Thursday, October 6, 2016

Children with Autism Could Soon See the Benefits of Medical Marijuana


As medical marijuana is rolled out for certain conditions in different countries
around the world, more and more people are starting to recognize the benefits of it across a broad spectrum of different conditions.

Minnesota Department of Health is one of the latest to consider adding autism to their list of conditions which patients could obtain medical marijuana. Many people, including those who care for people living with autism, have been seeking an alternative medication to prescription drugs, medical marijuana gives them that alternative.
Medical marijuana is already being successfully utilized to treat a wide variety of different illnesses. From things such as Tourette’s, depression, anxiety, pain relief, eating disorders, sleep disorders and much more. Medical marijuana itself has come a long way in a very short time. What used to be only available in the herb or plant form, is now available as pills, oils, candy, drinks and much more. This makes it much easier to administer to people, especially children.
Autism directly affects how the brain takes in and processes information, changing how the mind sees the world around it. This can then turn into communication problems, repetitive behavior, anxiety and problems interacting socially. Each parent will need to consider how medical marijuana could benefit their child, and take it one step at a time. As with everything, what works well for one, may not work for another.
The Minnesota Department of Health is also considering a number of other conditions to add to the medical marijuana list. Conditions like arthritis, depression, PTSD and insomnia are all undergoing consideration. For many people, taking prescription medications often leaves them struggling to cope with serious side effects, many of which are so harsh they outweigh the benefits of the medication in the first place.
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