There is no current cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but researchers are studying on how to help patients cope with their symptoms. Claiming Autism is in need of a cure is in itself controversial–particularly when it comes to people with autism who may feel the terminology misunderstands their concerns.
CBD and Autism
Scientists are now studying whether cannabidiol, CBD, could provide some help for easing symptoms that enfridge on the individuals with autism’s life or pursuits.
Recently there was a 4.7 million dollar award, given by the ‘Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation’, that are working in alliance with another research group known as the ‘Wholistic Research and Education Foundation’, for researchers at the University of San Diego’s Center for Medical Cannabis Research. A clinical trial plans to be carried out with 30 children participants. This research will involve children among the ages 12 and 8, all of which are diagnosed with “moderate to severe” autism spectrum disorder, but are alternatively healthy. This study will be the first of its kind.
The research shall include an interdisciplinary team of scientists and physicians. They will be using basic research, stem cells, technologies and clinical evalutation in hopes to clearly comprehend as to how exactly CBD alters the brain’s chemical activity. The experimentation will also measure whether CBD has the potential to safely and sufficiently lessen the more debilitating syndromes of ASD, including self harm, hyperactivity, aggressiveness and communicative social difficulties.
Autism is difficult to diagnose. ASD cannot be determined through blood tests. In this case, doctors must depend on watching and keeping notes of a child’s personal development and behavior. Typically they have a diagnosis as easy as 2 years old.
Children with level 3, is typically the most serious, require substantial support.These cases often lead to a child’s guardian or parent seeking out unconventional remedies, according to Dr. Igor Grant, manager of CMCR.
Dr. Grant furthermore stated
There are unconfirmed reports that cannabidiol could be helpful, but there are no careful studies to document either its benefits or its safety
However, with this recent donation, they will finally be able to host clinical trials to better understanding if cannabidiol has therapeutic potential when it comes to level 3 Autism.
The misconceptions surrounding medical marijuana in the pediatric population come from negative associations with the term marijuana–due to its psychoactive effects. Marijuana describes dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant. Marijuana contains many different chemicals called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with specific receptors, CB receptors, within our bodies.
Cannabis refers to 3 species of hemp plants Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis. The over 60 cannabinoids now identified vary by degree of psychoactivity. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) more commonly associated with marijuana is psychoactive. However, other cannabinoids, including CBD, are not.
There are abundant anecdotal reports cannabidiol (CBD) can impact the brain profoundly, and address a range of neurological disorders from depression, anxiety, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder to drug addictions.
ASD impacts approximately 1 in 68 U.S. children, largely boys. Neurodevelopmental disorder can be quite perplexing and not well understood. It is suspected that it could be passed through genes, by metabolic dysfunction or environmental conditions.
A professor, Dr. Doris Trauner, who specifies in the studies of pediatrics and neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a professional in neurodevelopmental disabilities has reported:
The most exciting part of this novel study is that the findings could have tremendous implications for not just children with autism, but for children with other types of neurodevelopmental disabilities
As primary investigator, Trauner is in charge of framework and carrying out the clinical trial.
CBD’s possible treatment of ASD symptoms is still to be determined.