Study: Medical Cannabis Oil Helps Relieve Autism Symptoms

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02 Feb 2019, 12:14 pm

Medical cannabis oil for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) appears to be a well-tolerated, safe and effective option to relieve symptoms including seizures, tics, depression, restlessness and rage attacks, according to a new study by Israeli researchers from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center.

The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also show that cannabis treatment can significantly improve sleep and concentration.

“Overall, more than 80 percent of the parents reported significant or moderate improvement in their child,” said Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider of the BGU-Soroka Clinical Cannabis Research Institute.

https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/02/0 ... 42541.html


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02 Feb 2019, 12:38 pm

I personally know of a young man with non-verbal autism who's family controls those symptoms him with a pot brownie every day, medically prescribed.



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15 Mar 2019, 2:57 pm

To the naysayers, cannabis oil is just snake oil and provides absolutely no benefit other than placebo to autistic children or epilepsy or "___insert chronic illness___" until suddenly one day a study is published and it does provide benefits that patients had been claiming that it did for years and years all along. What a shock!! *sarcasm*


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16 Mar 2019, 1:14 pm

Noca wrote:
To the naysayers, cannabis oil is just snake oil and provides absolutely no benefit other than placebo to autistic children or epilepsy or "___insert chronic illness___" until suddenly one day a study is published and it does provide benefits that patients had been claiming that it did for years and years all along. What a shock!! *sarcasm*

Please differentiate between epilepsy and autism. Benefit in the direction of epilepsy has been known for thousands of years. Read this paper, too: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6287295/, where the research in Israel has been mentioned.

Autism is rather simple to understand. It's basically the excess of neurite connections, which topologically means instead of more straight-line circuits inside the brain, you get more loops (circle-like circuits). Thus, these children focus more processes than concepts. The human brain is like a Hamiltonian in physics, made of two types of circuit components: concepts and processes. They are like the coordinate and momentum operators. An eigenstate of the "process" or "momentum" operator manifests itself in things like (a) rigidity, (b) stimming / repetitive behaviors, (c) ADHD, (d) tantrums, (e) anxiety, (f) OCD, (g) epilepsy in some. Because most people operate in the "coordinate" or "concept" space, they tend to view the "process" or "momentum" space as pathological. But just like we use fixed frequency carriers in electronic signal transmission (think about how you are reading this message: it went through many network connections, all relying on fixed-frequency carrier signals plus modulation to bring my words to you), those "processes" are extremely useful, when you know how to use modulation technique to tweak them and blend your desired information into them.

If you know something about modern AI / Deep Learning, you will realize that the two most popular configurations (a) CNN: convolutional neural network, and (b) RNN: recurrent neural network, match perfectly to the capturing of "concepts" and "processes." That is not just a coincidence.

What's my point? Cannabis oil or other medications are not the answer to autism. Modulation is. Once you know how to use modulation, you can intercept the process signals and grow connections inside the brain of these children. Concepts become linked inside the brain. You don't do that and you become lazy and want to delegate the development of autistic children to medication, go ahead, make my day. I am not the one complaining, I am the one enjoying life and having fun with my children. No need to cry, no need to whine. You make your decision, you live with the consequences. Life is very fair.

Autism is not new. In my opinion, it's been with humans for thousands of years. It's responsible for our writing systems and all technological innovations. I think it's worthwhile to explore how our ancestors successfully raised these children. Evolution did not make these children to be dependent on medication. Medications came way after autism. In short, understand first the message that Mother Nature has been trying to tell us.

I see with my own eyes the effect of cannibidiol/Epidiolex on children. The effects on epilepsy are more or less clear. As for improvement on learning, that is extremely limited.


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16 Mar 2019, 1:24 pm

I'm sick of hearing autistic traits being referred to as "symptoms", and I have no desire to become a stoner whatsoever. I'm quite proud of the fact I can do crafts and artwork without relying on mind-bending substances.



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16 Mar 2019, 2:30 pm

lostonearth35 wrote:
I'm sick of hearing autistic traits being referred to as "symptoms", and I have no desire to become a stoner whatsoever. I'm quite proud of the fact I can do crafts and artwork without relying on mind-bending substances.

I'm sick of hearing people who think that using CBD oil makes them a stoner, or assuming that using cannabis in any form at any dose automatically makes them a stoner.


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16 Mar 2019, 3:35 pm

Noca wrote:
lostonearth35 wrote:
I'm sick of hearing autistic traits being referred to as "symptoms", and I have no desire to become a stoner whatsoever. I'm quite proud of the fact I can do crafts and artwork without relying on mind-bending substances.

I'm sick of hearing people who think that using CBD oil makes them a stoner, or assuming that using cannabis in any form at any dose automatically makes them a stoner.


That's true enough. I've been stoned...I've also tried cbd oil. CBD oil didn't do much of anything that I could detect. Some people swear by it, but I've never heard of anyone feeling stoned from CBD oil. (I believed it's usually derived from hemp if I am not mistaken). It's not supposed to be psychoactive in any case.