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New Partnership Forged To Research Marijuana As A Treatment For Autism


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Cannabis Science Reaches Final Partnership Structure with Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A)

Cannabis Science, Inc. , a pioneering US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products, is pleased to announce clarification and partnership structure with The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (“UF4A”).

Cannabis Science wishes to clarify that the partnership is only a partnership with UF4A. Cannabis Science has no relationship or affiliation with the University of California, Irvine, the Dean of the UCI School of Medicine, or any of its faculty (“UCI”). UF4A has no affiliation with UC Irvine, though UC Irvine psychiatrist Dr. Rebecca Hedrick treats the autistic son of UF4A founder, Mieko Hester-Perez. Neither UCI nor Dr. Hedrick is conducting research into medical marijuana and autism. After exhausting all traditional medical options and with Hester-Perez’s son’s life in question, Hester-Perez chose to augment her son’s therapy with cannabis under a state compliant recommendation. As a result, her son saw marked improvement and was able to eliminate approximately 80% of the prescription drugs from his daily regimen.

The partnership structure between Cannabis Science and UF4A will focus on the advancement of medical marijuana to treat autism patients, and to build acceptance for this natural and remarkably effective autism treatment. The partnership promises to bring innovative autism research and to help raise awareness among traditional medical professionals that remain unaware of the drug’s benefits and low toxicity profile.

Dr. Robert Melamede Ph.D., Cannabis Science Inc., President & CEO, stated, “We are excited to continue the partnership with UF4A and help advocate for the treatment of Autism with medical marijuana, in addition to our launch party and other public forums and media initiatives. Autism stands out amongst medical conditions because there is no medicine to treat it, and the only relating medicine are prescribed for the associated side effects and not Autism itself. Medical marijuana is the only medicine that can directly treat the Autism and without the horrific side effects of pharmaceuticals.”

Hester-Perez attributes dramatic improvements in her son’s behavior and overall health to the addition of cannabis to his treatment. Approximately 10 other autistic persons have seen improvements since augmenting their therapy with cannabis within UF4A’s case studies. She hopes this will form the basis for official academic research in the future.

A partnership launch party is currently being planned to help roll out our public awareness campaign and goals for advancing acceptable medical marijuana therapy for autism patients.

Medical LeafAbout UF4A

The Unconventional Foundation for Autism, UF4A for short, is a non-profit organization. The mission of UF4A is three fold: (1) to raise awareness and support for families afflicted with this mysterious and misunderstood condition known as Autism; (2) to raise funds for cannabis-based medical research and clinical trials; and (3) to campaign for a rescheduling of cannabis from Schedule 1 narcotic (no accepted medical benefits) to a lower schedule so that the appropriate research may be conducted, and so that all patients have access to medication. A listing on Schedule 1 is tantamount to a research blockade and, frankly, is unacceptable where millions continue to needlessly suffer and subject to criminal punishment should they choose to use cannabis under the direction of their physician. The Schedule 1 listing fails to reflect the prevailing medical view that cannabis has accepted medical benefits. UF4A is quickly becoming a leading advocate in the fight for nationwide investigation, research and analysis of the legalization of Medical Marijuana.

About Cannabis Science, Inc.

Cannabis Science, Inc. is at the forefront of pharmaceutical grade medical marijuana research and development. The Company works with world authorities on phytocannabinoid science targeting critical illnesses, and adheres to scientific methodologies to develop, produce and commercialize phytocannabinoid-based pharmaceutical products. In sum, we are dedicated to the creation of cannabis-based medicines, both with and without psychoactive properties, to treat disease and the symptoms of disease, as well as for general health maintenance. www.cannabisscience.com


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  1. How interesting that the majority of people who have medical marijuana cards aren’t using cannabis for authentic medical uses. As a mother of a severely autistic son who has been slamming his fists into his head for years, I am disgusted and enraged by the frauds and scumbags who use their medical marijuana card to get stoned. Screw you. You are the selfish drug addict people who make it hard for others with legitamate medical needs to get medical marijuana. You have ignited the government to come after medical marijuana dispensaries. ANd I don’t blame the DEA or other agengies for doing so. They aren’t stupid. They know the majority of medical marijuana cards are held by people who don’t have real medical issues. They are held by perfectly healthy adults who use marijuana as a recreational drug. Well, you know what? Shame on you scumbags. Because you don’t have a flipping clue what’s it’s like to live with a severely autistic child held captive to self injurious behavior. You don’t have a clue what ‘s it’s like having to witness your child in retrocollis or in oculogyric crisis after receiving haldol. No, you stoners think this is just fun and games, while people with REAL medical issues are fighting hard to have medical cannabis seen as a serious rescue medication. No, you don’t give a shit. You just use these cases to further your pot head agenda. Well, hear it from me you selfish stoned hippies. Screw you. I hope the feds come down on you. You are frauds. For those who REALLY need medical cannabis you jeapordize their health and safety.

