In a literature review from 2015 of medical marijuana for use in pediatric and behavioral problems such as ASD and ADHD, Knight concluded that “cannabis cannot be safely recommended.” He says that the most recent studies haven’t changed his mind either, although he understands the parents’ motivation.
“I have no criticism for any family that decides to try anything to help their child,” said Knight.
However, medical marijuana supporters say that grassroots support for cannabis treatment of ASD, is indicative of a historic trend in the United States.
Paul Armentano, deputy director of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said that, in part because ASD parents had anecdotal evidence about the benefits of medical marijuana, the scientific community has taken an interest in exploring these drugs.
“It is because of their advocacy that the scientific community is just now beginning to substantiate the patient community’s claims,” Armentano told Healthline. “As is often the case with issues surrounding cannabis, both science and the law are playing ‘catch up.’”