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  1. Cannabis helps autism Dr Suzanne interviews Dr Christian Bogner
  2. A New study out of Israel for the treatment of Autistic children using medical marijuana was released last month. Although the study says it used Cannabidiol, the study used an oral oil containing both CBD and THC at a ratio of 20:1. It is sad that the USA cannot study marijuana for autism and that we have to rely upon other countries to do the research. This is the main reason why people have taken it into their own hands to legalize medical marijuana because the FDA and DEA refuse to allow cannabis to be studied for benefits of medical conditions. Parents who have been able to treat their autistic children with medical cannabis already knew what the results of trials would be. When the child's behaviors and communication improve, the parents stress levels go down. This study goes on to say that oils made from the cannabis plant helped tremendously with autism spectrum disorder symptoms: Behavioral outbreaks were much improved or very much improved (on the CGIC scale) in 61% of patients. The anxiety and communication problems were much or very much improved in 39% and 47% respectively. Disruptive behaviors, were improved by 29% from 4.74±1.82 as recorded at baseline on the HSQ-ASD to 3.36±1.56 following the treatment. Parents reported less stress as reflected in the APSI scores, changing by 33% from 2.04±0.77 to 1.37±0.59 http://n.neurology.org/content/90/15_Supplement/P3.318 https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02956226
  3. Tampa doctor uses medical marijuana to treat patients with autism
  4. The autism petition has been approved by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel on 5-4-2018 and has been sent to the Director of LARA for a final decision to add the condition to the qualifying conditions for the Medical Marihuana Program. In the mean time, physicians in other states use medical marijuana to treat autistic patients already. http://www.wfla.com/community/health/tampa-doctor-uses-medical-marijuana-to-treat-patients-with-autism/1153159741
  5. A large private donation will fund another study on using medical marijuana for autism. But this is not the first, nor is it the last clinical study on marijuana for autism. Marijuana aka Cannabis regulates the body and mind into a more normative state. Cannabis is also a very strong anti-inflammatory, and thus relieves a lot of pain. Many people with autism also suffer from pain, but are unable to communicate their pain. The autistic person in pain unable to communicate then manifests into aggression, irritability, self-injurious behavior, screaming and other outbursts. With the help of parents and physicians, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Association has submitted autism to be a qualifying condition again with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel. There will be a meeting on May 4th 2018 at 9am in Lansing, MI where the panel will vote on autism along with 21 other new proposed conditions. Please if you can show up to the meeting and give your support to the board members so they support adding these conditions to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program. While we at the MMMA of course support more research on cannabis for all conditions, it is cruel to prohibit this safe non-toxic medicine from people who suffer and may already be using cannabis illegally to treat autism. If you want to leave a public comment, the deadline is 5/3/2018 at 5pm to email comments to LARA-BMMR-Legal@michigan.gov http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MMRP_Notice_of_Public_Hearing_5.4.18_618072_7.pdf http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MMRP_Notice_of_Public_Hearing_4.27.18_618073_7.pdf Autism is a qualifying medical marijuana condition in California, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. https://www.pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program/ http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2017/cannabis113017.html https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/30/minnesota-oks-medical-marijuana-for-autism-apnea The main "treatment" for autism is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is mostly about teaching behaviors and correcting unwanted behaviors as you would train a dog or animal. ABA does not treat the person itself, nor does it diagnose, treat or check for pain or discomfort. ABA is akin to a nun using capital punishment using whips and canes to "fix problem children". https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/312723 https://www.cmcr.ucsd.edu/index.php/2015-11-20-20-52-15/active-studies/123-the-effects-of-cannabidiol-cbd-on-symptoms-of-severe-autism Although the above clinical trial is still in Phase 1 and has not started yet, there are other clinical trials which have advanced to phase 2. An interesting clinical trial below is part of the US Department of Defense budget. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03202303 This clinical trial in Israel seems to be more fleshed out and has more information. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02956226 http://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/dad-uses-medical-marijuana-to-treat-daughter-with-autism/1102805672 http://www.wfla.com/community/health/tampa-doctor-uses-medical-marijuana-to-treat-patients-with-autism/1153159741
