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Autism and Medical Marijuana

Marijuana oil may help to successfully treat autism in children by reducing hypersensitivity, hyperactivity, and instances of self-harm, while also improving communication barriers associated with the disorder.

Affecting nearly 1 in 68 children in the United States, according to the CDC, Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders. Its debilitating symptoms include impaired communication and social skills, along with compulsive and repetitive behaviors. Autism typically emerges in infancy or early childhood.

Medical Marijuana to treat Autism in Children

Many parents of autistic children have begun to see the benefits of medical Marijuana, saying that their children have been positively affected by medical Marijuana treatments.

The spectrum of severity for Autism Spectrum Disorder is extremely wide, but it can negatively impact communication skills, complicate social interactions and may cause aggression, obsessive-compulsive tendencies or self-injurious behaviors. While there is no known cause or cure for autism, the disorder is typically treated with a variety of therapies and medications.

Marijuana has long been used to treat epilepsy, an issue affecting about 30% of autistic individuals, and the benefits may extend to other issues associated with the disorder. There has been a growing number of anecdotal cases of children and adults with ASD showing positive results with Marijuana use, however, because Marijuana remains a Schedule I substance, the results are still limited.

Links

Medical Marijuana: Review of the Science and Implications for Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Practice

National Institutes of Health

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USA Today-Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism

USA Today

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Autism Support Network-Marijuana Madness-Half Baked?

Autism Support Network

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