Medical Marijuana and Autism

Medical Marijuana and Autism

Medical marijuana has been touted to cure everything from pain to cancer, but how about as an autism treatment? There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now a first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real. A clinical trial is underway in Israel to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism. The study began in January at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The study involves 120 children and young adults, ages 5 to 29, who have mild to severe autism, and it will last through the end of 2018.

Adi Aran, the pediatric neurologist leading the study, said nearly all the participants in the study previously took antipsychotics and nearly half responded negatively. Currently, only two medications have been approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the symptoms of autism. Both are antipsychotic drugs that are not always effective and carry serious side effects.

One major concern is the long-term impact of prescribing cannabis to young patients is the possibility of causing harm to the developing brain; although antipsychotic drugs currently prescribed to autistic children are certainly not without serious side effects.

The strain of CBD that is being used in the study led by Dr. Aran is a high CBD strain or ‘clean 98 percent CBD’. Some anecdotal evidence from other families that have used medical marijuana to treat autism symptoms found that the high CBD strains weren’t necessarily working for those with behavioral issues and found greater success with other strains.

Additional studies will have to be approved to be conducted in the United States before medical marijuana will be sanctioned as a treatment for symptoms of autism and Dr. Aran’s study may be the starting point for additional studies in other countries

8 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana and Autism

    1. CBD affects 5-HT1A receptors, which control serotonin levels in the body and brain, and Endocannabinoid receptors, which control stress and energy levels among other things. Both of these receptor types are found throughout the brain and body and affect the body’s levels of many important neurotransmitters that control stress, anxiety levels and mood.

  1. What is thought of the charlottes web . Have 14 year boy . Upper Spectrum level of autism . Needing help . Been using the FDA drugs ? No speach , Frustration , clothes chewing ., little eye contact . Please need any help or advice would be appreciated !

    1. Charlotte’s web may be something to consider. I am not sure of the purity. We are considering adding a CBD product to our own line soon, stay tuned and good luck!

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