Learning I am heavily on the autistic spectrum was devastating and liberating.
While it answered a lot of questions about the way I am, it was painful to think that I can’t change the situation.
Knowing that this is just how life will be from now on felt depressing.
As many as 1 in 68 (1.6 %) 8-year-old children receive an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis , with a male:female ratio of 4:1.
This is my story of how I discovered that the symptoms of autism can be safely treated with Cannabidiol oil (CBD), without significant negative side effects and with results that made me feel like I now have some control over my situation.
CBD oil for Autism: How cannabidiol oil helped me to cope
Table of Contents
- 1 Possible causes of autism and the role CBD plays to alleviate the symptoms
- 2 The endocannabinoid system, autism and cannabinoids(CBD)
- 3 Observed neuroinflammation in autistic individuals
- 4 Studies suggest that CBD oil for autism is perfectly safe to administer to children
- 5 Lavie Parush, less than one year old during his first treatment with CBD oil
- 6 CBD oil will allow you to take back control
- 7 Where to buy CBD oil for autism
- 8 RE Botanicals – Home grown US CBD
- 9 I’d like to hear your experiences with CBD Oil
- 10 References
I want to start by saying that I know many of you will have autistic children between the ages of four to twelve and I understand how important the safety and welfare of your child is to you.
That is why I will back up my claims with studies or at the absolute minimum, anecdotal evidence from other individuals who have treated themselves or their children with CBD oil for autism.
I know that CBD oil is one of the safest medications a child can take to help cope with autism, but I don’t want you to take my word for it, I want to prove it to you with studies and evidence.
Possible causes of autism and the role CBD plays to alleviate the symptoms
Autism is not fully understood and every autistic person is different, but as more studies take place, we’re starting to see common ground emerging.
There are two main areas of interest concerning the use of CBD oil for autism.
The endocannabinoid system, autism and cannabinoids(CBD)
Discovered in 1992, the endocannabinoid system runs throughout the central nervous system. Currently, we know of two receptors within the system, CB1 and CB2.
Many individuals with autism show mutations which interfere with the endocannabinoid system, effectively blocking molecules made by the brain that act on the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
This blocking of signalling causes problems in the excitability of the brain. Overstimulation is a common symptom of autism.
Consuming CBD oil releases cannabinoids into the blood stream which target the CB2 receptor.
This action helps alleviate some of the symptoms associated with autism such as social functioning, anxiety and panic attacks.
I believe that this is the first and most prominent feature of CBD oil which provides a therapeutic effect for autistic children and adults alike.
Anxiety, panic attacks and what is often described as sensory and emotional “meltdowns” are common symptoms in some autistic individuals.
I was suffering from daily panic attacks. If you have never experienced a panic attack before, it is not the same as feeling anxious.
A panic attack can be described as a kind of meltdown. During a panic attack, the world feels extremely over-stimulatory and the body’s chemistry transforms into a state where it begins to release hormones that activate a specific fight or flight response.
In short, if you have one of these panic attacks, you would begin to feel an irrational fear that you are in danger, even though you are perfectly safe.
In regards to myself, despite trying many prescription drugs, including anti-depressants, only Cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) was able to effectively treat my meltdowns and panic attacks.
It also did it without any significant side effects.
This action of CBD oil is backed up by several studiess.
Observed neuroinflammation in autistic individuals
Inflammation is what occurs as a response to injured tissue either by an irritant or a rogue immune system response (A bit like the body is attacking itself).
Neuroinflammation is inflammation that occurs in the brain, it is notoriously difficult to scan for, however, many studies of autistic children show a brain pathology suggestive of neuroinflammation.
In simple terms; have you ever had an itch on your arm or leg that you couldn’t stop scratching?
When you examine it, it is red and bumpy? This is an immune system and inflammatory response to something that interacted with your skin.
Individuals with autism have been observed to have problems whereby the body is trying to protect the brain.
The result is similar to the inflammatory reaction on your skin, but for autistic individuals, it is taking place in the brain.
The brain is very sensitive and complex, neuroinflammation can cause all sorts of problems for the central nervous system.
Luckily, CBD oil has another amazing property, it is an anti-inflammatory.
Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) will suppress inflammatory responses and also regulate the immune system.
This means that CBD oil for autism will alleviate inflammation in the brain in autistic individuals, therefore producing a reduction in symptoms and a better ability for the person to cope with everyday life.
The endocannabinoid and anti-inflammatory action of CBD oil (Cannabidiol oil) are what reduced my symptoms of autism and allowed me to take back control.
Studies suggest that CBD oil for autism is perfectly safe to administer to children
Safety is the most important priority of a parent, which is why in this section I’ll cite several studies showing what happened when used to treat children.
One common trait in the results of each study is no mention of any side effects, at all.
This correlates with the scientifically understood mechanisms behind cannabidiol.
There simply isn’t any danger to using it, unlike common prescription drugs.
In the United States, there were 16,000 deaths in 2013 due to prescription drugs such as ibuprofen and paracetamol.
That is twice the amount of deaths caused by heroin and cocaine combined (8,000 and 5,000).
Alarming, isn’t it?
