When it comes to autism — a complex and difficult condition to treat — CBD is becoming a promising new treatment option.
CBD oil offers some incredible benefits towards both the causes and side effects of autism, including:
- Suppressing seizures
- Lowering the severity of social anxiety symptoms
- Alleviating addictive behavior towards stimulating activities such as video games or television
- Stabilizing mood swings and irritability
- Promoting relaxation and sleep
It’s important to note that virtually all the benefits shown to come from the cannabis plant towards autism come from high CBD and low THC extracts.
In fact, THC is likely to make symptoms much worse.
Therefore, it’s critical that only hemp extracts containing less than 0.3% THC are used for this condition.
CBD & Autism: How it Works
Let’s get into the real nitty-gritty on this topic.
As mentioned, autism is a complex medical condition, with many different factors to be considered.
We need to remember that those with autism spectrum disorder often have under-functioning anandamide (one of our primary endocannabinoids) and changes in both serotonin and dopamine, important neurotransmitters in the brain.
CBD works specifically by optimizing anandamide levels in the body by preventing its breakdown and increasing the rate of release of this important regulatory molecule. This offers direct benefits on autism by addressing what many researchers believe to be one of its main underlying causes.
CBD Oil Dosage
Finding the dose of CBD is perhaps the most confusing part of the entire process.
This is because the endocannabinoid system is incredibly diverse from one person to the next, making it hard to know exactly how much CBD is needed to produce the desired effects.
With autism, it’s important to always start at a very low dosage and build up slowly over time, as you learn how it affects the individual directly. For autism, we recommend staying on the conservative side at first and gradually increase.
The right dose is identified when you find relief from symptoms.