cannabis vs pharmaceuticals for autism
"But while I am not “pro-drug,” I am very much 'pro–safe and effective treatment,' especially in cases where an autistic individual’s behaviors are dangerous or destructive. Early evidence suggests that, in such cases, medical marijuana can be a beneficial treatment, as well as being less harmful than the drugs doctors routinely prescribe."
– Dr Bernard Rimland , Is marijuana a valuable treatment for autism?
There are no FDA approved medicines for treating the core symptoms of autism – communication difficulties, social challenges and repetitive behavior. There is also no drug that safely and effectively treats common behavioral issues of aggression and self-injury. Of course there are many pharmaceuticals which are used off label to treat underlying medical conditions, symptoms and behaviors, but doctors are still searching for safe and effective medicines to address the complex issues of autism. To put it simply, there is no pill for autism. However, there are two FDA approved drugs for treating behavioral symptoms associated with autism - risperidone and aripiprazole (both for irritability). Both of these drugs come with significant risk of dangerous and sometimes permanent side effects. What kind of choice is that? Medical cannabis offers doctors a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals. To learn more about the efficacy of cannabis for autism, click here.