of us have voting rights, some have money. Email this message to your elected officials and stand firm. Also send to like minded friends and family:
      To the President, Members of the US Congress, State and local elected officials:

      Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965 with over 800,000 arrests in 2010. The problem is getting worse – not because of the benign plant, but because of the obsolete laws. The time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

      I can no longer vote for elected officials that support the the current laws. I have decided not to vote for any politician that does not publicly support the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.

      Signed

      Voting Citizen
      & Member of the Movement

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