Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects 1 in 68 Canadian children and youth.
Autism comes with social, communicative, and behavioural difficulties which can be challenging and frustrating for people with ASD and for their parents and caregivers.
Behavioral modification therapy is the standard treatment option for children, but people with severe autism can also be prescribed medications such as antipsychotics and antidepressants.
Recently, there has been increasing interest in using cannabis as treatment.
Some adults with autism find weed helps manage their symptoms, and some parents who are giving their young children cannabis oil are reporting very positive results.
But, in the absence of medical research to back up the anecdotes, doctors are still skeptical and not willing to prescribe cannabis to minors.
Introduction to autism
As a lifelong disorder, autism is defined as having difficulties with communication, social interaction, and repetitive behavior.
Although some children reach certain developmental milestones “on time”, parents usually notice “unusual behavior” in early childhood, between the age of two and three.
The exact cause of autism is still unknown, …