What is Autism?
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, refers to a collection of complicated disorders that affect brain development. As a “spectrum,” ASD affects people in various degrees, but normally a person with ASD will suffer from three main symptoms:
While some ASD children may be said to have an intellectual disability, some—often characterised as “high-functioning”—excel in music, art, and math. Symptoms could also improve as they get older. However, other ASD children are unable to speak and may engage in self-harming behaviours.
What Causes Autism?
Up until recently, people were unaware of what causes ASD. Now we know that while there is no sole cause, research shows us that ASD can be traced back to early brain development.
Within the last few years, researchers have identified a number of rare gene changes and mutations, a few of which may act as a stimulant for ASD. In other cases, autism may be caused by a mixture of environmental factors and a genetic predisposition, which influences early brain development.
The clearest signs of ASD surfaces between the ages 2 and 3. Therefore groups like the Organization for Autism Research have been funding research efforts in order to help identify ASD at earlier ages—as early diagnoses could improve the effect of treatment options.
Other risk factors may include:
Individually, none of the above mentioned factors causes ASD; however, in combination with genetic factors, the risk increases. There’s encouraging evidence that a woman may decrease the chances of her child suffering from autism if she follows a diet that includes folic-rich foods and prenatal vitamins both pre and post conception.
Can Cannabis Treat Autism?
The simple answer is yes, there have been a number of Autistic children who have responded very well to a pure CBD oil treatment plan. Ultimately, you will need to test it and see if it improves your child’s behaviour. If you would like to know more about how Cannabis oil can help with ASD, please feel free to contact us today.