Mieko Hester-Perez, International Autism & Cannabis Healthcare Advocate, interviews 101 CBD founder, Justin Benton, as a part of Hopegrown.com’s continuing series this month highlighting National Autism Awareness Month. Hopegrown.com is a wellness and healthcare company that has been catering to medical marijuana patients since 2015. Their mission is to aide people in becoming a medical marijuana patient in compliant states, finding physicians who recommend medicinal marijuana and learning about the health benefits of cannabis.
Justin shares his inspiring story of his son’s rebound from a severe Autism diagnosis with the help of Raw CBDa. He touches on the misconception people have regarding treating children with THC. Due to the fact that the brain is essentially still developing until the age of 25, the effects of THC on developing brains (especially on individuals with neurological conditions like Autism) can be very detrimental. During National Autism Awareness Month, at 101 CBD we hope to bring light to the challenges parents are facing in trying to help their Autistic children succeed. Most parents have tried everything and are desperate to find anything that will work. Some “treatments”, like THC, can actually do more damage than good and it is our mission to help parents navigate this challenging journey.
Mieko also asks Justin’s opinion on what is lacking in cannabis research for people on the Autism spectrum. Justin mentions the severe lack in “published medical research on the benefits of hemp-extracted CBD, and cold-extracted CBDA products for persons on the autism spectrum.” He suggests “using treatment evaluation instruments like the ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist) [that are] available online to parents and staff” as one way to document progress in research efforts.
Click on the link below to read the full interview. If you have further questions, click here to sign up for a free 101 CBD consultation with our very own Janet Benton-Gaillard, EdS, Director of Research and Development. During National Autism Awareness Month, we want to honor each and every individual affected by Autism. Every experience is vastly different and in sharing our story we hope to give others hope for those whose Autism experience has been a difficult one.