THE CHALLENGES OF AUTISM
When considering autism, it’s important to remember the term covers a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders. Severe cases can be significantly debilitating, with symptoms including impaired social skills, difficulty communicating, and repetitive compulsive behavior. There is no cure for autism and treatment has traditionally been limited to potentially harmful and ineffective medications. Not only do those with these disorders face significant challenge throughout their life, but often their parents and caregivers are affected as well. In many cases, it’s difficult to manage behavior in a socially acceptable way for children and those watching over them.
Autism & CBD
As with many other conditions, the use of CBD oil as an alternative treatment for autism has gained increasing credibility in recent years. The growing accessibility of CBD has given researchers and curious individuals alike the chance to experience its benefits. A number of parents of those with autism spectrum disorder have reported positive results from CBD hemp oil. While not widely accepted as of yet, there are several scientific studies that seem to back up their claims.
For example; a study from Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital found that 80% of children who were given CBD hemp oil showed improvement related to their autism symptoms. Out of 60 children, more than half showed increased communication abilities and a decrease in problematic behaviors. Around 40% also showed decreases in anxiety. The study also mentioned that these children had seen little to no improvement when given conventional medications, sharply contrasting the effects of CBD. Another similar study from Chile found 67% of patients showed improvements and that the results were significantly more effective than conventional medicines.
Studies like these are coming at a time when many parents are speaking out about the benefits CBD hemp oil has shown on their children. While the FDA does not yet approve the use of CBD oil for autism, several lobbying groups and active parents have espoused vigorous support for CBD treatment. Groups like MAMMA (Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism) have seen rising membership and support from like-minded parents over the last few years. With such advocates many states are considering adopting legislation to allow it, thanks to the rising voices of these parents.