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The medical benefits of cannabis in children suffering from autism-related symptoms have long been speculated about, but only recently, with new laws being passed, have we truly been able to see results. In an article published in Autism Research Review International, Doctor Bernard Rimland, founder of the Autism Society of America (ASA), claimed that “evidence suggests that in such cases, medical cannabis may be a beneficial treatment” for persons in the autism spectrum.
In 2009, Mieko Hester-Perez the pioneer of this unconventional treatment initially opened the doors with her groundbreaking research on her first public interview on Good Morning America. In 2015, she continues her mission to enlighten families and medical professionals reaching internationally on media networks ABC, NBC, CBS, Telemundo and Univision news outlets. Ms. Perez, mother of 3 and legal secretary for over 20 years, is President of CA Corporate & Attorney Services Inc. in Los Angeles and Co-Founder of The Unconventional Foundation for Autism, an informational website. With her Congressional recognition for her commitment to the special needs community, Ms. Perez currently sits on the board of NORML Woman’s Alliance to assist special needs families, medical professionals and universities on a national platform.
Ms. Perez’s alliances have made it possible to introduce Joey’s Strain as a viable option to the autism community with the help of her team.
Mr. Aaron Justis is President of Buds & Roses Collective which is one of the most highly regarded cannabis facilities in Los Angeles. This is a nonprofit base which supports a platform of cultivation, combined with a strong commitment to activism and proper practices. Aaron has championed these best practices at national forums and around the world. He sits on the board of directors for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) He is also on the Steering Committee for the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA) and is part of the Americans for Safe Access Los Angeles Advisory Committee.
Aaron and his team have earned the distinction of having a world class dispensary which also offers the best cannabis in the country, winning the most High Times Cannabis Cup awards in the US 20 times in the last 3 years. This includes a 1st place in BOTH High Times U.S. Cannabis Cups.
Stirred by Joey’s story, Aaron Justis decided to put his genetics company, Kushman Genetics to the task. Utilizing his partners and master cultivators, Tyler Wadleigh and Kyle Kushman, and through specialized breeding and cultivation techniques, they were able to create a high-quality herbal medicine with just the right combination of cannabinoids and terpines for Joey. Joey’s case has inspired other parents to seek similar treatments for their children and Joey’s Strain may offer then similar relief.
When doctors began highlighting the positive effects of cannabis in children, the public demanded that it should be made available immediately. States then went from banning cannabis to enacting legislation that would give children, who needed it, access to this medicinal miracle, which could be an essential part to their recovery. But it’s the CBDs (Cannabidiol) that were made available, not THC, so people must be made aware of the distinction.
The FDA only supports the trial of CBD-rich cannabis extracts and does not support legalization of cannabis for medical use, despite studies which suggest that THC dramatically improves the body’s natural production of endocannabinoids, correcting behavioral issues related to fragile X syndrome, the most common known genetic cause of autism.
As Aaron and Mieko work diligently on medical and legal frontlines to further their community involvement they have teamed up with Acology Inc. (OTCQB: ACOL) specifically for its revolutionary container, the MedTainer. They have created a new custom “Joey’s Strain” logo which will be placed on this exclusive child-resistant, patented, FDA-approved bottle.
All involved agree on the importance of providing industry leading, compliant packaging of medical cannabis products to this new patient base and families.
Thus, as “Joey’s Strain” becomes available in other compassionate states, the strain will never be packaged without a Medtainer or its distinctive logo.
For previous Ladybud Magazine articles about cannabis for autism, click here.