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Autism is thought to be a “neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder” characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal & nonverbal communication, and restricted & repetitive behavior. Sensory processing difficulties are also common, as autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and synapses connect and organize.

Value Of MMJ

25 people out of 4,276 people in our study use cannabis for autism. At the moment, more than half of those with autism are prescribed drugs such as antidepressants, antipsychotics (e.g. risperidone, aripiprazole) and stimulants in order to treat irritability, the propensity to self-harm, sleeplessness and repetitive behavior. However, there is little evidence out there showing the efficacy of these drugs, and many of them (in particular antipsychotics) have some pretty nasty side-effects such as increased risk of suicide, increased likelihood of developing diabetes and movement disorders such as tardive dyskinesia.

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Treatments

Could cannabinoid-based medications be a way of managing autism? Possibly, although there is little evidence out there apart from anecdotal reports. Cannabis may potentially help children with Fragile X syndrome, and working around the CB2 receptors may help manage autism. One theory is that anandamide may help treat autism by regulating social reward – a theory postulated by Dr. Daniele Piomelli.

Dosage is another concern. However, the theory for using medical marijuana for autism is in its infancy, and it could very well be an exciting method of treatment for the negative aspects of autism.

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  1. November 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    Vinnie Farrell

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