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CBD Shows Promise for Autism

by Katherine Leo
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, affecting more than 3.5 million in the U.S. alone, according to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These numbers have steadily increased at a yearly rate of 6 to 15 percent since 2002, and seem to be on an upward rise.

While there is debate on the causes autism, it is clear that the number of cases is increasing. Some doctors and parents contend that it is caused by vaccines, while other studies show that it is based more on faulty genes. At least one group of researchers has indicated this could be due to a chemical imbalance, lack of oxygen to the brain, environmental chemicals or even viruses. Whether autism is caused by environmental, genetic or a combination of many factors, researchers are working diligently to find the cause, and hopefully the cure.

FDA-approved drugs treat irritability-caused autism, but none treat the core characteristics of the disorder, including communication difficulties, social challenges and repetitive behaviors. Many studies are now being done to see the benefits of CBD on children with ASD. Dr. Giovanni Martinez, a clinical psychologist in Puerto Rico, is researching the therapeutic possibilities of treating children with CBD/hemp oil, and reports positive results. In one case a child spoke his first words after receiving a twice-daily spray of CBD/hemp oil. After three weeks, he could develop significant language skills. CBD is derived from cannabis, but unlike TCH which produces psychoactivity or the high, CBD does not create the same side effects.

A University of California study found that “CBD regulates emotion and focus, acting as a neuroprotective against further brain degradation. In the autistic patient, mood can be regulated with oral doses of cannabis. Dosages can be regulated according to severity of the disorder. Unlike prescribed remedies, there are no concerns about overdosing, providing a sense of security for caretakers.”

Autism needs to be seriously studied, and while the cause is unclear, there is consensus that a solution is needed. Early reports are promising for CBD/hemp oil because of the positive results it is producing in the lives of patients and families.

Katherine Leo helps others find full health by using CBD. For more information about CBD or getting into the cannabis space as a business opportunity, call 516-418-7565 or visit

June 2020




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