Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder which develops in children. The symptoms include impaired social interaction, sleep problems, metabolic conditions and gastrointestinal deregulation (GI). Currently, there is no such cure for autism, but it is believed that the cannabis compound can help to ease severe symptoms of autism. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound which helps to ease the symptoms which are found in the cannabis plant. CBD does not lead to the feeling of being high like THC. In turn, CBD works with the endocannabinoid system of the body and responses to stress. Researchers state that the study for the ease of ASD symptoms through CBD might bring solutions to other diseases which are based on neurodevelopmental disabilities.
- Underlying Medical Conditions
The endocannabinoid system in the body is considered as the reason for many disorders and recent researchers’ state that it might help in the treatment of autism. Cannabinoids are believed to remove the damaged brain cells and to improve the efficiency of mitochondria. The chronic neuroinflammation can be eased with the help of the antioxidants which are present in the cannabis plant. The use of Alzheimer’s medicine is proven useful to ease the symptoms of the autism, but there were reported side effects too. With the help of ultra-low doses of CBD, children can be protected from the neurogenerative diseases. The system is linked to four features which are found abnormal in autism namely social response, cardiac rhythm, anxiety-related problems, and neural development. This automatically makes this system important for testing the compound CBD.
- Symptom and behavioral improvement
Cannabis helps with mood and behavior of the patients in terms of emotions and aggressive outbursts. Cannabinoids help the brain to achieve breakthroughs in learning. It also helps in gaining consciousness and better understanding which is the simple reason for using marijuana for the treatment of patients suffering from autism. For the aggression and the sleep issues, the medical cannabis oils are used, but the safety of these oils is under research for behavioral and psychological symptoms of autism. Sleep can be attained by bringing the endocannabinoid system into balance in case of any disorder with the help of the CBD. With the balanced endocannabinoid system, the cardiac biorhythm ensures us with proper health.
- Qualifying Conditions
The people who live in the states where marijuana is legal need qualifying conditions to buy and use cannabis for medical purposes. Many children are allowed to use cannabis for their treatment because of the co-morbid diagnosis of autism. The state of Oregon allows the use of cannabis when the patient has a degenerative neurological disorder which automatically covers autism. The conditions that can co-morbid with autism are epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, muscle spasms, neurological conditions, intractable pain and Crohn’s disease. Use of CBD results in the improvements in the areas of sleep, anxiety, hyperactivity, speech, and language, cognition and self-injury as these conditions can co-morbid with other disorders too they come under qualifying conditions.
The main goal of the study of cannabis is to determine if the CBD is tolerable for the children suffering from ASD and finding out whether there are other side effects and symptoms. The symptoms of the autism may be relieved with the help of newly discovered ailment for autism with the help of the cannabis plant.