Found the following article on the internet:
Very controversial in my opinion I would like to start a discussion on it.
Feel welcome to access and read the article from link 1 and; watch the videos from links 2 and 3
Weed alters brain chemistry ... it doesn't physically alter the brain's whole structure. And Autism Spectrum Disorder isn't an issue of brain chemistry, such as, for example, bipolar disorder. ASD is a matter of structural differences. That can't be treated by weed. Self-medicating whether with alcohol, weed or anything else ... isn't treatment. ASD can't be treated. There is nothing to treat. Our brains are just different. There is nothing to fix. ASD is something to be managed ... not cured or treated. It's a disorder because we don't function the way most 'normal' people do and our condition causes us lots of distress. It's still very much part of who we are. Even more so than a personality disorder is. A personality disorder is less changeable than a mood disorder but still more changable than autism. NOTHING makes an autistic person less autistic. Becoming less autistic as an autistic person is no less impossible than becoming more autistic as a non-autistic person. There is nothing to treat. We're just different. ASD is something to be managed and something to cope with ... not something to cure or fix or treat.
So does that meen no weed?
Whether to use "weed" or not is your choice, but I wouldn't advise it as I believe some people become paranoid on it, which is not going to help an autistic who is already anxious.
Alcohol is often used by autistic people to numb the senses. As I understand, NT people cope better because their senses are dampened down. But alcohol obviously brings its own health risks.
It's better to try to find other techniques to cope if you can.
Nothing to treat in terms of our core (autistic) selves, I agree. However, because of my baseline anxiety being much higher than others (experienced over decades now and relatively impervious to the usual interventions) I'm still wondering about it as a way of managing this. In other groups to which I belong, which include members from the US and Canada, there are a fair number of members who've been prescribed cannabis to help them reduce anxiety and relax. They speak very positively about it and I resent not being able to access it here.
Oh, I guess I got hung up on the word "treatment." As a way to manage and cope, rather than to treat or fix, I'm sure it can have both very positive and negative effects ... depending, largely, on the individual, the amount consumed and the tolerance level. In any case, I don't condone taking it in any country where it isn't legal ... such as the UK. Although, I'm certainly in favor of legalization.Personally, I'd never smoke it myself, whether legal or illegal, whether positive or negative its effects, simply because smoking itself distresses me. If it were legal in the UK I'd definitely consume edibles.
Paranoia is certainly one of its risks and why I say that it can have both positive and negative effects. Personally, I'm sure it's, overall, a safer drug than alcohol. But it's still a drug and probably, still, overall, has more risks than rewards. If it becomes legalized then an autistic adult will, then, have as much rights to consume it as to consume alcohol.But, of course, that was not the question. The question was whether it was healthy or able to treat autism. Healthy? Overall, probably not, it's a drug like any other (and the whole "But it's natural. it's a plant. How can anything natural be bad for you?" doesn't fly because Hemlock is just a plant and perfectly natural too. Natural substances can be just as harmful as artifical substances).Do I deny that it has any positive benefits whatsoever? That it can relax people? That it can give them mild euphoria, and that it's capable of reducing anxiety, including anxiety in autistic people? No, I don't deny it. But I doubt that the rewards outweigh the risks. After all, alcohol can relax people, give them mild euphoria and reduce anxiety, too. Both drugs are equally beneficial and harmful in my opinion, from a psychological standpoint. EXCEPT that alcohol is additionally bad because of possible liver damage. Smoking weed can cause cancer, sure, but that is the smoking and not the weed itself that does that. Alcohol is more likely to cause aggression and weed is more likely to cause paranoia. Both aggression and paranoia are equally bad ... but in different ways, in my opinion.I think it's absurd that alcohol is legal but weed isn't ... but if weed became legalized I wouldn't see it as much better than alcohol (if better at all). In truth, weed is both grossly underrated AND grossly overrated. So that's my full aspie take on the matter.
I'd be vary weary of these claims. Bear in mind Marijuana is now big business in the states with a lobby behind it to pay for studies. I'd no more think weed could cure autism than i would think that if i start drinking JD then i am going to be surrounded by hot chicks like in an advertisement.
Hmmmm; I think we got mixed views on the subject. Am I right in understanding from reading the responses I got; the commentators also watched the videos in the posted links?
It is interesting to note the article and the "scientist" discussed in the article whose practices are questionable; not forgetting society in general see Autism Spectrum more as an illness than a disability this is what the label Autism Spectrum Disorder implies.
This is partly why people are confused about Autism because of the label given to the people showing the signs as opposed to "symptoms" of Autism; unfortunately this label is given to people who are "high functioning".
Is it no wonder then because of these labels that we are being treated as sub-human and; being scapegoated for the abuse we suffer while not getting a timely "diagnosis" as opposed to a prognosis???
I find it appalling that a non-verbal child on the Autism Spectrum has been given active psycho-ingredients; from a plant which is known for Class C narcotics within the Narcotics Industry. When all he needs is time, love and a speech therapist to help alleviate some of his difficulties. not forgetting the fact he is is living in a war zone part of the world where conflict is common between 2 people; this only be the most stress inducing environment for a non verbal child on the Autism Spectrum its the high level of stress which; will be making him poorly not the Autism.
It's not solely the "condition which causes distress" it's people's attitude towards it too.
In light of your views I have posted this article:
I agree; about the paranoia part of your comment; especially in light of the fact "undiagnosed" people on the Autism Spectrum; are being labeled with "Paranoid Ideation" when airing concerns of covert abuse from neuro-typical people.