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Joshua was born in 2015 and was a seemingly happy, healthy boy who was meeting all of his milestones.
At 16 months old he was a happy, giggly, chatty fun little boy who was constantly learning.
He was a very independent child and a good eater.
However, by 18 months old, following his baby sister joining the family, Joshua began to talk less.
He quickly lost all the words he had learned, all his babble, all his eye contact, his ability to play, and all his appetite for food.
Joshua began to flap his arms uncontrollably, bounce on his knees for hours, scream at any time for no reason at all, he lost a lot of weight and became very pale and sullen.
Subsequently, Joshua was diagnosed with Non-Verbal Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The family were devastated, and whilst they attended various therapy sessions to support Joshua, every day was an exhausting battle and progress was slow.
One day, a nurse - who could hear Joshua having a meltdown in the next room - suggested CBD.
Joshua's Mum had heard of it, but associated it with marijuana and didn't want a stoned son. However, Joshua's Mum threw herself into research and subsequently began Joshua's treatment.
The effects were IMMEDIATE, Joshua was given CBD oil in the morning before nursery and Joshua's parents were thrilled to be told at the end of the day that he was on fantastic form and had eaten well.
Within days Joshua was eating more normally and within a matter of weeks, he began to babble again and started making eye contact.
One year on... the progress has been immense.
Joshua's happy, he's chatty, he plays with friends and the family can actually go to shops and restaurants without too much stress.
Of course, Joshua still has ASD and he still has bad days, but in Mum's own words
'I got my little boy back'.
Mieko Hester-Perez is the founder of the Unconventional Foundation for Autism.
Mieko’s passion for CBD as a treatment for autism is inspired by the effect medical marijuana has on her own son, Joey, who was diagnosed with a severe form of autism at 16 months old.
Following her announcement on live TV that she was medicating her 10 year old son with medicinal marijuana, Meiko says she began to receive more and more phone calls and emails from parents of autistic children wanting to know more.
It was from this reaction, that she decided to start the Unconventional Foundation for Autism.
Mieko described her son as hostile and extremely aggressive. He would run away from the home and would demonstrate self-injurious behaviours.
He was a danger to himself and to others.
In addition to this, Joey was diagnosed with malnutrition. He simply wouldn’t eat and his weight began to drop to a life-threatening level.
The first time Mieko gave her son medical marijuana a change was seen within hours.
His whole demeanour changed, he was calm and much to his mother’s utter joy - he asked for food!
Mieko maintains that medical marijuana not only altered his personality for the better, but it saved his life.
Normally completely non-verbal, Joey made sounds for the first time.
Within months, his eyes were bright, he was making eye contact, he was smiling and laughing. He was a totally different boy.
“He was calm, sociable, happy, more productive,” Joey's Mum said.
Joey’s mother shared that he only has a medical marijuana-laced brownie once every couple of days. But this amount has enabled Joey to reduce his list of daily medications from 13 to 3.
In this video below, a Doctor states that “he’s intoxicated, he’s stoned, it means that he’s under the influence of a drug and may have an addiction that can cause psychosis and may lead to schizophrenia”.
These kinds of statements are infuriating, because they are completely misleading and do not do the stigma of CBD any favours at all.
Yes, THC gets you high, but medical marijuana is a mix of THC and CBD, with the amount of THC often being so low the classic effects of marijuana are non-existent. We have been unable to find out the exact levels of CBD/THC Meiko gives her son.
But she won’t be the only doctor with this view. Medical marijuana is not scientifically validated, and therefore some claim it’s not safe for children. And of course, there is some truth here. We know that there isn’t enough research on CBD, but with more and more stories like Mieko’s surfacing, why is it that the research isn’t being conducted?
Meiko hopes - as do we - that her story will give other families hope, and that the information she shares will inform others to make their own decisions on whether giving CBD to their child is right for them.