Boy With Autism, Gets Medical Marijuana To Manage Self-Destructive Rages

Heartbroken and desperate, an Oregon family has turned to medical marijuana to help manage their son’s self-destructive rages. They say the treatment, which has sparked controversy, has helped their child, described as “severely autistic,” like nothing else has.

According to KPTV, 11-year-old Alex Echols suffers from tuberous sclerosis — a rare genetic disorder that causes the growth of non-malignant tumors in organs. Doctors say Alex has growths in his brain that have led to autism, debilitating seizures and self-directed rages.

Writing in a blog he set up for his son, dad Jeremy Echols explains that Alex often exhibits extreme, self-destructive behavior, such as slamming his head into walls and slapping his face until it bleeds.

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One Response to Boy With Autism, Gets Medical Marijuana To Manage Self-Destructive Rages

  1. Alexander K. says:

    Autism….self-destructive behavior…I know all these things because they were part of my life till I was 17. I still have biting marks and I still remember why I hurt myself, but nowadays it seems like the most idiotic thing I ever did. Nontheless this case makes me remember this pain and I wish to the fullest that I could aid Alex just I was aided.

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