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May-05-2008 08:54printcomments

Autism, ADD, ADHD and Marijuana Therapy

Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician, Toxicologist and Pharmacologist. He is an expert in medical marijuana treatment.

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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - It has been known for at least 2,000 years that Marijuana/Cannabis is a psychotropic that affects the brain and central nervous system. (The Scythians) The first western references seem to be that it was a euphoric, in other words a central nervous system stimulant not like cocaine or amphetamines but a gentler pleasant stimulant.

Dr. W.B. O'Shaunessy (see: Medical Marijuana Feb-21-2008) found it to be an anti-convulsant against Tetanus, which may seem to cloud the issue. It is also a good anti-epileptic and centrally acting analgesic even effective for migraines as well as an anti-depressant and anxiolytic.

Dr. Tod Mikuriya has written that it promotes homeostasis or normalization of function in many various systems of the body and also modulates or moderates emotional hyperactivity such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, often known simply as PTSD.

I had heard or read about California marijuana doctors reporting that it was effective for the treatment of ADD and autism. These were single or isolated reports because physicians seemed to be reluctant to even talk about what the U.S. government constantly bleats about a "dangerous addicting drug", marijuana.

Dr. Mikuriya reported in 2006 in O'Shaunessy marijuana magazine that a 15-year old child was brought to him by his mother. He had been diagnosed with ADD and psychoses and had been given over 30 different kinds of drugs including pulverized kitchen sink, most of which made him combative and worse. He had used marijuana at age 11 with older friends.

It had a calming effect but his use brought police action and three court ordered rehabs which really drove him crazy. His mother found Dr. Mikuriya who prescribed Marinol which worked. A judge would not let him use ut, but a second judge did allow it and he got a marijuana permit and smoked it with dramatic improved results.

I decided a search of the Internet was advisable and I typed up marijuana autism with the surprising finding that the Autism Research Institute posted an article by Bernard Rinland Ph.D. Medical Marijuana: a valuable treatment for autism in 2003. The site discussed a letter from a mother of a violently autistic child. A friend suggested a marijuana brownie cookie which in the words of the mother "saved my child's life and my family's life."

The article continues to state that many parents in the same situation have reported marked success.

A second article from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) in 2002 written by Jay R. Cavanaugh Ph.D. titled Medical Cannabis and Brain Disorders reported effective use as follows: Bipolar disease (81 patients or 20%)
ADHD/ADD (53 patients or 13%)
Multiple Sclerosis (32 patients or 8%)
and neuropathy (35 patients or 9%).

Other interesting findings were PTSD (30 patients at 7%) and obsessive compulsive disorder (2.4 or 6%). They also reported successful treatment of Tourettes, Parkinson's, and Autism (10 patients or 2%)

It is time we got our medical dinosaurs M.D.S. out of the closet and educated to the marvelous benefits of this safe effective NEW-OLD medicine.

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Email him: Newsroom@Salem-News.com

More information on the history of Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of Phil Leveque about his experiences in WWII.
Order the book by mail by following this link: Dogface Soldier.
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.

Watch for more streaming video question and answer segments about medical marijuana with Bonnie King and Dr. Phil Leveque.

Click on this link for other articles and video segments about PTSD and medical marijuana on Salem-News.com: Dr. Leveque INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES




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Johnclave February 10, 2011 12:43 am (Pacific time)

My brother has adhd he is fifteenhe was diagnosed with it when he was 8 he was very agressive and fidgety when my mom took hime to the doctor he told her that he had adhd and gave her a prescrion for rydelin and it helped him alot He has been doing very well and starts grade ten next year. http://www.biblehealth.com/addadhd/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder.html


z February 5, 2009 5:21 am (Pacific time)

Medical bud is crazy good and will help anything you want it too because its a drug and it releases neurotransmitters so therefore you experience pleasure thus masking your problems for the time being. Why not use it...we all like to feel good!


MIKIE MARTINEZ October 2, 2008 5:22 am (Pacific time)

I DONT KNOW IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND MARIJUANA DAT IS NATURALLY GROWN, BUT I HAVE HAD MY ADHD DISORDER SINCE I WAS A YOUNG BOY, AND AT DA AGE OF 13 IN 8TH GRADE I STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA AND STOPPED TAKING MY MEDICAL PILLS BECAUSE THEY WOULD ALWAYS LEAVE ME LIKE IF I WAS A LITTLE BIT THUUURR, BUT MARIJUANA WOULD ALWAYS HELP ME CONCENTRATE BETTER ESPECIALLY ON MY SCHOOL WORK AND I WOULDNT HAVE THEM ALL OF A SUDDEN TANTRUMS AS I USE TO, INSTEAD I WAS MORE CALM AND PATIENT.. SO DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN TEXAS? I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER TO GET IT PERSCRIBED THAN GET ARRESTED FOR HAVING IT ILLEGALY.. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, THANKS.


keith August 21, 2008 10:25 pm (Pacific time)

Hi i'm in search of an alternative for all of the drugs they are putting in my brothers body to treat his Arthritis, ADHD, and Asbergers. I believe that all of those drugs just arnt healthy for him and that medical marijuana would be the best option I live in Oregon and I was wandering if anyone knows any doctors that would be helpful thanks.

 


melody July 28, 2008 6:59 pm (Pacific time)

I believe that myself son and my grandson have IT, I believe that it is a high functioning form. I had terrible problems with tantrums and fits as a youngster but found that after I was of legal age and started smoking pot that the symptoms were much less now that I never allowed my son to be medicated and that when my son got older and started to smoke too he had a lot better control of his actions. my grandson however was put on many different drugs, some that made him violently ill and that upset me more than the tantrums.he is on Adderall now which seems to be doing a pretty good job, but I do not like the idea of any unneeded drug put into a child's body and I do believe that vaccines and certain foods do aggravate these situations.


Victoria Stevens May 6, 2008 12:01 pm (Pacific time)

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