  6. I can only imagine how difficult it is as a parent to have a child within the autism spectrum. I am friends with parents of autistic children and have met many others. These parents would move mountains for their children. They have taken every step possible to try to help alleviate their child's pain and suffering. They have tried every treatment that their doctors have suggested. Every single prescription the physicians can think of, even off-label uses of other prescriptions that have never been studied on children. Some of these prescriptions have serious side effects. All parents want to do is to be able to try medical marijuana for their kids. After all, marijuana is non toxic and there are no known deaths from it. Many parents whose autistic children have other qualifying conditions are able to get medical marijuana for their children, and report that medical marijuana works wonders for aggressive behavior, self-injurious behavior and chronic irritability. Also reported is that the child is able to communicate better after medical marijuana treatment because of not being constantly distracted by every triggering event that sends them into a tizzy. With the help of expert physician Dr Christian Bogner and researcher Joe Stone and The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, a petition to add Autism to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program was submitted in 2015. Although it was rejected twice, we are submitting it again. Other states have added Autism to their medical marijuana programs and we feel that this medicine is obviously less toxic than all other prescriptions that are currently prescribed to children. Simply as a choice that a parent and child can try medical marijuana to see if it helps them. https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/drug_data_sheets/Marijuana.pdf Overdose effects: No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported. https://www.kshb.com/news/health/autism-and-medical-marijuana- Medical marijuana used to treat autism-related disorders Michael Williams 9:56 PM, Feb 5, 2018 2:03 PM, Feb 6, 2018 PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Abigail Dar’s son, Yuval, is 24-years-old, and she says he is severely autistic. Mollie Ryckman Barrett’s youngest daughter, Sumer, is 13-years-old and has Asperger Syndrome. This is the story of two moms looking for answers to help their children. "Medication helps, at times. Sumer, who is doing well in seventh grade, takes two of them," Barrett said. “One helps her focus with her brain and one relaxes her brain a little bit.” Always, though, there is the nagging worry. “How safe really is the medication we are giving our children today?” asked Barrett. Dar gave her autistic son higher and higher doses of pharmaceutical prescription medications for years in a bid to control his anxiety and aggressiveness. Dar complained, “They just give medication hoping it will give an answer, which it doesn’t, and I get my kid crazier and crazier.” Amid that frustration, Dar had an alternative within reach. “Israel is much more liberal regarding medical cannabis,” Dar said. Dar spoke from her home outside Tel Aviv, Israel, where she is at the forefront of medical marijuana research. “I gave him (Yuval) his first dose and it was a miracle,” she remembered. The dose she talked about was a strain of medical cannabis she and her son’s psychiatrist settled on after trial and error. Yuval became calmer, less anxious, more attentive. “It’s a game changer,” Abigail said, “it gave us quality of life.” Barrett said she wants the same opportunity for her daughter, but their home in West Palm Beach, Florida is far removed from the access, and attitudes, available in Israel. “We should have a right to decide in our home what is in the best interest of our children, what is the safest alternative option for them,” Barrett said. She said she hopes to someday use cannabis derived oils for Sumer, but her child’s doctor does not agree with the idea. “He just says,” Barrett recalled, “that he doesn’t feel it’s a safe option and she seems OK on her medicine and there really are no side effects.” The American Academy of Pediatrics does not support medical marijuana use for autism-related disorders. One big issue, experts say, is the fact that there are many strains of cannabinoids in marijuana. Dr. Norina Ocampo is a South Florida pediatrician. “The other issue is they think probably all these compounds work synergistically with each other to help, so how do you pick which one will be the right compound,” she said. Dar is working with Israeli doctors, pushing for much more extensive research on that prime question. “Today we have over 300 kids having access to medical cannabis,” she said.
