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CBD Study on Children With Autism saw 80% Improvement

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

CBD Study on Children With Autism saw 80% Improvement

In April 2018, the CDC updated its Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years estimate to 1 in 59 children, up from 1 in 166 children in 2004. Autism is traditionally treated with antipsychotic medications know to have harmful side effects and some children do not respond to these medications.

With Cannabis research being legal in Israel, researchers have found further evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis an effective treatment for children on the autism spectrum. In this soon-to-be-published study in the journal Neurology, researchers treated autistic children with high concentrations of CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.

The Study

Director of pediatric neurology at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital, Dr Adi Aran led the study which treated 60 children. Using a 20% CBD oil and 1% THC the children were treated for around seven months. An improvement was seen in 80% of the study group with those in the 20% that didn’t improve also reported no improvement with conventional drug therapies also.

What’s next?

Neurologist Dr Orrin Devinsky from New York University is now conducting two studies on CBD effects on children aged 5 to 18 with moderate to severe autism. Since autism and epilepsy are known to go hand in hand, CBD is showing promise for treating both conditions.

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More supporting evidence

This recent study further investigates and suggests the use of  Cannabidiol (CBD) as a suggested candidate for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

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