CBD Oil Study Providing Hope for Adolescent Autism Patients

CBD oil has been making the headlines in recent years due to the discovery of how beneficial it may be at treating a plethora of different elements.

Unfortunately, in the United States at the federal level CBD cannot be thoroughly researched due to it being a cannabinoid found within cannabis which is a schedule 1 narcotic according to the Controlled Substances Act.

In other countries though, such as Israel, research surrounding CBD as well as other cannabinoids found within cannabis is in abundance. In a recent study from Israel, researchers are providing much hope for adolescent autistic patients. A study conducted by Dr. Adi Aran from the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem found that when CBD based therapies were added to autistic patient’s treatment regimens, that more than 80% of them saw improvement in their overall symptoms and quality of life.

Dr. Aran, who is the director of pediatric neurology at the hospital treated 60 children who had been diagnosed with autism and were unresponsive to other medications with a high CBD / low THC cannabis oil. The cannabis oil had a 20:1 CBD: THC ratio. The children were administered this oil on a daily basis for at least 7 months. At the end of the treatment period, parents of the patients were asked to fill out a questionnaire to help researchers understand any changes in behavioral symptoms, anxiety levels, and their ability to communicate. Here is what they found;

  • Of the 60 patients, 62% reported significant improvements in their overall symptoms and quality of life.

  • 80% of parents noted that their children had seen a massive reduction in problematic behaviors.

  • 50% of the patients saw improved communication with the CBD oil as part of their regimen.

  • 40% of the patients saw a decrease in anxiety. This is of the 2/3 population of patients that experienced anxiety before the CBD treatment period.

These are substantial statistics considering that the prevalence of autism has drastically increased in recent years with no understanding as to why.