CBD Oil and Autism
If you’re a parent of a child that suffers from autism there is no doubt you’ve been looking for something for years that can help at least improve your child’s condition to no avail. For an individual with autism, a developmental disability with no proven “treatment”, you’re open to many therapies and strategies that might alleviate symptoms. CBD itself has shown promising results as a treatment for a variety of conditions, many of which are otherwise not treatable. In recent years we’ve seen an explosion in the popularity of CBD oil. CBD (or cannabidiol) is one of the two compounds found in marijuana or cannabis. Unlike its counterpart THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) it’s not psychoactive so won’t have the presumed effects of getting you high. This is something important to note and can sometimes be a common misconception by some members of the public when they take note of its direct relationship with cannabis.
Is CBD an effective treatment for autism?
Quite simply there is not enough research done in this area to give you a straight answer, honestly there needs to be more studies done in this area, however does that mean we just ignore those using it and describing it as ‘a miracle’ or sharing their experiences and results using it?
Neither CBD nor any other drug can remove or cure core symptoms of autism, which include social communication challenges, sensory dysfunction, and restricted, repetitive behaviours. CBD can, however, help to alleviate disorders often associated with autism such as epilepsy, anxiety, sleeplessness, and stress. By relieving the associated disorders, CBD may help reduce some of the most problematic aspects of autism.
One of the downsides of autism is a lack of focus and attention. Those who look to CBD Oil to help with autism believe that it can help bring order to the brain. It is well known that individuals with autism struggle with focus and attention, and cannabis can alter their spectrum of attention. Some of the effects reported include an observable decline in aggression as well as an observable decline in seizures. Parents of children have reported they would have more aggressive outbursts as well as seizures before undergoing a course of CBD oil. Other effects that have been observed are the common benefits of CBD oil which includes better sleep and a reduction in anxiety (which can reduce aggressive behaviours), fewer seizures (which can lessen stress and make it easier to interact socially), and lower anxiety to make it easier to learn and use social communication skills.
In Israel, a paediatric neurologist began research with 60 children on the autism spectrum and whilst the full report is yet to be published, some preliminary results have been released. 80% of participants who were treated for 7 months with 20:1 ratio of CBD to THC saw improvements. After the study, parents were asked about communication, behaviour, and anxiety. 80% of parents noted a decrease in problem behaviour, with 62% reporting significant improvement in behaviour. Additionally, 50% noted an improvement in communication, 40% reported a decrease in anxiety (2/3 of the participants began the study with anxiety). These qualifying study subjects had not responded to previous conventional drug therapies.
Additional studies have provided similar results: CBD has proved to be helpful in most cases in lessening emotional and behavioural issues and can even help to improve social communication skills. These preliminary findings, along with the low incidence of significant side effects, are very encouraging. Studies are ongoing in clinics and research centres around the world.
Do you Want to Try CBD?
Here’s some things we recommend.
- It will take time to get the right strength and dosage for you and we’d recommend speaking to one of our experts to help you do this before going ahead, often a lower dose can be more beneficial than a higher dose.
- We always recommend consulting your doctor before hand too.
- Keeping a journal of your child (or your) behaviour so you can make note of any changes, patterns etc.