In a new study published by the journal Neurology, 80% of children with autism saw improvements in their condition after being administered cannabidiol (CBD).
For the study, 60 children with an average age of 12 were given cannabis oil containing 20% CBD and 1% THC, for a period of seven months.
After the seven-month period, children filled out a questionnaire asking if they noticed any changes in their condition. Parents were asked if they noticed any changes in their child’s condition, and were asked about any changes in their child’s anxiety levels and communication abilities.
According to the study’s lead Dr. Adi Aran, director of the pediatric neurology unit at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, 80% of parents reported a decrease in problematic behavior following the use of CBD, and 62% reported that their child’s behavior improved significantly. Around half of the children claimed they noticed improvements in their communication, and 40% saw significant improvements in their anxiety symptoms.
“According to the astonishing report, eighty percent of the children reported improved functioning!”, says Nachshol Cohen, Founder of Cannabium. “We hope that this research will help to bring about a conceptual change by regulators and policymakers, which will lead to a scientific momentum that will unequivocally demonstrate the positive effects of cannabis on a variety of health problems.”
The study also found that half of the children who participated in the study also reported an improvement in their level of communication, with 40% saying that their anxiety symptoms had significantly improved. A third of the participants did not show symptoms of anxiety before the study began.