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The Benefits of Using CBD for Aspergers and Mild Autism

Benefits of using CBD for Aspergers

New research has come out with a breakthrough in using CBD oil for treating Aspergers and Autism, read this article for more information on this treatment.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mild Autism or Aspergers, then we know you’re willing to try just about anything to get the symptoms under control.

While modern pharmaceutical medication may be effective, it also comes with serious and dangerous side effects that can negatively impact both the development and the quality of life of a patient.

When you’re looking for more natural treatment options, you might be surprised to see an influx of research surrounding cannabis and CBD.

Whether you’re looking to treat the physical or mental symptoms of either disorder, CBD will help to stimulate the brain receptors in your body. This makes it much easier to both respond to others and calm down the racing thoughts that can often paralyze you.

Curious?

Then you need to read on.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how CBD can be used to manage the symptoms of both Aspergers and mild Autism. Then, we’ll tell you how you can learn more about CBD as a treatment option.

What Is Aspergers?

Before we discuss how you can use CBD to manage the symptoms of Aspergers and mild forms of Autism, let’s make sure you’re clear on what the former syndrome actually is.

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the disorder, and the stigma surrounding it can make life even harder for those living with it.

Aspergers is actually a form of Autism, which means that, like Autism, the severity of how it impacts someone’s behavior varies on an individual basis.

Those who have been diagnosed with the syndrome will usually have normal (and in some cases, extremely high) IQs. This means that they don’t have trouble understanding difficult concepts and can often be placed in the same schools as those who don’t have it.

However, those with Aspergers will often have extreme difficulty with social skills and communication in general. They may not understand how what they say or do impacts the feelings of others, and they will struggle to pick up on social and emotional “cues” sent out by those around them.

For example, a person with Aspergers might approach someone at a cafe with headphones in, sit down, and begin speaking to them. This will happen even if the person doesn’t remove their headphones, barely responds, and stares at their computer to socially signal they want to be left alone.

A person with this disorder may also have difficulty letting others talk, may speak in excessively elegant or verbose language, may speak at a loud volume or in a different “rhythm” than most, or have extreme difficulty with not following a strict routine.

What Is Mild Autism?

Now that you understand what Aspergers is, let’s move onto a quick discussion and definition of more mild cases of Autism.

Currently, there are about 3.5 million Americans currently on the spectrum, and Autism rates are on the rise.

As with Aspergers, those who have been diagnosed with Autism may also struggle seriously with social skills and cues. However, unlike the former disorder, some of those diagnosed with Autism will be completely nonverbal.

This means that they may communicate with hand signals/gestures and sounds instead.

In more mild cases of Autism, individuals will cling to repetitive behaviors and routines — and may become extremely upset and even aggressive if that routine is threatened in some way.

Those diagnosed may also have a tough time telling others what they need, and will likely struggle to make conversation with others. They may have trouble understanding when someone is joking, and they might also become hyper-focused on a single topic or task.

The Endocannabinoid System And Autism

To understand how CBD can help to manage the symptoms of Aspergers and Autism, let’s now take a look at how the brain of a person diagnosed with either one works.

In individuals who have been diagnosed, the hippocampus, cerebellum, and even the basal ganglia parts of the brain all struggle to produce enough CB-1 receptors to properly regulate both emotion and motor skills.

CB-1 receptors also help to stimulate proper brain growth and development. However, if the body isn’t producing enough of them, the brain will struggle to make connections and synapses.

This is why Autism and Aspergers can be diagnosed so early in life — because the brain has not been able to properly develop.

In addition to causes problems within the CB-1 receptors of the brain, those diagnosed with either of these disorders will also have trouble with CB-2 receptors.

CB-2 receptors in the brain are responsible for creating cells, known as monocytes, that boost your immune system. If your body isn’t making enough CB-2 receptors, then you won’t be able to fight off illness as easily. This can, as with CB-1 receptors, seriously impact your brain’s development.

It can also mean that your brain struggles to send the correct signals to other parts of the body.

Cannabis, CBD, and Brain Receptors

So, now you understand how the brains of those diagnosed with Aspergers and mild Autism are different than those without it.

Let’s move on to a discussion of how CBD actually works to correct the body’s natural Endocannabinoid system and strengthen the brain signals of those who have been diagnosed.

Cannabis and CBD contain high levels of cannabinoids, which can compliment the natural levels of Endocannabinoids in the body.

Specifically, when you smoke or ingest CBD in any other way, the cannabinoids make their way to your body’s natural Endocannabinoid system. This helps to naturally and safely stimulate your body’s production of Endocannabinoids.

The cannabinoids found in marijuana actually bind to the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in your brain, which makes it easier for the brain to complete transmissions and properly send signals.

When you’re getting enough receptors, you’ll also be better able to manage your emotional response to things. This is because cannabis and CBD can also stimulate your body’s level of the hormone Serotonin, which helps to regulate your mood.

Studies have shown that cannabis and CBD can help those diagnosed with either disorder to control their cognitive responses, better regulate their emotional responses to stimuli, and even help to stop racing, obsessive thoughts and actions.

Purple Kush

This is an Indica strain with a THC content of 12-17%, and a CBD content of somewhere around 0.10%.

This gives a seriously strong mind high, and is especially effective in those who also struggle with stress and anxiety.

If the diagnosed person usually has trouble falling asleep at night, then we strongly suggest this strain. Be aware that it will make them hungry, so be sure to have some food on hand.

Purple Kush is also effective in immediately calming down a more severe anxiety attack.

Blue Dream

This is a hybrid strain, meaning that it contains both Indica and Sativa strains that will give the person taking it a mind and body high.

Hybrid strains are especially effective in cases of Aspergers/Autism, as patients struggle with both physical and emotional responses.

The good news about this strain in particular?

While it lasts for a long time, you won’t feel the “weed hangover” that you might with other strains of this strength. This means that it’s an excellent strain to be used to test cannabis and CBD treatments in children and young adults.

Blueberry Headband

This is another hybrid strain, with a THC content of 18-26% and a CBD content of under 1.0%.

It’s perfect for those looking to stimulate their creative sides, and will also give you a serious boost of energy. It will also help you to be more social, which means it’s awesome for those with Autism.

Looking To Learn More?

Thanks to this post, you now have a much better understanding of how CBD can be used to treat both Aspergers and mild Autism.

However, we know that, especially if you’re a parent of an Autistic child, you likely have more questions.

Spend some time on our website to access tons of articles and scientific studies about using CBD as a treatment. Don’t let these disorders control your life. Instead, let CBD help to put you back in the driver’s seat.

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1 Comment

  1. Sue booth says:

    Interesting my son is 21 and his mood swings can be horrible! He gets stressed so easily and becomes verbally swearing ‘ anger ‘ it’s so frustrating to see him like this as he gets so upset ! He currently smokes weed , to control his anxiety and stress levels, and help him sleep what oil would you recommend for him he is also on antidepressants diagnosed with Asperger , and chromosomes disorder anxiety social emotional behaviour.thankyou

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