Is Medical Marijuana the Most Effective Treatment for Autism?
He isn’t your ordinary Doctor.
“It was a “no-brainer” that kids with autism could benefit from medical cannabis.”
Due to the intricacies of this new law, he opened Wholistic Releaf, a specialty clinic dedicated to medical cannabis. He spoke passionately about his research, but it was a candid discussion without the medical jargon that tends to fog most person-doctor discussions. His research led to hours of his developing a spreadsheet matching the debilitating symptoms associated with autism (anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, self-injurious/challenging behavior, communication difficulty, etc.) to the list of similar symptoms in qualifying conditions, such as Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), to name a few. This would serve as Dr. David's supporting documentation for qualifying children and adults with autism for medical cannabis. A treatment that could potentially ease the day-to-day challenges that individuals with special needs experience.
He further researched the various strains and dosage combinations of the two components CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), so he can make informed recommendations that will maximize the positive effects it could have on his patients. Dr. David doesn’t just certify patients for the medical cannabis card. He works collaboratively with his patients and their families. They are equal partners as they move forward in the treatment process.
Desperate Times call for Effective Measures
Jen would take Gabriel to school only to have to go back within thirty minutes to pick him up. Gabriel had episodes for over a year where he would become almost catatonic for weeks at a time.
“It was the first time since I’ve had my son that I realized I couldn’t help him. Life can’t go on like this. Depression sets in because you’re only as happy as your happiest child.”
Medical Marijuana was the Natural Next Step
"I got my son back," Jen said. She talked about him smiling all the time and how jovial he is. Gabriel is now able to participate in family functions and in the community again.
- Work with a doctor who is well-informed and whom you trust.
- Be patient – but be prepared to be your own advocate during this process. Don’t rely on anyone to make phone calls (the application process often requires follow-up with the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana use).
- Don’t give up hope right away - You might need to try different dosages like Gabriel did.
- Stay informed because the laws are always changing.
Medical Marijuana isn’t just healing those living in daily
pain and agony – It’s Improving Quality of Life
Medical marijuana could be the miracle treatment for self-advocates and families struggling with debilitating challenges in their daily lives.
If you're interested in learning more about Dr. David and his practice, visit "Wholistic Releaf."
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