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What happens to an autistic teen if?

They smoke or eat a weed Cookie? I'm not saying I'm going to do it but I've always wondered. Do they get the same effect? Is it dangerous? Like would they flip out?

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  • 7 years ago
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    'Smoking-medical marijuana. It provides immediate effect and the patient has the ability to control the dosage. Problem with smoking is the ingredients in the smoke can result in respiratory problems, such as coughing, excessive sputum production, wheezing, and also in lung damage..many researchers believe that it contains carcinogens, toxins, this increases the risk of cancer & respiratory diseases... researchers recommend people to look for some other method to consume medical marijuana... long-term smoking of medical marijuana can hasten the weakening of lung function. For many patients smoking medical marijuana to increase quality of life is often worth the long-term risks.

    Eating Medical Marijuana- patients who experience lung/throat problems due to smoking of medical marijuana, there are medical marijuana edibles available in the form of cookies, teas, lollipops and brownies. It is believed eating medical marijuana is a better way to ingest the THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. Not without risks. When a patient eats medical marijuana, the active ingredient does not get absorbed into the blood as quickly as it would have if the patient had smoked the cannabis. As a result, the effects of the marijuana take long to manifest and this increases the chances of overdose. Also, patients suffering from nausea cannot stomach eat. 'primary symptoms of autism & why marijuana doesn't help.3 significant symptoms an autistic child suffers from, these are problems in socially relating to others, qualitative impairments in communicating & restrictive repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior. Marijuana does not improve any of these symptoms. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse..heavy marijuana use, (smoking for 27 consecutive days or more,) leads to a decline in a person's ability to learn, retain information & function successfully in society. Being able to socially relate to others in diverse settings is learned behavior, so for a child who already struggles with this skill, marijuana decreases the likelihood that any progress will be made on the issue...1978 research study conducted on "marijuana and the perception of effect."The results of this study strongly suggested that consumption of marijuana significantly reduced an individual's ability to perceive emotions in others. Needless to say the ability for one person to perceive emotions in another involves empathy on the perceiver's part and for empathy to be present; communication also has to be present. Yet another reason why giving marijuana to an autistic child is a poor medical decision, as the likelihood of a child's being able to improve upon poor communication skills is significantly reduced. Third symptom of autism in children which has to do with restrictive, repetitive & stereotyped patterns of behaviors, all have to do with the child or adolescent developing an awareness on how certain socially unacceptable behaviors can put others off, and can cause a child to experience excessive episodes of rejection. Again being able to read social cues, all comes down to being empathetic. 'How does it work & what is the chemical make-up of cannabis? There are about 400 chemical compounds in an average cannabis plant. The 4 main compounds are called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), cannabidiol, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol. Apart from cannabidiol (CBD), these compounds are psychoactive, the strongest one being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The stronger varieties of the plant contain little cannabidiol (CBD), whilst the delta-9-THC content is a lot higher.

    When cannabis is smoked, its compounds rapidly enter the bloodstream and are transported directly to the brain and other parts of the body. The feeling of being ‘stoned’ or ‘high’ is caused mainly by the delta-9-THC binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. A receptor is a site on a brain cell where certain substances can stick or “bind” for a while. If this happens, it has an effect on the cell and the nerve impulses it produces. Curiously, there are also cannabis-like substances produced naturally by the brain itself – these are called endocannabinoids. Most of these receptors are found in the parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception. Cannabis compounds can also affect the eyes, the ears, the skin and the stomach.

    Source(s): SHORT-TERM EFFECTS:-Loss of coordination & distortions in sense of time, vision & hearing, sleepiness, reddening of eyes, increased appetite & relaxed muscles. Heart rate can speed up. In first hour of smoking marijuana, a user’s risk of a heart attack could increase fivefold. School performance is reduced through impaired memory & lessened ability to solve problems. LONG-TERM EFFECTS:-Long-term use can cause psychotic symptoms. It can also damage the lungs, heart, worsen the symptoms of bronchitis & cause coughing & wheezing. It may reduce the body’s ability to fight lung infections & illness. Marijuana itself does not lead the person to the other drugs: people take drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. When “high” fades, problem, unwanted condition or situation returns more intensely than before. User may then turn to stronger drugs since marijuana no longer “works.”
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