  7. Medical marijuana used to treat autism-related disorders PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Abigail Dar’s son, Yuval, is 24-years-old, and she says he is severely autistic. Mollie Ryckman Barrett’s youngest daughter, Sumer, is 13-years-old and has Asperger Syndrome. This is the story of two moms looking for answers to help their children. "Medication helps, at times. Sumer, who is doing well in seventh grade, takes two of them," Barrett said. “One helps her focus with her brain and one relaxes her brain a little bit.” Always, though, there is the nagging worry. “How safe really is the medication we are giving our children today?” asked Barrett. Dar gave her autistic son higher and higher doses of pharmaceutical prescription medications for years in a bid to control his anxiety and aggressiveness. Dar complained, “They just give medication hoping it will give an answer, which it doesn’t, and I get my kid crazier and crazier.” Amid that frustration, Dar had an alternative within reach. “Israel is much more liberal regarding medical cannabis,” Dar said. Dar spoke from her home outside Tel Aviv, Israel, where she is at the forefront of medical marijuana research. “I gave him (Yuval) his first dose and it was a miracle,” she remembered. The dose she talked about was a strain of medical cannabis she and her son’s psychiatrist settled on after trial and error. Yuval became calmer, less anxious, more attentive. “It’s a game changer,” Abigail said, “it gave us quality of life.” Barrett said she wants the same opportunity for her daughter, but their home in West Palm Beach, Florida is far removed from the access, and attitudes, available in Israel. “We should have a right to decide in our home what is in the best interest of our children, what is the safest alternative option for them,” Barrett said. She said she hopes to someday use cannabis derived oils for Sumer, but her child’s doctor does not agree with the idea. “He just says,” Barrett recalled, “that he doesn’t feel it’s a safe option and she seems OK on her medicine and there really are no side effects.” The American Academy of Pediatrics does not support medical marijuana use for autism-related disorders. One big issue, experts say, is the fact that there are many strains of cannabinoids in marijuana. Dr. Norina Ocampo is a South Florida pediatrician. “The other issue is they think probably all these compounds work synergistically with each other to help, so how do you pick which one will be the right compound,” she said. Dar is working with Israeli doctors, pushing for much more extensive research on that prime question. “Today we have over 300 kids having access to medical cannabis,” she said. https://www.kshb.com/news/health/autism-and-medical-marijuana- Medical marijuana used to treat autism-related disorders Michael Williams 9:56 PM, Feb 5, 2018 2:03 PM, Feb 6, 2018
  8. http://www.jns-journal.com/article/S0022-510X(17)33120-9/fulltext Oral cannabis extracts as a promising treatment for the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder: Preliminary experience in Chilean patients G. Kuester , K. Vergara , A. Ahumada , A.M. Gazmuri DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2017.08.2623 Background: Preclinical studies and several anecdotal case reports suggest a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Objective: To report our preliminary findings in patients with ASD treated with oral cannabis extracts. Patients and Methods/Material and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all consecutive patients seen between June 2016-March 2017, with ASD diagnosis according to DSM-V, treated with sublingual whole plant cannabis extracts for at least three months. We reviewed demographic/clinical data, neuroimaging/EEG studies, vision/audition/genetic/metabolic tests, and parental/school/neuropsychological reports. Type of cannabis strain, CBD:THC ratio, daily dose of CBD/THC/CBN, and adverse events were documented. Clinical changes were estimated using Clinical Global Impression of Improvement (CGI-I) and Autism Parenting Stress Index (APSI). Informed consent was obtained. Results: 20 children and one adult patients were selected. Mean age: 9 years, 10 months (range: 26 mo-22 yo), 15 males. Mean follow-up: 7,6 mo (range: 3-12). 66,7% of patients had significant improvement according to CGI-I and APSI. Most cases improved at least one of the core symptoms of ASD, including social communication, language, or repetitive behaviors. Additionally, sensory difficulties, food acceptance, feeding and sleep disorders, and/or seizures were improved in most cases. 71,5% of patients received balanced CBD:THC extracts; 19,0% high-CBD; and 9,5% high-THC extracts. Oral cannabis extracts were well tolerated. Two patients had more agitation and one had more irritability, effects that were solved by changing the strain. Conclusion: In this small series of ASD patients, oral cannabis extracts were dramatically more effective than conventional medicines. Large randomized controlled trials are needed to establish efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis in ASD.
  9. Next Friday, July 31 is a very important day for the Michigan Medical Marijuana community. The MMMA, along with physicians, lawyers, and families have worked tirelessly for more than a year to add autism as a qualifying condition under the Act, and next Friday is the vote to add or deny autism into the law. Please attend this vote, particularly if you treat your child with marijuana, to show solidarity with the parents of autistic children and family members that have led this drive. Komorn Law has pledged to compensate food and gas for all families with children that attend. Just attending the panel meeting can make a huge difference, there are many people with a debilitating condition who cannot make it. If you know someone in Lansing, ask them to attend. Friday is the ideal day to show respectful support that will have a real, meaningful impact on the panel's vote, and on the futures of these parents and children in need. I am sure all of you can understand how important this vote is for the families who have children afflicted with autism. I personally would like to believe that with all the hoopla and attention towards legalization lately the patients and families of patients are not lost or overlooked. Medical cannabis is the real deal. For the last 6 years we have all shared together in the miracles of this plant. We have danced on this forum together making history in Michigan as we implement the 2008 voter initiative. The battle continues and the fight is scheduled for July 31. Your appearance will be a strong showing of unity of our medical cannabis community. It will help provide evidence that medical cannabis is real, and safe access for those afflicted with autistism must be the next step for the MMMA.
