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Does Cannabis Help With Autism?

Overview
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.

Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). 
 
Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. 

Experts estimate that 1 out of 88 children age 8 will have an ASD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 30, 2012).  Males are four times more likely to have an ASD than females.

Science & Research

Video: Local family using cannabis oil to treat children with autism

2013 - Study ~ Moderation of antipsychotic-induced weight gain by energy balance gene variants in the RUPP autism network risperidone studies


2013 - Study ~ Autism-Associated Neuroligin-3 Mutations Commonly Disrupt Tonic Endocannabinoid Signaling


2013 - Study ~ Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2, but not Type 1, is Up-Regulated in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells of Children Affected by Autistic Disorders


2013 - Study ~ Alterations in the endocannabinoid system in the rat valproic acid model of autism.


2013 - Study ~ Evidence for a Common Endocannabinoid-Related Pathomechanism in Autism Spectrum Disorders


2013 - Anecdotal ~ Parents treat self-harming child with medical marijuana


2013 - News ~ A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids


2013 - News ~ Maine Mom Fights Son’s Autistic Episodes With Marinol


2013 - News ~ Mutations found in individuals with autism interfere with endocannabinoid signaling in the brain


2013 - News ~ Marijuana Affects Autism, But Not How You’d Think [Study]


2012 - Study ~ Would some cannabinoids ameliorate symptoms of autism?


2012 - News ~ Medical Marijuana: A "Cure" for Autism?


2011- Study ~ Variation in the human Cannabinoid Receptor (CNR1) gene modulates gaze duration for happy faces


2011- Study ~ Consequences of cannabinoid and monoaminergic system disruption in a mouse model of autism spectrum disorders


2011 - News ~ Cannabis Science And The Unconventional Foundation For Autism (UF4A) Partner To Advance Successful Cannabis-Based Autism Treatments


2011 - News ~ Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part 4


2011 - News ~ Wayne Valley alum making a difference in autism research


2011 - News - Medical marijuana: a valuable treatment for autism?


2010 - Study ~ Use of dronabinol (delta-9-THC) in autism: A prospective single-case-study with an early infantile autistic child


2010 - Study ~ Can autism be triggered by acetaminophen activation of the endocannabinoid system?


2010 - News ~ Steamboat mom sees results from giving autistic son medical marijuana


2010 - News ~ Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part 1


2010 - News ~ Why I Give My Autistic Son Pot, Part 2


2010 - News ~ Why I Give My 9-Year-Old Pot, Part 3


2009 - News ~ Does marijuana replace pharmaceuticals as a treatment for Autism?


2009 - News ~ Prescribing marijuana to kids


2009- News - Sam's Story: Using Medical Cannabis to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder


2009 - News ~ The ultimate herbal remedy: Can cannabis improve autism?


2009 - Anecdotal - Mom: Medical marijuana saved son's life


2008 - News ~ Autism, ADD, ADHD and Marijuana Therapy


2006 - Study ~ Variations in the human cannabinoid receptor (CNR1) gene modulate striatal responses to happy faces


2002 - News - THE SAM PROJECT: James D


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