This is the story of Timmy, a boy with autism who butterflied from his cocoon with the help of cannabis.
On the Spectrum
Remember growing up as a regular kid, hanging out with friends? Timmy doesn’t have those memories. He was the kid who chattered incessantly to people about his obsessive interests, like video games and insects, to the point of pushing people away. He didn’t understand social cues, such as knowing when to ask questions or stop talking. Other kids only came over to play because he was the one with the cool gadgets. Without friends or a social life, he was lonely and felt invisible. Timmy was the socially-alienated autistic kid.
Blossoming With Cannabis
All of that suddenly changed when Timmy was thirteen. His teachers noticed he was blossoming socially. Different aspects of his personality, like humor and confidence, were coming through. He could maintain normal conversations with his classmates, and was even overheard singing in the school hallways. Timmy had started using cannabis.
Smoking weed relaxed Timmy’s mind—he could cancel out overwhelming stimuli, and operate like a normal kid. Before cannabis calmed his nerves, he would get wound up and be easily agitated. When he had his fits, other kids would look at him funny, laugh in his face, talk behind his back.
For the first time in his life, Timmy finally fit in. He had a crew.
Critic Turned Advocate
Today, Tim is a badass pub worker. He’s a productive stoner, as weed allows him to effectively function.
After seeing her son’s social growth, Tim’s Mom, Caroline, has gotten over her previous ideas surrounding cannabis. “I am absolutely an advocate for marijuana,” she says. She appreciates that nowadays there is an accepting space to openly discuss marijuana use. She feels that smoking or ingesting weed is a safer and healthier option than the pharmaceuticals doctors push onto parents and their children.
What if medical marijuana was more mainstream and readily available? How many other socially, physically or mentally-struggling kids like Tim would come out on the up and up? It’s hard to say. Until that day, we’ll continue to defend our plant—everywhere.