Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.
Autism is not a rare or uncommon disorder. It is the third most common developmental disorder, more common than Down’s syndrome. With an increase in understanding and awareness levels, professionals are beginning to understand that some people who were diagnosed with mental retardation, hyperactivity, or labelled badly behaved children may actually have autism.
Recent international studies show that about 1 in 68 people have autism and the overall incidence of autism is believed to be consistent around the globe. This means that there are over 18 million people with autism in India. This also means that we have all come across at least one person with autism in our lives – but we never realized s/he had autism.
Indirectly some recent studies have shown how the endocannabinoid (EC) system is not only significant in regulating healthy behavior but also improves dysfunctional behaviors characterized in autistic patients. The bodies EC system also produces oxytocin which is essential in learning and social behavior. The chaos characterized by the Autism spectrum appears to be calmed significantly by inducing natural cannabinoids (CBD) to our systems.
Recent studies by researchers at the University of California has established the healing properties of CBD. In their research (specifically related to autistic patients), they further added that along with regulating focus and emotion, CBD also protects the brain from further function degradation and proved to be powerful in having neuroprotective properties.
Parents of autistic children alongside knowing that CBD is not a known cure for autism but rather a dietary supplement should also know that the use of CBD brings relief to noises, smells and physical sensations. Based on anecdotal facts, CBD is also known to have a positive impact on hyperactivity and hypersensitivity two other characteristics that are sometimes associated with autistic patients.
The internet is bursting with positive parental testimonials of CBD helping their children with Autism. Although the effect of CBD varies from person to person a particular story involves a boy named Kalel Santiago. Kalel Santiago suffered from autism so severe he wasn’t able to speak. By simply spraying CBD in his mouth twice daily according to Dr Giovanni Martinez, a clinical psychologist in Puerto Rico, he was speaking his first words. Taking only three weeks to take this child from a nonverbal status, making only sounds to speaking his first words was 100% attributed to the use of CBD; this confirmed by his doctor as the only change in his treatments.
Although clinical research remains almost nonexistent, the amazing results due to CBD reported by parental testimonials and self-reports are now turning the heads of not only parents with autistic children but also the scientific community.