What is autistic rage, and why would somebody use marijuana to combat it? I’ve compiled some clips from before we even considered marijuana just to show people how intense and dangerous a child can be. We took these videos to prove our child was hurting himself (i.e., no child abuse), and to show doctors just how intense his behaviors could be.
So when worrying about nebulous long-term effects of marijuana that may or may not even exist, consider the long-term effects of this kind of behavior:
This is a compilation of clips from two videos we made after dosing Alex with hash. The first clips are from what was one of his best moments in the past few years, where he was relaxed enough to play with his hands without hurting himself, but not really “high” – he’s engaged in his world and exploring. Obviously the marijuana isn’t going to magically cure autism, but he’s finally in a place where learning can happen.
After those clips, a second set of clips appears from a different time when he was particularly verbal. Given that he doesn’t talk at all yet, speech therapists have told us it’s very good for him to practice the “ba ba” and “ma ma” sounds, so we were particularly excited to see him so noisy.
18 months later, Alex is still in agony
This is Alex as of mid-August, 2011. We still can’t get marijuana administered in his group home. It’s been recommended by two pediatricians (primary care doctors, not alternative medicine doctors), and it’s ingested, not smoked. Yet we can’t even get a dialogue going. He has better days than this, but his behaviors have never been what you’d call “under control”.
When asked how often cannabis helps Alex, and by how much, I had trouble explaining it until I thought about days like this:
Is it a miracle plant that fixes everything? No. But on average, if we rated his rage on a scale from 1 to 10, the tincture we’re giving him (as of January 2013) would drop his rage by two points. It’s sometimes far more dramatic than that, and sometimes nothing happens at all. But on average, we see a noticeable difference, even if it’s not dramatic.