The therapeutic effect of CBD on the mind and body could help Autistic individuals reduce aggression.
One of the most beautiful things said by someone is “Autism taught me that love needs no words”, don’t you agree?
While autism diagnosis might cause a lot of stress and pressure on the child as well as the parent, there is hope nurturing. Environmental factors are huge determinants of a person’s overall growth and working on factors around autism will help.
Speak to any creative person and they will show a plethora of expressive possibilities. All that matters is what you choose to do with your obstacles and how you make a tiny universe around it. This post is around a new possibility of helping autistic individuals find some relief.
What is Autism
Children suffering from autism have trouble communicating their feelings, expressing themselves and also understanding what a person feels or says. It is a complex neurobehavioral disorder which affects that part of the brain which is responsible for social interaction, developmental skills and communication. People with autism also display rigid and repetitive behaviors.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the psychological term used to determine if a person is autistic through a series of developmental tests.
Autism: Causes and Symptoms
The Centre of Disease Control says that approximately 1 in 59 children get diagnosed with ASD. There have been ongoing researches on autism as there isn’t a single cause that definitely leads to autism. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, both genetic and environmental factors contribute to ASD. Let’s have a look at some known causes:
- Genetic mutation
- An immediate family member with Autism
- Being born to older parents
- Low weight at birth
- Imbalance in metabolism
- Exposure to heavy metals or toxins
How do you recognize symptoms of ASD?
There are two parts to this: Communication and Behavior
- Inability to express, share feelings or hold a conversation
- Trouble maintaining eye contact or understanding body language
- Difficulty in maintaining relationships
- Repeated movements and speech
- Rigid about routines
- High sensitivity to sensory informations like sound, smell, light etc
- Fixated interests and preoccupied mind
There is no ultimate treatment for autism but therapy is extremely helpful. Therapy can be behavioral, physical, speech etc which can help ASD individuals recognize feelings and behaviors. Vitamins for sleep and regular functions can also be helpful.
A recent development in the medical industry is the arrival of medical cannabis. Yes, CBD can also be an option in helping autism.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a naturally occuring substance in the cannabis plant. It is one of the many cannabinoids present in cannabis and it works in the opposite direction of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is responsible for inducing psychoactive reactions and it is highly concentrated in marijuana which is known for its “high effect”. However, CBD has a very low concentration of THC (Only 0.03% is approved by the state) and it is more known for its medicinal properties.
CBD properties include neuroprotective, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic which makes it a great therapy option.
How is CBD helpful for Autism
The NCBI speaks highly of this equation between CBD and Autism. There have been a few studies that have suggested that consumption of CBD Oil regularly has helped autistic behaviors calm down.
How does CBD interact with the body?
CBD interacts with our body through cannabinoid receptors and neurons that are present on the nervous system. CBD gets infused into the bloodstream and reaches the brain directly which is why it can signal the brain processes to proceed faster.
Our hormones responsible for controlling the normal brain activity are activated by CBD. It is almost like a stimulant.
Due to its minimal side effects, it could be a good option for helping relieve autism stress and best of all, it is natural.
To give more weightage to this alternative there have been a few studies that have shown CBD in positive light
CBD and Autism: Scientific Studies
- There is a movement to legalize CBD for Autistic Kids, According to Tonic Vice.
Most of these reports have shown a decline in aggressive behavior, seizures and significant improvement in speech.
CBD could be a great alternative to chemical infused pharmaceutical drugs. There aren’t many side effects and none of them are life threatening. The therapeutic effect of CBD is what will have a major impact on people with Autism. It will give them relief.