Marlboro boy with severe autism sees life-changing improvements with cannabis treatment – CBS Boston

MARLBORO (CBS) – For families of children with severe autism, finding a treatment plan can be a daunting and often tricky process. But now some are turning to a controversial alternative: cannabis.

Marlboro’s Lizabeth Lane Morse says cannabis treatment for her autistic son, Mark, has changed his life.

Three years ago, Mark’s behaviors were taking over his life, Lizabeth said.

“He broke a window,” she explained. “He was smashing TVs left and right, sticking his head in iPads.”

And then came the breaking point.

“Mark stuck his head in an aquarium. I’m talking about half-inch-thick tempered glass,” Lizabeth said, recalling the terrifying incident. flowed. And there were fish sinking and collapsing all over the floor. It was a horrible scene.”

Therapeutic intervention and medications were not working. That’s when she turned to cannabis.

The change was almost immediate.

“Within 10 days of starting cannabis therapy, Mark became verbal,” she recalled.

Those first words helped overcome a fear of going to bed.

“He knew how to tell me. He said it was too dark in here, I’m afraid.

And that led to other breakthroughs.

“Waiting six years to hear your son say ‘I love you mom,'” Lizabeth said. “It was something I always knew, I knew he loved me. But to hear him say it was great. It was a great feeling.

Mark’s doctor, Benjamin Caplan, is one of the few doctors able to prescribe cannabis to children in Massachusetts. He said it could really open up new worlds.

“These kids are in there,” Caplan said. “It’s not like they weren’t human. But they cannot express themselves.

Dr Caplan said there is a stigma around cannabis as a medical treatment that goes back decades.

“He was taken out of the education system. So doctors are not informed about it. They don’t know how to use it. »

Most prescriptions are a mix of THC and CBD cannabinoids. And unlike other medications, they are all natural.

“We can change their neurochemistry,” Caplan said. “The chemistry in their brains, so they can feel and communicate a little more like people who don’t have autism.”

But for real progress to be made, Caplan believes the negativity surrounding cannabis must end.

“Is your child on Zoloft? Is your child on Adderall? Aren’t we calling those drugs? I think the judgment is in the eye of the beholder.

As for Lizabeth, the results with Mark gave their family a bright future.

“We do what works for our family. No one really knows his story. And no one knows the challenges and battles we have been through.

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