Does cannabis work for Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Cannabis has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of chronic medical conditions, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Cannabis research shows promising effects in the potential to treat symptoms that result from ASD. Autism is a complex neurodevelopment disorder that affects social interaction, communication, and behaviour. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid compound found in cannabis that has been shown to alleviate symptoms of ASD. Let’s take a closer look at how CBD works to treat ASD.
CBD is known to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body. These receptors are responsible for regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes, including pain perception, immune function, appetite, mood, and even memory. CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in the ECS to modulate these processes.
Cannabidiol has been shown to alleviate symptoms of ASD by reducing inflammation and boosting neurotransmitter signalling. In a study published in the journal Molecular Autism, researchers found that CBD was effective in reducing repetitive behaviours and improving social interactions in mice with ASD.
In another study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, researchers found that CBD oil was effective in reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality in children with ASD. The participants in this study were given 25mg of CBD oil per day for four weeks. At the end of the study, the participants showed a significant reduction in anxiety and improved sleep quality.
Cannabis has been shown to be an effective treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis that has been shown to alleviate symptoms of ASD by reducing inflammation and boosting neurotransmitter signaling. The success of Epidiolex has spurred many parents to try marijuana and cannabis extracts for seizures, behavioral issues, or other autism-related traits in their children. We do have to consider that these drugs remain largely untested on such a large clinically controlled scale. Some studies show promising results when tested with animal models. Cannabis appears to be very promising but still needs more evidence before we can determine whether it works for the majority of patients or is even better than traditional treatments.
CBD oil is most commonly taken orally in the form of drops or capsules. It is important to start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed. If you are considering trying CBD oil for yourself, an adult loved one, or a child with ASD, be sure to consult with an experienced marijuana doctor first. Never alter any prescribed medical treatment without approval from a health provider. Minors under the age of 18 years are eligible for an Illinois medical marijuana card when accompanied by their parent or guardian.