Dr. Michael Duplessie, FRCS Ophth (Glasgow), M.B., B.Ch., L.R.C.P. & S.I., B.A.O., B.A.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that is characterized by ongoing deficits in social communication and interaction. In addition, those with ASD often exhibit restricted and repetitive behaviors or interests. While managing the symptoms of ASD can be challenging, recent studies have shown that cannabis may offer some relief.
In a comprehensive review of the literature, researchers found that cannabis products can be effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of a range of ASD symptoms, including hyperactivity, self-mutilation, anger, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression. Furthermore, individuals who used cannabis experienced improvements in cognitive function, attention, social interaction, and language skills.
It is worth noting that some people experienced side effects, such as changes in appetite, restlessness, and sleep disturbances. However, these effects were generally mild and well-tolerated.
While these findings are promising, more research is necessary to fully understand the therapeutic potential of cannabis and its components in treating ASD. Rigorous, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials are needed to further explore the effects of cannabis on individuals with ASD.
Nonetheless, the findings of this review offer hope for individuals with ASD who are seeking alternative therapies for symptom management. As research in this area continues, it is possible that cannabis may prove to be a valuable treatment option for those affected by this complex condition.
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Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to breaking conventions and helping those in need. My passion for medicine began during my time working in refugee camps in Thailand, and since then, I have made it my mission to provide care and support to those who need it most.
As a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, I have made numerous contributions and innovations in the field of corneal transplantation and laser surgery. I am comfortable challenging conventions.
I have seen firsthand the positive impact medical marijuana can have on patients struggling with pain and anxiety.
My experiences have shown me that medical marijuana can offer significant benefits with minimal side effects, providing patients with an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medications. Despite its potential, the government’s stance on marijuana is outdated and in need of revision.
Through my observations, I have seen prescription rates for pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety to name just a few, drastically decrease among patients who have obtained a medical marijuana card, and I believe that this is a testament to its effectiveness.