Medical Cannabis For Autism: What The Latest Studies Are Telling Us

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

The study’s authors then concluded that, “Cannabis and cannabinoids may have promising effects in the treatment of symptoms related to ASD, and can be used as a therapeutic alternative in the relief of those symptoms.”

In the medical community, it has become clear that while the research on cannabis for autism is still in its early stages, it has been nonetheless controversial. That hasn’t stopped families from asking doctors and seeking professional medical advice on the use of cannabis for autism symptoms because there are significant cases of anecdotal evidence that it can be helpful for many of its symptoms especially when it comes to calming down aggression and reducing seizures. Cannabidiol (CBD) has especially been noted as helpful because it’s non psychoactive, and has a long track record in treating seizures safely, even for children.

In fact, many parents feel so strongly about the use of medical marijuana for treating autism symptoms. A parent advocacy organization called the Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA) has chapters in several states; in their website, one can find numerous testimonials from families who say that cannabis has helped their children. What is sad is that many of these families are medical refugees who had to relocate states just so that their kids could benefit from states with medical marijuana laws where it can be used for seizures and other symptoms. There have been families that have also sent in their testimonials anonymously, saying that they have used cannabis illegally because we still don’t have the legislations in place enabling autistic people to use cannabis.

There are currently 14 states that list autism as either a qualifying condition or a debilitating condition, but that isn’t enough. No matter where you live, you must be able to have access the medicine that can help make a difference in your life, even if you choose to medicate your child with cannabis. Conclusion There are more studies ongoing to help shed light on how the body and endocannabinoid system in autistic people respond to cannabinoids. While the exact mechanisms are still much of a mystery, we can at least say that cannabinoid compounds work for autism. However, the efficacy, type of cannabis product, and dosage taken all play a role too. There is some research that says THC taken with CBD is best while others say CBD alone is best.

While cannabis can help, parents who want to give their children cannabis for medicine   should keep in mind that it should not be seen as a cure-all. At best, cannabis probably works more effectively with other autism therapies. Speak to your doctor or one in a state that has legalized the use of cannabis for autism to find the best route for you or your loved one.


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