Why I Give My 9-Year-Old Pot

The title is provocative, but this piece from the site Double X is extremely moving. Here’s why you give a child in elementary school marijuana:

My son J has autism. He’s also had two serious surgeries for a spinal cord tumor and has an inflammatory bowel condition. For a time, anti-inflammatory medication seemed to control his pain. But in the last year, it stopped working.

J’s school called my husband and me in for a meeting. Since autistic children like J can’t exactly do talk therapy, this meant sedating, antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal—Thorazine for kids.

Last year, Risperdal was prescribed for more than 389,000 children—240,000 of them under the age of 12—for bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, and other disorders. Yet the drug has never been tested for long-term safety in children and carries a severe warning of side effects.(Click through the link for more.)

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  • Word Eater

    I've never used illicit drugs, but I've also never faulted my friends who did.

    “Everything in moderation.” was the motto most of them kept to.

    I have never understood the War on Drugs as it actually presents itself in the United States of America. The small “criminal” are targeted because they are easy and less risky while the organizations that run the drug trade are free to do whatever they wish. Drug mules, with their piles of cash and drugs, are attractive targets because they fund the police forces coffers.

    Drugs that have measurable benefits, such as marijuana and LSD, are demonized. At the same time, big pharma legally advertises drugs with cute commercials that their own research tells us are dangerous (sometimes, half the commercial is someone calmly listing the possible side effects like 'death').

    It makes no sense.

    The fact that this woman is able to provide such a wonderful benefit to her child and all those who interact with him with something most of the country thinks is evil and instantly addictive is a sad testament to the state of the USA. Truly, we are at our “best” when we are united in hate against a perceived threat, even if the threat is imaginary.

    • Buffet

      Well stated.

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  • http://blog.trwolfe.com T.R. Wolfe

    This is an amazing article. This is a great story to share because it shows that if it's good enough for a kid with autism and he's showing some positive results from its use, then everyone should right?

    Can you feel the tide shifting? I sure as hell can.

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    Definitely, this is a clear example of how drugs should be used properly. the child without drugs like this would have suffered a lot more and I would agree wtih the parent that pot is a rational decision to take… Still, many people oppose of this….. google sniper review

  • http://www.googlesniper.info/ Google Sniper

    This is a very good article. Maybe the medical community at large may have a more open mind when thinking of marijuana as medicine, instead of an illegal drug.

    There is no doubt that any smoke inhaled into the lungs has it’s carcinogins. There are of course other ways to ingest it. Have you ever read about the side effects of almost every legal drug? Pretty scary indeed!

  • http://www.googlesniper.info/ Google Sniper

    This is a very good article. Maybe the medical community at large may have a more open mind when thinking of marijuana as medicine, instead of an illegal drug.

    There is no doubt that any smoke inhaled into the lungs has it's carcinogins. There are of course other ways to ingest it. Have you ever read about the side effects of almost every legal drug? Pretty scary indeed!

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    that’s kind of scary, giving pots to children!

  • http://www.lovetimecapsule.com eternal love

    that’s kind of scary, giving pots to children!