Yuval Dal, an Israeli teenager, is luckier than most even though he suffers from Autism. He lives in a country that is quickly becoming the epicenter of cutting-edge research on medical cannabis: Israel. And the most trailblazing scientist conducting this research is also an Israeli, Raphael Mechoulam. In fact, Israel’s Department of Health has its own Medical Cannabis Unit. This Unit issues permits to patients with qualifying diseases that allow them to obtain medical cannabis.

However, the problem is that autism is currently not one of those qualifying diseases. And so far, doctors have been slow to prescribe cannabis. That’s when Abigail Dar, Yuval’s mother, decided to take things into her own hands. And her story shows how cannabis transformed this teen’s severe autism.

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