Marijuana and Autism - Leaf Science
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Marijuana may be helpful for treating symptoms of autism. However, more research on the subject is needed.

Autism is a developmental disability often characterized by behavioral, social and communication issues.

Autism is part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a set of developmental disabilities that were previously diagnosed separately but are now grouped together. ASD also includes Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders.

There is growing interest in using cannabis to treat autism symptoms, fueled by an increasing amount of anecdotal evidence suggesting its potential.

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Scientific research on marijuana and autism is lacking. But interest within the medical community is growing, and some parents are using cannabis to treat their children’s autism.

Thalia Michelle first heard about cannabis as a treatment option for her son’s autism in 2014. “The anecdotal stories blew my mind,” she says.

Her son Lance now takes a CBD oil with less than 0.3 percent THC, and he has experienced notable results. His aggression has been reduced by 85 percent, and his tantrums — which used to last hours — now last a much more manageable 5 or 10 minutes.

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