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 CBD for Autism

Can CBD help those with ASD?

Becky Spencer-Davies

Autism spectrum disorder (ADS) is a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can have an effect on behaviour and communication. Those with ADS often have specific interests, repetitive behaviours, lack of empathy, sleep disorders and more. CBD and Autism is a new topic that is being researched. In this blog, we share some of this information.

CBD for autism research 

Researchers have found new evidence to suggest the medical cannabis can be an alternative therapy for children on the autism spectrum.  Researchers treated autistic children with CBD and in 80% of the children in the study improved.

There have also been a number of other studies which point to CBD for autism being beneficial to children. In a study by Remedy Review, parents were asked questions about their children's behaviour. This questionnaire found that 50% said that their children had impulse control issues and a short attention span. 45% said that their children were hyperactive and 45% said they’d hope CBD would improve their child's mood. Another 35% said their child didn’t sleep well and 30% said they had trouble communicating.  

Once the children had started using CBD there were some notable benefits. 54% said that their child had a more positive mood. 53% said their child was less anxious and 45% said their child was less stressed. Another benefit is better sleep and improved communication. 

Is CBD for autism legal?

CBD comes from the cannabis plant, however, it will not get you “high”. It doesn’t contain THC which is the psychoactive part of the plant. Due to this, it is legal to buy and sell CBD, online and on the high street. You might notice that some CBD has a low percentage of THC, this is called a full spectrum. This means that you get a legal amount of THC that won’t get you high, along with various terpenes which have their own benefits.

How should my child take CBD for autism?

CBD can be taken in a number of different ways. For children, you might want to consider CBD drops on the tongue (tincture drops) or edibles. You can bake CBD into brownies or cupcakes, however, as an everyday solution, you might be best using the tincture drops. Start off on a lower dose and see how the child reacts to it. Some people have a higher tolerance to others so start low and you can always increase the dose. Watch our video on how to make CBD brownies for a weekend treat.

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