Saturday, October 31, 2020

Endocannabinoid Signaling in Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex behavioral condition with onset during early childhood and a lifelong course in the vast majority of cases. To date, no behavioral, genetic, brain imaging, or electrophysiological test can specifically validate a clinical diagnosis of ASD. However, these medical procedures are often implemented in order to...

Mutations found in individuals with autism interfere with endocannabinoid signaling in the brain

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Mutations found in individuals with autism block the action of molecules made by the brain that act on the same receptors that marijuana's active chemical acts on, according to new research reported online April 11 in the Cell Press journal Neuron. The findings implicate specific molecules, called endocannabinoids, in the development of some...

A Novel Approach to the Symptomatic Treatment of Autism

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Parents of some autistic children report that cannabis eases behavioral problems more effectively than conventional pharmaceuticals. Their anecdotal evidence should be taken seriously by medical researchers. Autism is one of a group of conditions known as pervasive developmental disorders. This mysterious disability, first described and named more than 60 years ago,...

Effects of CBD-Enriched Cannabis sativa Extract on Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms: An Observational Study of 18 Participants Undergoing Compassionate Use

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Autism Spectrum Disorders comprise conditions that may affect cognitive development, motor skills, social interaction, communication, and behavior. This set of functional deficits often results in lack of independence for the diagnosed individuals, and severe distress for patients, families, and caregivers. There is a mounting body of evidence indicating the effectiveness of pure...

Will medical cannabis be made available to people living with autism?

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For decades it was cast as a harmful gateway drug to a lifestyle of feckless criminality. But the last few months has brought a momentous shift in the official position on cannabis following pressure from families who have used it to treat conditions like epilepsy. Home secretary Sajid Javid...

How CBD Affects Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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…some doctors have been paying attention to the huge and growing amount of anecdotal evidence that CBD, which is contained in cannabis and the hemp plant, is effectively easing the symptoms of autism in children with the condition. Autism is a complicated condition that presents through various symptoms...

9-Year-Old Autistic Boy Speaks His First Words Thanks to “Controversial” Cannabis Treatment

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When he was just 10 months old, Puerto Rico-based Kalel Santiago was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. known as neuroblastoma, and spent more than two years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  When he was 3, Kalel was pronounced cancer-free, however, the joy of winning the painful battle against...

Cannabis May Provide Hope For Parents With Autistic Children

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A few years ago parents of children with epilepsy helped to create a media buzz when they showed the effectiveness of cannabis on their child’s condition. Now some parents of kids with autism are telling their stories as well.  Autism is a condition that affects over 3.5 million Americans....

Optimal Health Through Natural Means

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Autism Autism is a very complex disorder, more precisely a spectrum of disorders because it includes a variety of disorders that affect the development of the brain at the same time. While autism affects each patient individually, almost all patients have a few symptoms in common. These are difficulties...

Effects of CBD-Enriched Cannabis sativa Extract on Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms

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Recent observational studies and trials reporting the use of pure CBD or CBD-enriched cannabis extracts for the treatment of syndromes characterized by refractory epilepsy and regressive autism suggest therapeutic potential of cannabinoids for autistic symptoms (47–60). These studies, which include extracts with a CBD/THC ratio of up to 20/1, showed that, even...
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