Autistic Boy Thrives After Using Customized Medical Marijuana: How ‘Joey’s Strain’ Saved His Life

'Five years ago, doctors told Mieko Hester-Perez to plan the funeral of her 9-year-old son, who had been diagnosed with autism at 16 months, and later with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Instead, Hester-Perez turned to medical marijuana to try and save his life.

Now, her son Joey is doing surprisingly well. Once he began using the strain of medical marijuana that was concocted specifically for him — called “Joey’s Strain” — the boy began making vast improvements, gaining weight, calming down, and smiling more. Hester-Perez noted that Joey was no longer “on edge” after consuming a marijuana brownie once a week.'


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