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Medicinal Cannabis and Autism

At Eco Equity, we pride ourselves in raising awareness for various disorders and diseases. We are striving to be an educational hub for the medicinal cannabis industry whilst helping those suffering from acute symptoms to seek a potential cure.

Did you know that there are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.[1] Contrary to popular belief, Autism doesn’t just affect children; autistic children grow up to be autistic adults. There are different forms of autism being: Autistic Disorder—or classic autism, Asperger’s Syndromeand Pervasive Developmental Disorder.[2] All three disorders share very similar symptoms but differ in severity – these symptoms relate mainly to abnormal social skills, communication, and behaviour compared with people who aren’t on the spectrum.

The Science

A 2019 study released on behalf of Health Europa [3] shows how children treated with medicinal cannabis drastically improved the symptoms of seizures, tics, depression, restlessness, and rage attacks.[4] Various global studies [5] have shown the positive impact medicinal cannabis has on patients with its fewer side effects compared to opioids; such as the FDA approved drug, Risperidone typically prescribed to autistic patients.

In The News

Brandi and Logan Williams, Arizona’

Arizona parents have gone through a tough battle in courts to fight for their autistic son to legally obtain medicinal cannabis.

“My son was banging his head 75-150 times a day on hard objects all over the house,” – Brandi Williams told ABC15 about her son’s issues with autism.

When Williams’ son digests the medicine in the form of a paste it dramatically improves his behaviour – he remains focused, able to socialise and there is a noticeable reduction in self-harm from repetitive behaviours.

Arizona currently has 186 children legally accessing the medicine for epilepsy and cancer and as Williams’ son also has epilepsy, he fell within the remit for access but there are many cases that aren’t as fortunate. But it’s not all bad, on April 2, 2019, World Autism Day, the Colorado Government signed a bill into law adding autism spectrum disorder to Colorado’s list of qualifying medicinal cannabis conditions. Colorado is currently one of 14 states that include autism on their list of approved medicinal cannabis conditions, according to MAMMAS.[6] We hope further states and countries worldwide follow suit with legislations to grant patients in need the rightful access. Stories like Brandi Williams’ son aren’t as unique as you may think, patients are now realising the benefits of medicinal cannabis and are petitioning for legal access. There are thousands of children and adults out there desperate to seek alleviation from the daily symptoms of autism. This is not to say that resorting to cannabis treatment is a ‘one size fits all’ and you should never take any pharmaceutical product without prescription or consulting a doctor before use. To learn about further research into this multifunctional medicine and how we’re working hard to produce an effective product for global markets please visit out blogs.
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