Supporting someone with Autism is a struggle for millions of people every day. CBD for Autism may help control difficult behaviors, symptoms and give the people who are diagnosed with Autism a chance to live a more normal and productive life.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulty with communication, socialization, and behavior control. According to the CDC, ASD is diagnosed in an average of one in every 54 American adults with the rates increasing yearly. Autism is known as a spectrum disorder because it can manifest in a number of different forms, with varying levels of severity. Some people diagnosed with Autism have intense interests and difficulty making social connections; others are nonverbal through adulthood and present with an amplified reaction to outside stimulation.
Some of the primary characteristics of Autism include:
There is no genetic or lab testing available to diagnose ASD. Instead, developmental screening and evaluation is used to determine whether the individual may be somewhere on the Autism spectrum, as well as how to best treat them.
Why CBD may help Autism.
CBD for Autism are connected largely through the endocannabinoid system, the network in the human body that, among other things, regulates the way the body responds to sensory stimuli. It essentially acts as a pathway between the mind and body. In people with ASD, the link between their disorder and the endocannabinoid system might be a valuable connection for Autism researchers to explore. CB receptors, which interact with cannabinoids on a cellular level, are in cell membranes all over the body.
Another recent study showed CBD to be effective in mice displaying the social symptoms of Autism. Mice without the characteristics of ASD showed a strong preference for interacting with other mice over nearby inanimate objects, while mice who did present with the social characteristics of Autism were indifferent.
While studying the link between CBD for Autism, researchers administered a dose of CBD to some of the mice who were less enthusiastic about social interaction. In short time, they became much more socially involved after being treated with CBD. Because the medical community is loath to perform clinical trials to explore the benefits of connecting CBD for Autism for humans, only a few trials are currently in progress.
What Products Work Best
People on the Autism spectrum can use CBD and it may help with symptoms of their ASD. Products to use can include brownies infused with CBD, as well as treats like cookies, or muffins. Specially infused honey sticks are also available as a deliciously sweet way to help Autism symptoms with CBD. CBD for Autism drinks are also a popular choice. CBD oil can be used to mix up a batch of infused treats like tea (hot or iced), lemonade, soda, and juice.
CBD capsules may be a quick and easy choice. There are also CBD pills on the market, that can be taken along with any other medications or supplements. Tinctures are also an option but do taste more unpleasant. CBD Oils and CBD lotions can also be used topically for any issues related to skin picking. They can also ease muscular pain.
Finding the right dosage for CBD for Autism can be challenging. Each individual has their own level of dosage that works therapeutically for them and finding it can largely be a matter of trial and error. As a baseline measure, it’s worth noting that during a recent study assessing the link between Autism and CBD, participants were given a dose of 10 mg (though it’s unclear how often the CBD dose was administered). Most medical professionals advise starting at 10 mg two or three times per day and assess symptoms for two weeks. If unimproved, each dosage can be raised to 15 or even 20 mg.
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