Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Licensing, Research, and Autism

The state of Pennsylvania is anticipated to begin awarding their first medical marijuana licenses today.

And, eager to learn more about the medicinal effect of the plant’s active compounds, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University has announced their intention to study the synergistic effect of the plant’s many terpenes and cannabinoids on children suffering from autism.

Though anecdotal evidence has suggested for years that marijuana benefits those with autism spectrum disorder, Gary Sasso, Lehigh’s Dean of Education, is eager for the University to collect some of the first quantifiable data on the holistic treatment option.

One of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States, autism adversely affects 1 in 68 kids. On average, boys are nearly 4 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed within the autism spectrum, costing the average American family nearly $60,000 a year in additional medical expenses.

Dr. Sue Sisley

According to the Morning Call, Lehigh University has an…

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