Parents Turn To Cannabis To Treat ASD, Even As Doctors Urge Caution
[Source: Disability Scoop]
Less than a year ago, Erica Daniels, a Horsham, Pa. mother of two, did what once upon a time she would have considered unthinkable. She gave her son Leo, who has autism and is now 12, a dose of cannabis oil — marijuana.
Medical researchers generally argue that evidence for the drug’s effectiveness in treating autism is lacking and its safety is unproven.
But Daniels had heard the promising stories told by other parents. Still, after 10 years of seeing her son grapple with severe anxiety, temper tantrums and obsessive behaviors that too often left him seeming like an unhappy boy, she wasn’t prepared for what happened next.