Should CBD Be Prescribed More Often For Autism Spectrum Disorders?
While there is not a lot of official research on cannabis and autism spectrum disorders, more and more people are using cannabis to treat related symptoms. THC and CBD are cannabinoids that are known to have health benefits like relieving pain and inflammation, treat nausea and depression, and help with anxiety, insomnia, and poor appetite among others. CBD works by interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) via receptors and the lack of THC ensures that the user doesn’t get high.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by impairment in 3 major domains: social interaction, communication, and behavior patterns. Since we do not know the causes of autism, it is hard to understand how CBD can be used to treat it. However, with an increase in autism cases, effective treatment is of the utmost importance. Research on cannabis’ impact on autism is very less but the results tell us that it has therapeutic potential in the treatment of autism.
One thing to keep in mind here is that medical cannabis has its own significant side effects. Studies have found that long-term use of cannabis can reduce neuropsychological functioning and increase the risk of developing psychotic symptoms in adolescence. One of the few studies around the efficacy and safety of cannabis use found that most users responded well to it. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Zelda Therapeutics are among the many who are conducting trials to see how cannabis impact children with autism. The University of San Diego, University of Colorado, and New York University’s Langone Health research facility are all conducting clinical trials on it.
In the United States, tight controls and a lack of adequate funding limits how cannabis is studied.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry discourages the use of marijuana and cannabinoids in children with autism. There is some anecdotal evidence that cannabis can positively affect autism. But there is a lack of well-designed clinical trials with adequate sample sizes to study its efficacy and assess for safety.
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