New Study Shows Cannabidiol (CBD) Helps 80% Of Children With Autism

Recent Israeli Study Demonstrates How CBD Shows Improvement for Autistic Children in 80% of Participants.

 

“Around 8:45 P.M., I announce bedtime. Most days he’ll go to the bathroom peacefully, put on his pajamas (with instructions or assistance from me), wash his hands and face, get tucked into bed, and fall asleep on his own. Then there are times that he’ll scream, cry, and hit himself on the head. I lie with him under the covers, rubbing or patting his back (if he lets me). This can go on for five minutes to hours, until he falls asleep from exhaustion. Sometimes I order him to stop or I whisper prayers; sometimes just my presence will calm him.”

No, these aren’t the flustered rantings of a parent knee-deep in the pitfalls of the terrible twos. This is an excerpt from “A Day In The Life: Raising A Child With Autism”, an 11-Day intimate window into the life of Dilshad Ali and her 10-year-old son Lil’D, who has moderate to severe autism.

The Estimated Economic Costs of Autism Measure in the Billions.

Although much has been learned about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the past few years, even basic information about causes and cures are beyond current medical knowledge. Better classification and identification have been a mixed blessing for many parents around the world, who find answers frustratingly elusive and needed support often lacking. In fact, it’s estimated. that the annual costs of ASD are between $11.5 billion and $60.9 billion in the United States alone, attributable to medical care, special education, and lost parental productivity.

 

Improvement Witnessed in Behavior, Communication and Anxiety.

When any new piece of groundbreaking autisim research comes along, it’s a cause for celebration. A recent study out of Israel offers promising news to parents raising children with autism found previously unresponsive to conventional drug therapy. Dr. Adi Aran, the Director of Pediatric Neurology at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jersulam, found 80% of the 60 children who participated in his study showed an improvement in their condition after sustained treatment with a high-concentration CBD cannabis oil.

The findings, which were published in the widely respected scientific journal Neurology, show that over a 7-month period of use, the 20:1 CBD to THC oil drops produced a variety of positive reductions in several behaviors and symptoms characterizing autism.

Parents reported not only a headline-making 80% decrease in problematic behaviors, but 50% reported improvements in their children’s communication skills, and 40% reported a decline in anxiety.

Why Cannabidiol (CBD) for Autism?

So what caused this connection to be made between cannabinoids like CBD and autism? Past research has shown that there may be a link between autism and epilepsy, a condition which affects only 2% of the general population but is found in 33% of people with ASD. This led researchers, like Dr. Aran, to believe that certain cannabinoid compounds like CBD may be an effective treatment for some autism symptoms. His latest research is an excellent sign that this theory could very well be correct.

It’s welcome news in a field of medicine where answers are hard to come by.

Indeed there is more good news — based on the success of this study, Dr. Aran is currently working on an expanded double blind, placebo controlled cross-over trial with 120 participants, building on the promising knowledge gained about CBD and its ability to reduce the symptoms of ASD. This new study is expected to conclude some time in 2019, and will hopefully give parents even more encouraging signs that the research is on the right track.  A major multidisciplinary study is scheduled to begin next year at the University San Diego School of Medicine on how CBD can provide thrapeutic benefit to children with severe symptoms of ASD.  The study is being funded by a $4.7 milliion gift from the Ray and Tye Noorda foundation and will be one of the biggest studies to date to examine CBD’s effects on autism.

Until that time, you can find out more about the status of Dr. Adi Aran’s clinical trials here. You can also find out more about autism and ASD research from the World Health Organization, the CDC, or specific publications like the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 

Written for CBD Profiler by, Nigel Lokai