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Using High-CBD Harlequin to Manage Asperger’s Syndrome

Bud shot of Harlequin strain, which can be used as a CBD to treat aspergars syndrome.

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Using High-CBD Harlequin to Manage Asperger’s Syndrome

I am 27-years-old and have Asperger’s Syndrome, a less severe form of Autism. I use high-CBD cannabis in my daily routine because it helps to alleviate the stress and anxiety brought on by Asperger’s, and I feel this medicine is responsible for a profound sense of well being, not just short term, but long term as well.

Three days into my high CBD regimen, I began to realize I was a lot happier than usual. I am less agitated, slower to anger and quicker to laugh. I find this to be priceless.

I am extremely fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where CBD-rich medicine is abundant in dispensaries. Limited, but gaining notice. If it weren’t for Harborside Health Center, I probably wouldn’t know about CBD, therefore, I probably wouldn’t be using medical cannabis because I often feel it is too potent for me.

While high levels of THC aren’t for me, it goes hand in hand to say that high-CBD isn’t for everyone. It depends on diagnosis and/or personal preference. The strain that has worked best for me is a sativa called Harlequin which is testing at 13 percent CBD, 4 percent THC.

I consume about a gram a day on average. An eighth of an ounce of flower can last me anywhere from two days up to a week. In a social setting, I occasionally smoke a joint, but mostly a pipe. On rare occasions, I’ll use a bong.

The first time I used Harlequin, I was met with a smooth, reassuring smoke. The taste was earthy and satisfying. The sun was shining through the window just right, and I was listening to music. This whole CBD concept was new to me. The indica effects were there, but not overpowering.

My search for the perfect Aspergar’s medicine is finally over. I no longer had to get blitzed to reap the benefits that this wonderful plant intended us to have. I can keep my wits about me, feel good, and stay good instead of an off kilter combination of the three. It was a very spiritual moment for me, and something I will never forget.

By Doug Streichan

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Binn

    October 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Cannabis is truly the best alternative for even severely autistic people, compared to the lethal effects of commonly prescribed drug for ASD, which include Zyprexa, Abilify and Risperodone. For the love of God, cannabis like Harlequin have been told among the subculture of autism, that it’s helping. Dare we speak out? Heck no, we know the Big PHarm don’t want anyone to know there is an alternative when conventional meds don’t work.

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      I am very sorry for such a late reply but I’ve been laying low for a few years but I’ve reached a point where I feel comfortable speaking up. I speak about situations like yours in my music. It angers me knowing that cannabis has blessed many with quality of life yet the traditional medical system produces fatal drugs to keep us sick for life therefore a customer for life. It makes my heart cry.

  2. candy

    June 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    harlequin is a strain that is very helpful for autistic patients who suffer from insomnia and pain….all of which trigger aberrant behavioral problems….this is a very safe alternative to sleeping pills which often have a paradoxical effect on persons with autism….and Aspergers, since the people on this spectrum share many similar traits…

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      If it were not for cannabis I would still have insomnia so I COMPLETELY understand your situation.

  3. Crystal

    August 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    My son and I, both, have Asperger’s Syndrome…his is much more severe than mine, although I have chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease on top of that. I am so glad there are options, but waiting (rather impatiently) for Missouri to legalize so we can finally utilize this gift from God. We are hoping for 2016, but that seems so far away. Bless you all who are waiting along with Missouri for legalization so we can finally be treated!

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      My mom has fibromyalgia too and it is not easy to live with. I live for the day that all who seek healing are able to receive it. Bless you.

  4. Mr B

    April 30, 2014 at 3:46 am

    budgenius.com is IMHO, a remedy for this ailment per its product selection and ease of website useage & ordering.
    If it indeed works for YOU then get the site info out there for the good of others who need it. Testimonials do work as we all know.

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      I’ve recently started speaking up about cannabis because for years I was shunned and shamed by many people for my choice of medicine, but I’ve finally found a supportive circle so I feel comfortable speaking up. A lot has changed in the past five years especially in California and Colorado. Leafly is a good website for strain info and I am exponentially grateful for the knowledge available today.

  5. kratos

    March 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Nothing like finding the right strain . Gone are the days of getting a sack on the street with no idea what you were smoking. Now with the stores bringing to market the good strains we can learn what to expect from each strain.

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Yes! Information and knowledge on cannabis today is readily available, however, I live for the day that every person can access proper healing.

  6. Darryl Hopkins

    March 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I havePTSD FOR PAST 40 YRS. SMOKING JOINT. I CAN SLEEP.

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      I have PTSD as well. Cannabis helps me more than anything else.

  7. Clint

    March 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Can this CBD be purchased legally and shipped to FL? And Where?

  8. jenne

    February 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I have glaucoma and am also high strong,and have trouble relaxing, I truly believe that cannabis can help with the pressure in my eyes and to help me to relax and sleep better, Virginia has not legalized it yet and I am sad about it, from a medical stand point.

    • Doug Streichan

      November 19, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      My heart cries out for people who need healing but can’t receive it. I understand your sentiment.

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