Is CBD Effective for Autism? Here’s What the Doctor Says!

Is CBD Effective for Autism? Here's What the Doctor Says!

Team GR: We’ve received many questions about CBD and if it’s beneficial for those with autism. We asked Dr. Ronald Aung-Din to answer some of those tough questions!

Is CBD Effective for Autism? Here’s What the Doctor Says!

by Dr. Ronald Aung-Din

What is the difference between CBD, THC, Hemp and Full Spectrum?

Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man. It has been used for paper, textiles, and cordage for thousands of years. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation.  Hemp – also called industrial hemp – refers to the non-psychoactive (less than 1% THC) varieties of Cannabis sativa L.

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol and is non-psychoactive, is 1 of 113 known phytocannabinoids isolated from the Cannabis genus.

THC is an acronym for Tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive chemical compound in Cannabis strains that causes what’s described as a “high.”

Full spectrum hemp oil includes all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant such as Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabicyclol (CBL), and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).

How do we know when we should incorporate CBD/Hemp into our regimen?

As neuro-modulating agents, capitalizing on our own intrinsic endocannabinoid system, ECS, we should consider incorporating them into the treatment regimen as soon as we think about them. As they act to balance and put into proper function altered brain chemical and electrical function.

Is it just as effective without the thc?

In some situations, the addition of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, to CBD may prove to provide additional therapeutic benefit, the invoking of the so called “entourage effect.” That said, this needs to be determined individually and with caution as use of systemic THC early in age can potentially have long term negative effects.

There are so many CBD products on the market (juices, teas, capsule, lotions, drops, gummies), which work best?

It is prudent that CBD and other cannabinoids used to treat medical conditions be of pharmaceutical grade ingredients devoid of pesticides and other undesirable contaminants. As such, the consumer should seek out only such products using these refined raw materials.

Direct Effects Technology topical CBD products are particularly useful for use in pediatric populations as they do not involve the bloodstream and instead work through cannabinoid receptors in skin nerve endings with direct connections to the central nervous system.

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Dr. Ronald Aung-Din practices General Neurology & Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, FL. He is board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology; and member, American Academy of Neurology. AfGin Pharma, LLC was founded by Dr. Aung-Din in 2009 to advance this unique technology and its goal of “Enhanced Neuro-Therapeutics through Direct Effects Topical Technology;
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