Cannabis Helps Autism Spectrum Disorder
MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND AUTISM
Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Personal Struggle
Your ReThink-Rx™ Doctor Will Help
Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a group of neurodevelopmental disabilities characterized by impairment in 3 major areas: social interaction, communication, and behavior. It is called a spectrum because there is a broad range of severity and symptoms, from mild to debilitating.
In 2013 neurosurgeon and CNN medical expert Sanjay Gupta, MD changed his mind about cannabis. Rather than continuing to rely on agencies like the DEA to responsibly evaluate evidence and determine the safety and effectiveness of cannabis, he decided to look at the evidence himself. His conclusion: “I now know that when it comes to marijuana…it doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works”. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one such application, one that he strongly supports.
Growing scientific evidence suggests cannabis improves behavior, communication and cognitive skills. Unlike other medications often prescribed for ASD, cannabis seems to improve function by targeting a key problem underlying ASD: an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system.
Managing ASD can be extremely challenging. Families often find traditional treatments inadequate or laden with undesirable side effects. The growing interest in the media helps patients and families understand now that cannabis may offer hope, especially when other therapies have failed.
Developing a successful strategy for improving symptoms and elevating the quality of life with Autism involves several factors, and cannabis may play a role for many patients and families. Understanding the therapeutic principles of cannabis in Autism management will help greatly. Dosing strategies and product selection are important. Your ReThink-RxTM doctor will explain just how this works and will help you develop a strategy that works best for you.
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