CBD for Autism? New Study Says We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong

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The results of a new Israeli study could potentially turn Autism treatment on its head by proving that THC is far more beneficial to ASD patients than CBD.

Namely, while both cannabinoids — cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — exhibit different health benefits, until now, it was CBD (and not THC) that was primarily used for treating autism symptoms, being the non-psychoactive component of cannabis.

According to CDC data, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 44 US children. This neurodevelopmental disorder can lead to repetitive behaviors, problems in communication, social interactions, and emotional control, depending on its severity.

In fact, using cannabis to treat some of these autism symptoms is nothing new. For instance, results from previous studies show that CBD improves symptoms in over half of children with Autism.

And there’s even an ongoing study currently exploring the effects of CBD on ASD children with encouraging results, as one public testimonial suggests.

Now, back to the Israeli study, THC not only decreased obsessive behavior in mice (more than CBD ever did), but it also improved sociability — something CBD is unable to do. 

What’s more, Tel Aviv University researchers say you only need a small amount of THC for it to be effective on this level. Even better, THC positively affected both cognitive and emotional tests a month and a half into treatment.

Scientists explain the positive effects of CBD oil for kids with anxiety, autism, and behavioral disorders by the compound’s ability to change brain chemistry (namely, neurotransmitters). More precisely, CBD calms the over-excited brain by balancing the levels of different brain molecules, including dopamine and serotonin.

On the other hand, cannabis was shown to have negative effects on a still-developing brain. There’s a study proving that women who consume cannabis when pregnant have a 1.5 times higher risk of having an autistic child.