  10. Michael's blog on the upcoming (July 20) Medical Marihuana Review Panel vote on autism from here: http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/blog/143/entry-1159-hope-autism-as-a-new-condition-for-the-mmma-program/ Was also published by the Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-komorn/hope-autism-as-a-new-cond_b_7692986.html Please spread both around to help raise awareness. Also check out a bunch of new content produced by Dr. Bogner and in vivo on medicaljane.com: http://www.medicaljane.com/ailment/autism/
  11. "Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all." ― Emily Dickinson "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." ― William Faulkner "We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never change your fate." ― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses Hope keeps us going; hope is important. It is remaining in the game, believing that things will be OK, and not giving up. It is getting to the end of the road, having nowhere to go, and instead of quitting, continuing to fight to figure it out, to stay present and mindful, and not give up. Hope is important. Without hope people have nothing. A new, thoroughly researched petition to add autism to the list of conditions which can be treated with medical marijuana will be heard by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel on July 20, 2015 at 9:30 am at 611 W. Ottawa in Lansing. LARA originally refused to hear the new petition, citing the denial of two previously submitted petitions for autism. The previously submitted petitions provided limited science and research in support, and resulted in a "no" vote. This new petition was accompanied by over 75 peer review articles and over 800 pages of research on the issue of cannabis as a viable option for the treatment of autism. Despite what can only be described as overwhelming evidence, LARA, the agency tasked with addressing petitions for new conditions, refused to hold a hearing or even consider the petition. This "dead-end" and unjust position seemingly demanded that myself and Attorney Tim Knowlton, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, and Cannabis Patients United sue LARA in the Ingham County Court. It was only after nearly a year of litigation and foot dragging that LARA ceded its position. Attorney General Bill Schuette's office "defended" LARA's position by delaying for months, only yielding after the petitioner filed her brief with the court, days before oral arguments. Unfortunately it seems the lives of children and parents hang in the balance of a possibly disinterested and dysfunctional process controlled by LARA. But now that we are here, and now that there is a debate, the science is overwhelming. Let's not get caught up or distracted from the real issue: autism is a terrible disease with no cure and no proven safe treatments and this is a problem. We could lie to ourselves and say that no evidence exists documenting the effects of cannabis as medicine, but we know this is not true. Testimony was given by parents and physicians, and 75 scientific studies documenting cannabis safety and efficacy in treating autism have now been provided to the panel for their consideration in this decision. We also learned that telling a parent that there is no hope for their child does not work. The most compelling testimony during the May 27 public hearing was that, independent of how the new condition panels decides, parents dealing with this affliction will continue to do what they think is best for their child. This begs the question: shouldn't these parents not have to worry about being arrested considering everything else they have to deal with? For pediatric and juvenile patients under the age of 18, two doctors would have to approve. The growing rate of autism has just recently being identified as a significant public health issue, due to statistic provided by the Center for Disease Control's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, a nationwide federal program to identify, estimate, and track and compare autism rates around the country. Their estimates show an alarming trend: autism rates have risen in every report since tracking began in 2002, from 1 in 150 in 2002 to 1 in 68 in 2010. In years past, I said people who opposed the medical use of cannabis have never experienced a friend, family member, or person who was suffering from a medical condition. But to oppose the treatment of autism for patients afflicted with the disease is inhumane. To let the status quo remain and subject parents and the physicians who treat these children with exposure to arrest and criminal charges is a deplorable policy for the benefit and welfare of the public health for the citizens of Michigan. There is overwhelming scientific and medical evidence supporting the approval of the petition. There is probably more research supporting the use of cannabis as a treatment for autism than all of the research to support the other ten conditions currently on the registry. It is important to be mindful of an often overlooked aspect of the MMMA: that its purpose is to protect the serious ill persons who have been recommended to use cannabis with a doctor's (in this case two doctors) recommendation and a bona fide relationship, from arrest and prosecution. There should be no debate that those afflicted with autism are seriously ill, and the purpose of our law, and the compassion shown by Michigan voters in approval, was to protect parents, patients, and physicians. For the panel to not recommend that autism be approved as a condition of the program