A Message from AutismOne 2016: As you may know cannabis is fantastically helpful for our children and in fact the whole family. A large part of the conference will be devoted to cannabis this year. We are going to educate parents and doctors. Here is an overview of what we are doing and why. We hope you can be part of it.
AutismOne Endocannabinoid Medicine/Cannabis Track
Autism & Cannabis
Communities of Similar Circumstances
I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have "no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse."
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent
Can Cannabis Cure Autism? We Don’t Know, But It’s a Question Worth Asking
A Presentation by Judy Mikovits, PhD - Upcoming at AutismOne 2016 (abstract below)
The war on cannabis (street name marijuana) began in 1937, one year later, in 1938, Dr. Leo Kanner observed his first patient with autism. And between then and now truthful and accurate information about both has been the exception.
For decades, moms were blamed for their child’s autism (infamous refrigerator mom theory) and for decades, the medical benefits of hemp and cannabis were denied. Ironically, after almost 80 years of misleading information the two communities are coming together.
The Many Benefits
Hemp and cannabis, can provide miraculous help for our children’s seizures, sleep disorders, and our mother’s and father’s sleep disorders and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The healing properties of both have only begun to be investigated.
The Endocannabinoid System
Everyone has cannabinoids (cannabis) in their bodies. We all need cannabinoids. Humans and animals naturally make cannabinoids in our endocannabinoid systems (ECS). The ECS is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes. It has been called the “supercomputer that regulates homeostasis in the human body.” It consists of a group of molecules known as cannabinoids as well as the cannabinoid receptors that they bind to. All though the endocannabinoid system is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining health, it was only discovered in 1987.
Cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies help regulate a variety of functions, including appetite, pain, inflammation, thermoregulation, intra-ocular pressure, sensation, muscle control, energy balance, metabolism, sleep health, and stress responses.
Scientists estimate that the endocannabinoid system evolved in primitive animals over 600 million years ago. Sea squirts, tiny nematodes, and all vertebrate species share the endocannabinoid system as an essential part of life and adaptation to environmental changes.
Autism Comorbid Conditions and Cannabinoid Medical Properties
Autism is an umbrella term covering a collection of chronic comorbid conditions, including abnormal gut flora, allergies, seizures, arthritis neurological sequelae, asthma, autonomic dysfunction, chronic rubella arthritis, colitis, ear infections, eczema, immune dysregulation, incontinence, leaky gut, Lyme disease, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders, mitochondrial dysfunction, neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus), rheumatoid arthritis, severe headaches/migraines, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE).
Professor Raphael Mechoulam, the father of cannabis medicine, has said the, “endocannabinoid system is involved in essentially all human disease states.” Countering the underlying causes of disease states cannabinoid’s medical properties include antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, anxiolytic, and anti-depressant.
Sometimes our bodies can’t make enough cannabinoids, which often happens when our bodies are under stress or suffering from an illness (autism comorbid conditions). Parents know that many children with autism must be on special diets because their bodies cannot produce sufficient digestive enzymes to digest certain foods. These children often need digestive enzyme supplementation. In the same manner, children with autism are often deficient in endogenous cannabinoids (produced in the body) and must be supplemented with exogenous cannabinoids (produced outside the body). Besides hemp and cannabis, the only source rich in exogenous cannabinoids is mother’s milk.