Examine: CBD-Dominant Extracts Related to Behavioral Enhancements in Kids with Autism

Istanbul, Turkey: Long-term use of cannabis extracts high in CBD and low in THC has been linked to reduced symptoms in adolescent patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to data published in the Journal of Cannabis Research.

Turkish investigators reported the use of CBD-dominant extracts in a cohort of 33 adolescent subjects diagnosed with mild to severe autism. Authors reported: “[M]An improvement in treatment was as follows: a decrease in behavioral problems was reported in 10 patients (32.2%), an increase in expression in 7 patients (22.5%), and improved cognition in 4 patients (12.9%), An increase in social interaction was reported in 3 patients (9.6 percent) and a decrease in stereotypes in one patient (3.2 percent). Parents reported improvements in cognition in patients who continued on CBD-enriched cannabis treatment for over two years. “

Six patients reported no significant improvements in behavior.

Compared to conventional treatments, cannabis extracts were not associated with significant side effects.

The authors concluded, “The use of lower doses of CBD and traces of THC appears to show promise in treating behavioral problems associated with autism.”

The study’s results are consistent with those of several other small studies that similarly found improvements in patients’ ASA symptoms after using cannabinoid products. Survey data published by Autism Parenting Magazine in October showed that 22 percent of U.S. caregivers or parents have given CBD to an autistic child. Survey data from the UK recently showed that autistic adults were almost four times more likely than controls to report having used CBD in the past year.

The full text of the study, “CBD-Enriched Cannabis for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Single Center Experience in Turkey and Literature Reviews” appears in the Journal of Cannabis Research. Additional information on cannabis and autism spectrum disorders is available from NORML.

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