Cannabis Oil – A Miracle Treatment for Autism?
A unique trial on 120 autism patients in Israel could pave the way for cannabis oil becoming the new miracle autism treatment. So far, conclusions are looking good and researchers have hope for sufferers of autism where before there has been no cure.
What is Autism?
The new name for Autism is Autism Spectrum Disorder because it is such a complex disease. Doctors call it a neurobehavioral condition and they think it starts in the early stages of life, or in early childhood. Autism is therefore a form of ill health that affects child development and can last forever. It influences the way a child experiences everything happening around him or her. Autism is about deficiencies in the way a child socialises, speaks, writes and communicates. Some children develop characteristic symptoms including stiff, monotonous behaviour, anti-social performances and more.
Treatment for Autism
For decades, when autism was first diagnosed, there has been no cure for autism. Research is ongoing, and professionals use all kinds of medications and strategies to try to assist children who have it. There are certain ways of educating children with autism that do help as they reduce the intensity of the disruptive behaviours. Also, the children feel more independent and accepted if they can do things themselves. But the complexity of autism means that there is no one symptom to look out for so there is no one treatment that will cure the condition. Professionals therefore start with recognising the individual’s one-of-a-kind strong points, then their so-called areas of improvement or weakness. Then they try to find the treatment that suits the symptoms.
American specialists say that autism is one of the most rapidly developing diseases in the world. Nearly 2 million people in the USA have autism and there are only 2 approved drugs for the disorder, which have terrible side effects.
Using Cannabis Oil as a Miracle Treatment for Autism
In Israel, researchers are studying the effects of cannabis oil on 120 children and youths, between the ages of 5 and 29. They all suffer some form of autism and a pediatric neurologist is leading the study. The first experiment with antipsychotic drugs caused negative side effects. There is still no real proof that cannabis oil has improved the condition called autism in these 120 trial patients.
Meanwhile, there is proof that cannabis oil helped patients with epilepsy. When children were given the cannabis product, their seizures became fewer and less intense, and their behaviour got better. The Israeli doctor running cannabis oil and autism trial saw evidence that 70 of his autistic children improved when they took cannabis oil.
How is the Cannabis Oil Used to Treat the Autism?
Researchers gave their patients 2 different kinds of cannabis oil mixed with food. The cannabis oil contains minimal levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the cannabis cannabinoid compound that usually causes a high in users. So, it has virtually no psychoactive effect on patients.
Children taking the cannabis oil were able to go back to school to work with their peers and stopped throwing tantrums or trying to hurt themselves. Others are able to communicate better. It seems that the antipsychotic drugs doctors prescribe for autistic children are far more damaging than cannabis oil, especially when it comes to brain development.
The research is ongoing – Israel’s government is behind the scientists doing the study on medical cannabis and its benefits for children with autism. Israel is more open-minded regarding cannabis research than the USA is. It has permitted the use of medical cannabis since 1992 but in the USA, authorities are far stickier, despite anecdotal evidence that the plant can work wonders with the human body and mind.
Could cannabis oil be the miracle treatment for autism? Watch this space!