  2. One of the major obstacles in getting the public to accept medical cannabis as a legitamate medicine is the fact there are far too many people posing as medical cannabis patients who have nothing wrong with them and in fact are getting a card to get high. This is something that can’t be ignored. I am frankly disgusted that these people have cast a dark shadow on a medicine that is far safer than the majority of conventional drugs being pushed on autistic children and adults. For example, haldol, mellaril, thorazine, risperdol, abilify, depakote, zyprexa, geodon and neurotin. If you look closely at studies surrounding the conventional socially accepted drugs for autism and behavioral issues like self-injurious behavior, you will quickly ascertain that these allegedly “doctor accepted” and socially sanctioned drugs are responsible for horrible side effects like retrocollis, torticollis, dystonia, tongue tremors, ataxia, psychosis, increased seizures, dry mouth, gatrointestinal distress, constipation and death. That said, it is still important to realize not ALL medical cannabis is suitable for the autistic brain. Only the strains high in CBD’s (cannibidiols) and LOW in THC are the safest for autistic brains. Now, if only we could get the dispensaries to focus on these medically sound strains and quit selling the strains high in THC, which are sought from the “stoners” we will make some real progress. Likewise, naming strains that are medically sound ATF (alaskan thunder F$%K) clearly do NOT help the medical cannabis movement. If people in the MMJ community want to be taken seriously, they should seriously consider limiting the drug to those who have authentic medical issues that could be treated with MMJ, and not cater to those seeking it for recreational use. I have personally used (legally) medical cannabis as a RESCUE medicine for my severely autistic son who suffers from acute episodic bouts of savage, brutal self injurious behavior. I have also used it to treat his tongue paryalysis caused by RISPERDAL and ABILIFY in conjunction with cogentin to bring him out of a dangerous condition where he wasn’t eating for weeks and was losing so much weight he was heading for a GT tube…..the medical cannabis we used was a strain called Harlequin and another strain called ATF….these strains were put in food and ingested as edibles and greatly helped our son and restored his appetite, decreased anxiety and reduced brutal self injurious behavior. Hence, MMJ is certainly a drug that can be an adjunct to conventional medicines. It should not be demonized, as I have video evidence showing the devasting life threatening effects of haldol on my son, compared to no side effects on the MMJ. Even so, I do understand the government’s concern. MMJ is loosely regulated and most dispensaries don’t have a clue what strains are high in CBD’s and low in THC and thus jeapordized the legal dispensing of this medicine. What is needed now are people are serious about offering this to people who have authentic medical issues that have NOT responded to conventional drugs and who can show they have had success using MMJ. It isn’t fair to punish the select few who benefit from MMJ because some people are and have abused the MMJ laws.

  3. UF4A & the woman who runs it is a con after industry riches. Take it from one of many people she has dooped into “donations”. None of that money helps anyone but herself & her expensive weaves. Mieko Perez & UF4A is an industry con. Beware.
    While her sons story is true & eye opening, this woman has used her son for her own “celebrity” if you can call her that. Its sad but true.

  4. I believe that people make way too big deal of medical marijauna and that in many cases, it can help an awful lot of conditions. As many have said in this thread, a lot of the medications we give our kids are far more harmful an synthetic than an herb from nature. Of course this should be monitored carefully by a doctor and is not for everyone. But for some of the worst cases, it can be a blessing. Alcohol kills and impairs an awful lot of people, yet it’s still legal. As others have said, no one has ever died from pot. If you want to connect with other people who share your views, here is an article I found with a lot of support resources about autism that might be helpful. Autism ResourcesI hope in the future marijauna is regulated and accessible to more people whose quality of life might otherwise be unfortunately quite low.

  5. Medical cannabis by far is safer than anti-psychotics. My severely autistic son had terrible reactions to anti-psychotics. Medical cannabis does not cause these severe side effects. It’s that simple.

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