is to ignore their duty and responsibility. Additionally they should be mindful that the standard by which they are held, to a recommend or not recommend as outlined by LARA's own administrative rules, already requires that the condition in question be a debilitating condition: All too often the issues regarding medical marihuana and marihuana in general are politicized. Even at times using the propagandist's favorite imagery of protecting the children. Well this issue is really about the children, and the only thing that should be considered is that there is overwhelming evidence that cannabis can provide a safe alternative to the traditional medications and treatments currently used for those afflicted with cannabis, and parents and doctors live in fear of criminal liability. But more importantly, think about any parent that is at the end of the road with traditional treatments, when the physician has no alternative and there is absolutely no likelihood of anything changing for their child, wouldn't we want that parent to have these choices, and who are we to say otherwise? What would a parent do for their child? is really the question. It the answer is anything, as the testimony presented to the panel indicates, then it is clear parents will continue to treat their children; they will not stop. If it works for their children, the question is, do we want the parents arrested? It is called hope and every red blooded American is entitled to have it. Hope is needed here. Protect the children, do not let them or their parents get arrested for treating autism with cannabis. http://www.medicaljane.com/ailment/autism/ http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/topic/46054-seeking-help-to-include-autism-as-qualifying-condition/?hl=autism
  12. WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:00 PM WHERE: Williams Building, 525 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI WHAT: Public testimony in favor of adding autism to the list of conditions which may be treated with medical marijuana. After a protracted legal battle lasting nearly a year, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has been compelled to submit a new petition for autism to the Medical Marihuana Review Panel. This petition was submitted to the department with 75 peer-reviewed studies attached, outlining in detailed scientific and medical terms marijuana's efficacy in treating autism. Public testimony will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM in the 1st Floor Auditorium of the Williams Building, 525 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48933. Parents of autistic children will offer testimony in favor of allowing treatment with medical marijuana, as well as physicians who specialize in treatment with cannabis and treatment of autism. Legal experts will testify on the need to protect parents treating their debilitated children from arrest and prosecution by adding autism to the list. Written comments may be submitted after the hearing, between May 27 and June 1, by email at bhcsinfo@michigan.gov, or by mail at: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Post Office Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909. Please send written testimony to the attention of Cheryl Pezon. “Though the process of getting this new petition to the Panel has proved difficult, the People of the State of Michigan are now watching the outcome. The scientific literature attached to this petition is overwhelming: medical marihuana can effectively treat autism, and is much safer than other drugs routinely prescribed for treating autism.” said Michael Komorn, president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association and co-counsel for the petitioner. LARA initially incorrectly denied the petition, submitted nearly a year ago, because two previous incomplete petitions were heard by the panel which failed to gain department approval. Attorneys Tim Knowlton and Michael Komorn represented the petitioner, the parent of an autistic child who has seen substantial improvements in autism symptoms during successful treatment with medical marijuana for severe epileptic seizures. After briefing the Ingham County Circuit Court on both the mishandling of the new petition and the substantial irregularities in the process followed by LARA on the original Panel vote, LARA agreed that all new petitions must be heard by the Panel, despite any previous failed petition for the same condition. After the public testimony, LARA must schedule a meeting of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel to discuss the petition and testimony, and take a vote. If a majority of the panel votes in favor of adding autism, the LARA director will issue a final determination allowing the use of medical marijuana in autism treatment by Michigan physicians. CONTACT: Michael Komorn <michael@komornlaw.com> Medical_Marihuana_Review_Panel_Public_Hearing_Notice_5-27-15_488731_7.pdf
  13. Work is beginning on researching new petitions for Parkinson's and autism. Many cannabis studies have been compiled on this site by member in vivo, and more exist that could bolster the new application, but require special access to retrieve. Please get in touch with me via PM or post to this thread if you have access credentials to scientific literature by way of your school or profession that might be able to assist us in this effort. We will post more information as we get closer to making the applications. Anybody that would like to take part in either or both of these projects please let me know.
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