Cannabis Needs to Be Front Line Treatment for Autism Over Anti-Psychotics and SSRIs
“I had tried to kill myself several times before switching to cannabis. This is medicine. This is healing.”
My name is Wendy, and I spent my entire life suffering from an undiagnosed autistic condition, also undiagnosed Marfan’s Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and most likely Kyphoscoliotic Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Waiting for the genetics test, the wait is two years.) I have lived for almost 30 years with almost constant pain and suffering.
Despite seeing huge benfits from my cannabis use at age 14, I didn’t enjoy being civilly disobedient, and I got a lot of pressure from my parents.
The doctors and psychiatrists put me on huge cocktails of conventional medications for a misdiagnosis of Bipolar/Bordlerline Personality Disorder. I would take over 20 pills at a time, three times per day. I was not myself, I was dark, deranged, and suicidal. I had been a happy child. This existential crisis always lived within me.
After a motor vehicle accident, and to help my ADHD, I pushed hard to get a medical cannabis license. Currently in Canada, I only have access to some of the products I used to use but what I needed to come off the cocktail, and to spare myself from a wheelchair, was Hayley’s Comet:Phoenix Tears in a 1:1 ratio, daily before work. When I started this regime, along with topicals, suppositories, smoking dry herb for acute symptoms like breakthrough pain and autistic meltdowns, I suddenly could join life again.
Cannabis is first line treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and needs to be looked at for autistic children before we give them antipsychotics and SSRIs.
I have a genius IQ and there is NOTHING like Cannabis for clearing my mind, lifting my mood, and lessening my pain so I can think and contribute to society.