So, a few remarks on the interwebz caught my eye. It seems that some researchers are looking at giving cannabis to autistic people as therapy. The idea is that the drug will help autistics deal with anxiety.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana and dagga, comes from the plant Cannbis Sativa. The active ingredient is named tetrahyrdocannabinol. Chopped up plants are used as the source. Resin scraped from the flowering heads of the female plant is known as hashish, and has a very high concentration of THC.
In most countries, cannabis is illegal. In the Netherlands, it is sold in some coffee shops with numerous restrictions.
Even though I’ve neither had, nor intend to have, cannabis, I agree with those who say it should be legalised with the same restrictions placed on the sale and consumption of tobacco. The main argument against decriminalisation is that cannabis provides entree to harder drugs, but the evidence points to nicotene being more addictive. In addition, if cannabis were legally available for sale with registered dealers, the illegal dealers wouldn’t have the opportunity to introduce people who wished to have cannabis to harder drugs.
Having said all that, what do I think of Cannabis Therapy for Autistics?
I think it’s an incredibly stupid idea. Autistic people are typically obsessive. Giving an addictive substance to an autistic is a recipe for trouble. I should know. I’m a caffeine hog as it is. I’ve also known a few addicts.
I think that the person who thought this up needs to put down the zol, and get a different idea.