Medical Marijuana for child with Autism

May 18, 2011
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For the past two years, Marie Myung-Ok Lee has been giving her son with autism, J.,  legalized marijuana to reduce his violent behaviors and gastrointestinal pain. Medical Marijuana has replaced the powerful psychotropic drugs that mute his violent behaviors but do nothing for his pain.  There are also harsh potential side effects from such drugs including “permanent tics, diabetes, and death”.  Mrs. Lee believes that medical marijuana has been a “qualified success”.  She is now able to enjoy her son’s company instead of dealing with what she calls “being held hostage by his autism in a house full of screams, destruction, and three very unhappy people”.

In the beginning of their son’s diagnosis, doctors proposed that many of J’s violent behaviors were caused from gastrointestinal pain.  He would bang his head into hard objects such as the floor or on the edge of a cast iron bathtub. When they started giving him prescription drugs to combat the pain, her son stopped banging his head on the hard objects. However, because of the side effects of the drug, J. had to stop taking them.

The Lees have tested “dozens of marijuana strains” to find which ones worked better for their son.  Their son does not smoke the marijuana but instead ingests it in food as medicine. “Our grower  has figured out how to extract the plants active properties into an olive oil tincture, which we can administer in precise amounts from a dropper.“

Among the comments Mrs. Lee has received from parenting sites include “No poor child deserves to be attacked by marijuana when it is SUPPOSED to be protected!”  She has also received support from other parents saying they would do the same thing if they were in her situation.   Other parents that have children with autism write in to tell how they have begun to give their children marijuana.  They have experienced only good effects from the marijuana.

To learn more about Mrs. Lee and her son’s usage of medical marijuana, read her first, second, third, and fourth essays at http://www.doublex.com/section/health-science/why-i-give-my-9-year-old-pot, http://www.doublex.com/section/health-science/why-i-give-my-9-year-old-pot-part-ii , http://www.slate.com/id/2251174/ and http://www.slate.com/id/2294072/

Author: Melissa



  • BobLujano

    I think what we need to keep in perspective is that this is a medical procedure. It’s not an opportunity to bash a family that has obviously made a sound decision hopefully with doctor’s support. This isn’t a situation where a family is looking to exploit illegal narcotics, but instead provide a positive framework on how to deal with this issue. I wish them nothing but the best of success.  

  • RegginRalph

    Marijuana is quite simply a MIRACLE.

    GET USED TO IT!