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Study Finds Cannabis May Provide Treatment For Autism

A new study out of Stanford University has found promising signs to suggest that cannabinoids – compounds found in cannabis, as well as naturally produced in our body – may help to treat autism.1edit_medical_marijuana1

According to Autism Daily Newscast (ADN); “A new study shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on”.

They continue: “Thomas Sudhof, a cellular physiologist at Stanford University, tested mutations associated with autism in mice. Two mutations associated with autism in a synapse-adhesion protein led to deficits in prolonged endocannabinoid signaling in mice. This suggests that autism could caused by a disruption of the brain’s ability to send clear signals”.

These findings suggest that cannabinoids could be used as a treatment to autism as they can unblock a disruption in the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

ADN points to another study which helps to validate this possibility; “Danielle Piomelli of UC Irvine and Olivier Manzoni of INSERM, the French national research agency, treated mice exhibiting symptoms of Fragile-X Syndrome, a disorder that causes autistic symptoms, with novel compounds that correct the signaling of endocannibinoid transmitters in the brain [which cannabinoids can do]. The mice showed dramatic behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring anxiety and open-space acceptance”.

Clearly more research is needed to truly consider cannabis an effective autism treatment, but these findings are promising. As ADN puts it; “families who are already using the drug to treat their children’s symptoms believe it has made all the difference in the world. Many children with autism are already given cocktails of drugs that may be even stronger than marijuana, with serious side effects and limited results”.

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Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. Autism Care

    Asperger syndrome often remains undiagnosed until a child or adult begins to have serious difficulties in school, the workplace or their personal lives

  2. Kanitau

    Take the MMJ in a tincture about 2 mL….but, again, consult a doctor, as everyone is different.

  3. Kanitau

    Top 3 medical cannabis strains for autism with anorexia and epilepsy. Okay, analyze that for a second. You have an autistic patient who has epilepsy and WON”T EAT. If they don’t eat, they won’t take their seizure meds, so by giving a LOW DOSE (about 2 mL) of medical cannabis TINCTURE, that is safe for both epilepsy and autism, while at same time increasing appetite so the autistic person with seizures can eat, swallow down their meds, makes sense…research shows these MMJ strains help:
    1. White willow
    2. Cannatonic
    3. SFV OG kush
    4. AC/DC
    5. Pinesson
    6. Harlequin (not so good as appetite inducer, but excellent for epilepsy and pain)
    7. Blue Dragon
    8. OG Kush
    9. White Russian (for pain mostly)
    10. Pure OG Kush
    11. ANY tincture high in CBD and low in THC
    12. Pink Kush

    Of course, consult a doctor before trying! And get a LEGAL card…do your research…ask about contraindications with other meds currently on…

  4. Dario

    J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]
    Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2, but not Type 1, is Up-Regulated in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells of Children Affected by Autistic Disorders.
    Siniscalco D, Sapone A, Giordano C, Cirillo A, de Magistris L, Rossi F, Fasano A, Bradstreet JJ, Maione S, Antonucci N.

  5. Baz

    Speaking as someone who’s autistic and a regular user of the substance… it helps.

    1. loren

      how do you take it and for how long have you taken it? in what ways has it helped. Our son is 16 and is “high functioning autistic” but still has serious involvement. he is on standard medications but i am thinking that this can work for him.

  6. jimmy flippo

    i believe it my sister has that and she was dealing with it very well until pharmicudical america dipped its greedy poison pills down her throat ever since her mind is gone if u take her off them she gets worse another great cure ha cannabis is a miracle plant that cures so many different types of illnesses

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