You may already know some of the benefits of using CBD to treat issues like chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, arthritis, and the list goes on. But did you know the effects of CBD on those with autism?
Although there is no cure for autism, CBD has been shown to help manage the effects of the disorder. The therapeutic properties of CBD can help alleviate some of the behavioral issues of the disease.
There are multiple reports from parents nothing that their child benefited from using CBD oil, including decline in aggressive behavior, decrease in seizures and improved speech. This has generated hope in other parents who seek a better quality of life for their autistic child. Always remember that before using any product derived from the cannabis plant (even a non-THC product), your doctor should be consulted.
Although no concrete scientific evidence has proven CBD to be 100% effective for autism, studies continue to pop up reflecting evidence of the benefits. Base Research collected the following studies:
CANNABIDIOL BASED MEDICAL CANNABIS IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM- A RETROSPECTIVE FEASIBILITY STUDY
This retrospective study assessed the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) based medical cannabis, as an adjuvant therapy, for refractory behavioral problems in children with ASD. Following the cannabis treatment, behavioral outbreaks were much improved or very much improved in 61% of patients. The anxiety and communication problems were much or very much improved by 39% and 47% respectively. Disruptive behaviors were improved by 29% following the treatment. Parents reported less stress as reflected in the APSI (Autism Parenting Stress Index) scores, changing by 33%. The effect on all outcome measures was more apparent in boys with non-syndromic ASD. Adverse events included sleep disturbances (14%) irritability (9%) and loss of appetite (9%).
STUDY TO EXPLORE WHETHER CANNABIS COMPOUND EASES SEVERE SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM
Considered the most promising study about the relationship between cannabis and autism, this project was kickstarted with a donation of $4.7 million to the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. (This is considered the largest private donation to date for medicinal cannabis research in the US)The goals of the study include whether cannabis treatment is safe, tolerable, and effective in children with autism. The scientists predict research using the CBD for treatment, the substance of the plant that does not cause psychoactive effects and is most suitable for medical purposes. In addition, they seek to conclude whether the CBD alters the chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters, and how this process occurs, whether it is capable of improving brain connectivity and whether there is any change in biomarkers of brain inflammation, a symptom also associated with autism.
CLINICAL WILL TEST IF THE CANNABIS COMPOUND CAN TREAT AUTISM
Researchers in New York are preparing to conduct one of the largest studies on non-psychoactive compounds of cannabis for the treatment of autism. The tests will be conducted at Montefiore Medical Center and NYU Langone on children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 diagnosed with severe autism. The study consists of being double-blind, where neither the children nor the researchers know who is getting a placebo instead of the cannabis compound.
CANNABINOIDS IN THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY: HARD EVIDENCE AT LAST?
According to this research published in 2017 by the Journal of Epilepsy Research: “The results of these studies demonstrate that, at a dosage of 20 mg/kg/day, CBD added on to pre-existing AED treatment is superior to placebo in reducing the frequency of convulsive (tonic-clonic, tonic, clonic, and atonic) seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome, and the frequency of drop seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In the latter patients, a dosage of 10 mg/kg/day treatment was also superior to placebo. Therefore there is now for the first time class 1 evidence that CBD improves seizure control when added on to other AEDs in patients with two difficult-to-treat epileptic encephalopathies. “
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