A New Hope: Treating Autism with CBD

A New Hope: Treating Autism with CBD

Autism has a treatment – it is completely safe, effective and without any side effects. Emerging research is demonstrating how CBD-rich preparations of cannabis may help alleviate symptoms associated with autism (ASD).

What Causes Autism And How it Can be Treated

Autism is a permanent developmental disability in the neurological area that can affect the ability of a child or a person to communicate, understand and interact with other people. This can be noticed in the developmental stage of a child at a young age of three. This is the time that parents will notice their child's developmental delay and development is rather slow compared to healthy kids. Irregular behaviour in children with autism has three key factors that vary from mild to severe which is defined throughout the spectrum category.

Learning ability of some children with autism can be limited while other children in the similar range are not, from not being able to utter a word to some children being able to speak a lot of words. As a child with autism ages, some of his autistic patterns changes. The child can be less engaging then turn out to be more outgoing and start to utter a few words, but this might not be the case since other children have modest developments. This implies that child development varies from case to case basis.

The connection between cannabinoids and ASD

Individuals with autism have Neuroligin-3, a protein that is mutated in them. The protein plays an essential role in toning down the communication between neurons. Too much white noise will result if the whole process turns down. This effect brings a lousy intervention with the autistic ability of your child’s ability to focus, to have the right and proper interactions with others, the child may appear not normal like others and respond to social cues.

Scientific research and studies indicate that autism-related to neuroligin-3 mutations was tested first to the mouse. Results that came out of this study showed a mutual relation between the dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system (ECB) system and atypical development of the neural receptors which are responsible for the four phenotypic features known to be atypical in the autism spectrum:

  • Social reward responsively
  • Neural development
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Anxiety-related symptoms

The endocannabinoid system operates at different levels, sometimes lowly, or at the senescent level and sometimes in spurts. For it function properly, the neuroligin-3 receptor should be working correctly also. The levels of anandamide don’t have the capability of either decreasing or increasing in response to the environmental triggers outside like, for instance, anxiety stimuli, social cues and sleep and wake cycles.

How CBD can help with the treatment of Autism

CBD does not work on the cell surfaces, they work inside the cell. When CBD is administered to autism spectrum disorder patients, there is no risk of drug withdrawal, the risk of tolerance or even additive potential. CBD tends to block the fatty acid thereby preventing (FABPs) proteins and this, in turn, results in the homeostatic anandamide levels returns and even a mood that is centred.

The levels of anandamide can be increased by both CBD and THC. All this is done by binding different cell areas. CBD puts its effects typically directly in the cell while THC binds itself to the CB1 receptor on the cell surface. This brings about three crucial differences.

  1. Upgrading of the CB1 receptor occurs when THC binds to the receptor on the surface of the cell. This just means that there is a need for more THC to bring out the same effect.
  2. If for in case a child is predisposed to psychosis or schizophrenia, THC can be used to unmask them. THC should be given to persons that their brains have physiologically matured. If it is administered to those who have not attained this level of maturity, it may lead to over psychosis and permanent rewiring of the brain.
  3. There have never been any cases of negative feedback on the usage of THC. This means that anandamide levels cannot be balanced correctly. The imbalance is what results in autism.

CBD works inside the cell right where anandamide is formed and broken down. This brings about direct feedbacks between the FABP, CBD and the anandamide allowing the levels of the anandamide to be correctly managed to bring about a perfect balance in the anandamide levels.