There have been no recorded deaths while using cannabidiol, not just in 2013, but ever.
This is why CBD oil for autism is growing in popularity, it doesn’t have any recorded deaths at all and there are no recorded negative side effects.
Why risk pumping children full of anti-depressants and prescription pain killers which can cause death when CBD oil is more effective and less dangerous?
Lavie Parush, less than one year old during his first treatment with CBD oil
Baby Lavie was born unconscious and had his first seizure that very same day.
For the first two weeks of his life doctors pumped him full of various drugs in order to try and keep his seizures under control.
These drugs had distressing side effects such as weakening his immune system and making him look bloated.
As the months went by the seizures gradually worsened until he was suffering from dozens every day.
A license was applied for to grant permission to administer cannabis oil (cannabidiol/CBD) in order to attempt to treat the seizures.
Once the license was granted and the CBD oil had been administered, the effect was immediate and within a couple of weeks, the seizures stopped completely.
There have been no reported negative side effects for baby Lavie.
This story of success is now commonplace among those who attempt to use CBD oil to treat these types of diseases and disorders.
CBD oil will allow you to take back control
Whether you are autistic or your child is, don’t let autism rule your life, take back control.
There is a reason why CBD oil for autism is exploding in popularity, it is because of how safe it is and how effective it is.
You could be enjoying a calmer, more peaceful life and all it takes is a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue once or twice per day.
Since I started taking CBD oil for autism I’ve never felt better. Of course, my autism hasn’t disappeared, I’m still wired in the same way. It is NOT a cure, but it does help more than anything else out there right now.
However, since I started taking it, the only proper way to describe the change is that life has gotten much easier for me.
As a high-functioning autistic individual, I have struggled my whole life to hold down a job and to be consistent at….anything.
I wouldn’t have been able to write a post like this if it wasn’t for CBD oil.
I wouldn’t have had the concentration or the attention span to sit here and actually stay focused.
If you’re high-functioning like me, then CBD oil for autism will make you feel like a different person.
If you have a son or daughter who has severe autism, you may likely, for the first time ever, be able to put him or her to bed quietly at the same time each night.
There are many reports across the internet of autistic children and their parents benefiting greatly from CBD oil.
In one case (but not the only case), a parent gave her seven-year-old boy CBD oil for autism.
He hadn’t spoken more than a dozen words in his life and never spoke unless asked to.
After CBD oil had been administered to him for the first time, he began to:
- Sleep straight away instead of spending 30-45 minutes yelling and hitting the wall.
- Say his mother’s name, for the first time!
- Speaking without being prompted.
- He became happier.
- He stopped peeing in his diaper.
- He started looking people in the eyes more.
- He was able to concentrate on tasks more than he used to, such as getting a haircut without moving.
- He actually said goodbye to a stranger without being prompted.
And again, there were no side effects at all with the treatment.
Where to buy CBD oil for autism
In case you don’t know, CBD oil is completely legal in the US and the UK, regardless of cannabis laws.
The fact is, CBD oil contains almost no THC at all. It cannot get you high and therefore it is not the same a cannabis.
Unfortunately, there is one thing you should worry about and that is where you buy the CBD oil.
Since CBD oil exploded onto the scene as an effective treatment for autism, there have been a lot of sellers cropping up.
Some of them are dubious and do not take their customers welfare into consideration.
Before I began testing CBD oil I put a lot of time into researching the best places to buy CBD oil for autism.
I did this because I was scared of getting a substandard product that still had THC in it and I wanted to see lab results showing what I was receiving.
I scoured the online communities for information on sellers and what I should be looking for.
I read about experiences with each seller and I examined lab results showing the contents of each product.
I found a stellar company to purchase CBD oil for autism and I highly recommend it. Safety and quality are my priorities and I wouldn’t recommend any seller I was not 100% sure about.
RE Botanicals are the 1st US help brand to be USADA certified for hemp grown inside the US.
By buying RE Botanicals you are supporting a US based hemp company that grows it’s hemp on US soil, paying US employees and producing a product that is subject to US standards. You are supporting the growth of your country.
All of RE Botanical’s products are full spectrum, meaning you get more than just CBD out of the product, you get a whole range of amazing anti inflammatory and soothing terpenes from this amazing plant.
All of RE Botanical’s products are third party tested for purity and efficacy.
RE Botanicals uses the centuries old method of gentle organic alcohol extraction to produce their CBD.
RE Botanicals CBD is blended with high quality MCT-Oil which in itself is an amazing oil that many people use daily as a supplement.
All of RE Botanical’s oils are USDA certified-organic botanicals oils. They never use essential oils or natural flavors.
They are a mission-driven company that donates 1% of sales to Regenerative Agriculture to help farmers create healthier soils.
This is why I chose RE Botanicals. They produce an amazingly effective CBD oil and they give back to their country, what could be more American than that?
I’d like to hear your experiences with CBD Oil
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2. Cell Press. “Mutations found in individuals with autism interfere with endocannabinoid signaling in the brain.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 April 2013. Sciencedaily.com
3. Dr DS Karhson, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1201 Welch Road, MSLS P-104, Stanford, CA 94305, nature.com