Cannabis Oil Poised to Become Treatment for Autism and Epilepsy

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Israeli researchers are now exploring the ways in which cannabis oil may be used to treat patients suffering from autism. A group of 120 patients has been selected to undergo this first-of-its-kind trial in the world. The initial findings are positive and can propel cannabis as a miracle treatment for this condition.

Autism is a complex neurobehavioral condition, generally emerging in infancy or early childhood. It entails impairments in social interaction, language and communication skills. It triggers rigid and repetitive behavior patterns, along with a range of symptoms. Autism is now referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is a lifelong developmental disability and affects the way patients experience the world around them.

Autism has no known cure up to now. However, several treatments and educational approaches have been developed to address certain challenges linked to this condition. These interventions can lessen disruptive behaviors while education can offer greater independence to the patients in terms of self-help skills. Nonetheless, as no one symptom or behavior identifies patients, no single treatment or approach can be classified as effective for all of them. Up to now, the right approach has been to identify the individual's unique strengths, weaknesses, and needs as early as possible to give a suitable treatment.

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