Is using cannabis a viable and effective treatment for autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder is defined as a developmental affliction that significantly hampers a person’s ability to learn and communicate with others.Those diagnosed are characterized by having deficits with regards to social skills, often engaging in repetitive behaviors, and/or having difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication. These symptoms will usually prevent the person from being able to function properly in society and live a fulfilling life.

Right now there is no known cure for autism so researchers around the globe have for years been trying to find a means to eliminate the disease or at very least lessen the symptoms as much as possible. As a result, some have looked into the potential of using cannabis and its different compounds as a form of treatment. One of the compounds that seems to have some promising positive effects and caught the attention of researchers in recent years has been CBD. A new wave of clinical trials is set to begin in the U.S. to look into whether or not the marijuana compound is effective and safe enough for young children with autism to use as a form of treatment for their symptoms. With 1 in 68 children in the U.S. being diagnosed with autism as of 2017, these trials are most definitely timely.

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