CBD for Autism
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.”-Autism Speaks.
Whether you have experienced it personally, or at least know of it, Autism has changed your world, and the world in a few extraordinary ways. From musical savants, to possibly the origins of creative thinking itself, Autism has left its mark on the world in some very positive ways. Despite this however, those with the condition often do not experience such pleasant side effects, but a wide range of negative side effects from mild to severe. For ages, individuals and parents of Autistic children have searched for remedies, cures, or simply anything that makes the symptoms of the disorder more bearable. While some of these have been more successful than others, there has been no clear winner, or single substance that was not only effective but safe as well. Today, a new trend among those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those looking after them, is that of using CBD. Many of the negative symptoms expressed by those with Autism seem to respond well to CBD regiment and treatment. While it’s a whole new world to explore, it is a prospective treatment for many of the ailments associated with Autism. While it is by far not a cure of any kind, it can be effective in the treatment of certain symptoms. However, there is not much known about this association, and many people are searching for information. Well look no farther, for today we are going to explore how CBD effects Autism, and whether or not its something you should try. Sit back, relax and lets get started!
What is CBD?
Before we continue, it is important to know what we are talking about. What even is CBD, and why does it have the effects on Autism that it does? Well, CBD is a chemical found in the marijuana plant, which is short for Cannabidiol is a chemical that belongs to the family of chemicals known as the cannabinoids. It, along with another chemical called THC, make up the chief compounds found in the cannabinoid family. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical, unlike THC, and offers no type of high when consumed. CBD is known for offering a wide range of medical benefits, from helping migraines to calming aggression, and even, some studies show has an ability to fight various types of cancers! CBD is at the forefront of medical research thanks to its great potential, and to cap it all off, there are almost no negative side effects associated with the usage of CBD. While this is only a brief intro hopefully you now have a better idea of what we are discussing.
What is Autism?
Now to discuss Autism. Autism is one of the oldest disorders we know to man, affecting our ancient relatives, all the way to those of us today. Starting in young children and lasting a lifetime, some even credit Autism with such spectacular wonders as the cave paintings of Europe, and the start of language itself! There is a wide spectrum of disorders that fall under the Autism name, from milder to severe cases. Few treatments are available, and most just target the symptoms, such as aggression, anxiety, dampening, and seizures, but not the overall disorder. There are no available tests to determine ASD and no preventative measures. There is an entire world of Autism that one could get into, but for the sake of this paper, we shall leave off there. Suffice to say, Autism is a lifelong, often debilitating disorder, whose patients are often looking for something, anything to make life just that much easier.
So how can CBD help those with Autism?
Now that we have discussed just what CBD and Autism are, what is the connection? Well, while there are no studies done, and limited research completed, many doctors, patients, and parents swear by the medicinal effects of CBD. From reducing to completely stopping seizures, lowering aggression, making it easier to handle social situations, a reduction in anger and aggravation. Often times there is not much that one can do for someone with Autism, as a parent it can be extremely hard to watch their child suffer in a world in ways that they may not even need to. Unfortunately, no doctor can prescribe CBD, as there is no research to support it is positive and well-established benefits. However “anecdotes should not be dismissed,” said Dr. Daniele Piomelli, one of the world’s top neuroscientists and endocannabinoid researchers. Families across the county are exploring the powers of CBD and finding out they had been missing out the entire time. For the most part, drugs and other supplements are avoided in favor of behavioral treatments, but with CBD, there is a real possibility of a healthy supplement with no side effects. Users say that higher dosage of CBD oil seems to be more effective, getting some non-verbal children to speak again even! For some, there can be truly amazing changes.
Autism can be a very debilitating disorder. Ranging from minor side effects and symptoms to severe problems with social interaction, and enacting what is desired in a general sense. Thankfully there are treatments, both medically and behaviorally. However, these treatments have limited effect, and in some cases are no help to the individuals. One new, natural treatment that is arising is that of CBD. CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical found from the cannabis plant, is showing its worth by helping thousands of those living with Autism with wonderful results. While CBD cannot yet be prescribed due to its association with cannabis, many doctors are recommending the natural substance to those with Autism, as well as parents of Autistic children especially. It seems that there is a great deal of work and research to be done, we will have to revisit this topic in a few years, for only the future holds what will happen next.