I have been getting a lot of PMs with questions about medical marijuana due to my recent posts. I thought I would make a post to clarify a couple of things. Medical grade marijuana comes in pill form, as candies or as a whole plant to be smoked or vaped. Medical marijuana contains THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is what causes a person to get high. A strain of cannabis that lacks THC but is abundant in cannabidiol (CBD) has also been created. CBD is typically the second most common active compound in cannabis. From the many accounts I have been following some autism parents try THC free first for their child but don’t have as much success from it as the whole plant in its natural form that includes the THC. Many of you that know me well, know that I am very familiar and well educated about marijuana. I have done decades worth of personal research, listening to stories from others, learning all I can about the plant and how it helps people for an infinite number of ailments. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. Many of you also know that I am against pharmaceutical drugs and that I do not consider them to be a safe option- at least for Alexis (I understand that some conditions there may be no other choice). I have shared hardships with all of you on here – struggles we face as a family with a progressively more aggressive child who is diagnosed with Autism. A child whom is riddled in her anxieties and obsessive behaviors and needs help to calm down- which has become increasingly difficult for us. We have not found an option that works, that we consider safe. We have tried sensory therapy, occupational therapy, change of diet, alternative sound therapy, essential oils, herbal supplements, chiropractic / craniosacral message therapy and … the list could go on forever … all these we felt to be safe to try and have been helpful but not to the level we need where we are at now. We were lucky to get Alexis into the Dana program at the Mayo clinic when she was 3 years old, we still meet with doctors at the Mayo for her more in depth medical appointments. I hope that the appointment we have coming up in a couple weeks will educate us even further about medical cannabis and autism. If autism is added to the list for medical legalization for children with autism and the doctor thinks it could help Alexis, we would be open to having her try edible forms of cannabis along with her current behavioral therapy- while allowing the mayo to thoroughly study her progress further, maybe it will help more struggling families too. Why a safe PLANT isn’t a legal option is bewildering to me. As to whether I have tried it myself or not… I would not give my child something I am not familiar with and deem safe personally from experience and no I am not hoping to get my hands on it for myself- I have no problem going to Colorado if I wanted it for my own recreational reasons, her safety and our safety is not something I would jeopardize by ruining the chance to see if this can really help her. If you have any questions, I don’t mind answering them, this just covers the ones I have been asked about the most.