Autism Spectrum

Compassionate Telemedicine

Medical Marijuana Doctor located in Austin, TX

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental condition that often causes problems with the way a person functions at work, school, and social situations. Allison Kendrick, MD, MA, provides an alternative treatment for autism for patients aged 12 and older at Compassionate Telemedicine in Austin, Texas. Dr. Kendrick is one of only a few designated physicians who can legally prescribe medical cannabis in the state of Texas. She sees patients by virtual consult, so you can schedule a telemedicine appointment from anywhere in Texas. Call the office or book online today.

Autism Spectrum Q & A


What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that usually begins in early childhood. It’s called a spectrum disorder because it encompasses what were previously considered separate conditions, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and unspecified pervasive developmental disorder.

Children, teens, and adults with autism usually have trouble with communication and social interaction. They may also have limited, repetitive patterns of behavior, including potential self-harm like head-banging or biting.


How do I know if my child has autism spectrum disorder?

Your primary pediatrician screens for autism spectrum disorder at routine well-child visits. If your child shows signs of autism, the pediatrician may refer you to a specialist, such as a child psychiatrist or pediatric neurologist, for an evaluation.


What other conditions may accompany autism spectrum disorder?

Children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorder may be more likely to have other medical and mental health conditions, such as:

  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stomach issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

All of these conditions can negatively affect your quality of life, but medical marijuana can help.


What treatments are available for autism spectrum disorder?

There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder. The most common approach to treatment involves various forms of therapy, including behavior and communication therapy, in addition to educational therapies.


Some medications may help control symptoms, such as hyperactivity, anxiety, and behavioral problems. However, these medications can cause adverse side effects and may not be effective.

 

How does medical marijuana treat autism spectrum disorder?

Studies show that medical marijuana lessens symptoms and comorbidities of autism spectrum disorder, including:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Limited social communication
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger outbursts
  • Self-injurious behaviors


Some people with autism have a very limited diet due to specific food preferences. Medical marijuana may help them accept foods they would typically refuse.

 

How can I get medical marijuana for autism spectrum disorder?

If your child has autism spectrum disorder and is a resident of Texas, they may qualify for low-dose THC through the Compassionate Use Program. Dr. Kendrick reviews your child’s symptoms and medical history to better answer all of your questions during a virtual consult

Under Texas law, low-dose THC contains less than 0.5% THC, which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis. So, there’s no need to worry about your child getting “high.” If you choose to try this form of therapy, Dr. Kendrick writes a prescription that you can take to a licensed dispensary to obtain medicine for your child.

To learn more about using medical marijuana to treat autism spectrum disorder, call Compassionate Telemedicine, or book an appointment online today.