Sometimes parents do amazing things because of their kids. Yuval’s mom, Abigail, campaigns and is raising funds for trials to include all the cannabinoids in treatment for autism. She has to raise $30,000 and knows there is only one shot at it.
Mom of 23-year-old autistic son is raising funds to prove the ‘entourage effect’ of cannabinoids for autism successful.
Collective Evolution interviewed mom, Abigail, from Israel. She describes living with severe autism as living hell. She has been going through this for 22 years, and says people don’t understand what it is like. Children are usually diagnosed around 18 months and the number of children with autism is increasing. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in every 160 children are affected worldwide, but in the US it rises to 1 in 68.
At the severe end of the spectrum, autism is intellectually disabling, with tendencies to self injure, violent outbursts, high levels of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior and epileptic seizures in 30% of patients.
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Most parents have no option but to put their faith in conventional pharmaceutical treatment options offered by the medical profession.
Yuval was put onto antipsychotic medication on the recommendation of his doctors at the age of 12. His condition became worse, and at 17 he started having seizures, so epileptic drugs were added to the regime.
Yuval’s family were convinced the antipsychotic drugs were making things worse, and they looked into alternative treatments, finding many anecdotal reports of autistic children responding well to medicinal cannabis.
Treatment of mercy
Israel’s Department of Health includes a Medical Cannabis Unit, but autism is not a qualifying condition. Abigail had to appeal for a medical cannabis card under mercy treatment provisions.
Abigail says the moment Yuval stared taking medical cannabis there were positive effects, he became calm, concentrated, and he even smiled. He didn’t have outbursts where he would sometimes even attack her, or self injure. “It was like a miracle for me and for him; it was life changing,” she says.
Many parents whose lives were changed dramatically by the herb take action so that others may benefit too. Abigail began campaigning for autism to be recognized as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.
First clinical study of cannabis for autism
Adi Aran from Shaare Zedek Medical Center has been granted approval to study cannabis for autism, the first clinical study on autism. Abigail met him and they started working together.
Abigail believes the whole cannabis plant had a better effect on Yuval than single molecule extracts. Clinical research favors patentable, single cannabinoids, and she became worried that financial pressure would limit the study’s efficacy.
Abigail says, “It’s going to be the first clinical research on cannabinoids for autism. And it must work, because if they gave clean CBD or isolated cannabinoids, and it didn’t work for autism, it would be devastating because people wouldn’t bother to read exactly what they gave. They would just read cannabis doesn’t work for autistic people.”
She is so convinced that the trial must be conducted on all the cannabinoids to attain the ‘entourage effect’ that she has started to raise funds. They have to raise $30,000. If more funds are raised, more groups and more strains of the cannabis plant can be covered to learn what really works best, she says.
It is like a miracle, he can communicate his wants and needs
Yuval is making such wonderful progress his family is over the moon with joy. Abigail says for the first time, he is a person, without all the distractions that come with autism. He has even learned to type and can say what he wants. He typed a message saying he is becoming more independent, which is unbelievable to his mom. She says they have done so much work with him, but never before could he communicate his wants and needs.
Cannabinoids for autism
The effect Yuval experienced on all the cannabinoids for autism is astounding. One can’t imagine that one plant could be so effective, and have such life changing effects. One wishes he could have had it 22 years ago, and this is what makes Abigail’s action so understandable. She might be instrumental in saving other parents years and years of suffering. Let us all support her effort as much as we can.