Experts have different perspectives about the treatment of Autism by CBD according to their different research. Before knowing the expert’s advice let’s first read something about Autism and its effects. The information about Autism will help you understand the severity of Autism and its solutions with the help of CBD.
- 1.1 What is Autism?
- 1.2 Symptoms & Ill effects of ASD
- 1.3 What is CBD oil?
- 1.4 Adverse effects of CBD
- 1.5 CBD and Autism
- 1.6 Conclusion
What is autism?
Autism is a complex developmental disorder or disability that usually appears in the first three years of life. The formal diagnostic term used for Autism is- autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It’s a severe kind of Neurodevelopmental condition in which impairments in social interactions are included. People with Autism sometimes exhibit unusual responding, eating, or sleeping behaviors. The range of severity can vary on different levels resulting in different kinds of symptoms and challenges in different individuals.
Symptoms & ill effects of ASD
- Problem in social interactions and communication
- Unusual and restricted behavior of patterns or activities
- Lack of eye contact
- Lack of facial expressions
- Problem in maintaining eye contact
- Loss of engagement in imaginative play
- Repeating gestures or sounds
What is CBD oil?
CBD or Cannabidiol oil is a liquid extracted from the plant Cannabis Sativa. It is also referred to as Marijuana and Hemp according to the concentration of THC. When the extent of the psychoactive chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is high in Cannabis Sativa it is called marijuana and when the plant contains low concentrations of THC, in that case, it is referred to as Hemp. Thus the extracts of Cannabis that contains a very less amount of THC and are mostly invaded with CBD are referred to as CBD oil.
CBD can be used in treating different conditions such as Insomnia, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A study suggests that CBD positively affects the serotine receptors in the brain and has anti-stress effects which state that CBD oil help with depression. CBD oil is rich in many nutrients and vitamin E that can cure many skin diseases. Therefore, CBD oil can help with Eczema also which is a trending serious skin issue nowadays. As the Autism spectrum is also a complex disorder therefore its treatments and evaluations with CBD are also complex. Let’s read further to know the effects of CBD oil in treating Autism.
The studies say that some families suffering from the problem of Autism have experienced positive effects of CBD in the terms of Autism but it is not clear whether the effects are of CBD or it’s just a placebo effect.
Adverse effects of CBD
Everything has its bane or boon. Likewise, CBD is also associated with some side effects while consumed along with its benefits. Here are some adverse effects of CBD that should be mentioned –
- Fatigue & Sedation
- Dry mouth
- Negative effects when used with other medications
CBD oil for autism
Some studies have suggested CBD oil as a potential treatment for Autism. But the results yet not discovered that it can be used on children or adults for treating Autism. CBD can help alleviate Epilepsy in some children and adults to some extent but no study has proved that CBD can completely remove or cure Autism.
The proven results of CBD in the treatment of ailments like Anxiety, Depression, Epilepsy, Aggression, and Panic can’t be ignored but it will take more time and research to find the cure for Autism. Clinical researches are ongoing around the world to find the proper cure for Autism through CBD.
Here are some excerpts related to what experts are saying about CBD oil for the treatment of Autism
- Zuckerman says that “I don’t want to give you the impression that it’s not effective because it may be. It’s just that we don’t know. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend it – because we have no cause to recommend it.”
- A 2020 study reviewing the effects of CBD oil on mental health including the treatment for ASD says that- “CBD and CBD – containing compounds help alleviate symptoms”.
Keeping these studies and the side effects of CBD and its products, in the mind we can conclude that CBD is not the cure at all for Autism but it is possible that ongoing research and investigations may find the cure soon. As CBD has several side effects so it is not recommendable to use it without the suggestion of experts.