Autism Marijuana Benefits | Medical Marijuana Inc.
Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that develops in infancy or childhood. The disorder is characterized by social interaction and communications impairments, as well as restricted and repetitive behaviors. Studies have shown cannabis is effective at improving behavior and communication abilities by repairing the brain’s ability to send clear signals.

Overview of Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term used to classify a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders that are characterized, in varying degrees, by social interaction difficulties, verbal and physical communication problems, and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. Of the numerous types of ASD’s is autism, also referred to as “classical ASD.” Autism is the most severe form of ASD. Other types of ASD’s include Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 1 out of 88 children age 8 will have an ASD and males are four times more likely to have one of the disorders than females.

An autistic child given THC for six months reported significant reductions in the symptoms of autism. Use of dronabinol (delta-9-THC) in autism: A prospective single-case-study with an early infantile autistic child. Mice with similar behavioral characteristics to autistic humans saw an enhanced reduction in depression and were able to remain focused on running on the spinning wheel apparatus.Consequences of cannabinoid and monoaminergic system disruption in a mouse model of autism spectrum disorders.