CHOP's Study on Medical Marijuana and Autism | Marijuana Doctors

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Date:
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

We have a decent amount of research on medical marijuana’s ability to treat conditions like pain and seizures, but what about autism? Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) want to find out how medical marijuana can treat autism symptoms.

CHOP plans to work with Australian research firm Zelda Therapeutics to conduct a study on autism and medical marijuana. By using CHOP’s research infrastructure, they’ll observe existing patients who have autism to understand the drug’s effects.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia established its first research building in 1922. This facility started a legacy of research on children’s health issues when they created the first pediatric research department in the country in 1972. Many of the staff at CHOP are also faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania, an established Ivy League university. CHOP’s breakthroughs include methods for changing sickle-shaped blood cells, the development of a balloon catheter for cardiology and the creation of vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella.

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