A recent webinar presented at the University of California at San Diego on CBD use for autism, three presenters spoke of the use of CBD for autism. Dr. Keith Vox, a pediatrician working with autistic patients for the last two decades, offered a history of cannabis use as a medicine in the United States. He offered accounts of major successes in treating epilepsy with CBD. In addition, he suggested that CBD has been used to treat autism with some success.
A STUDY IN ISRAEL HAD MIXED RESULTS
The study that was sponsored by the University of California at San Diego, was fueled by a recent study in Israel where some children with autism saw significant improvement after using CBD, and some children did not see a major improvement.
A NEW STUDY AT UCSD
Dr. Alysson Muotri, Ph.D., Director of the Stem Cell Program Department of Pediatrics & Cellular Molecular Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine detailed the multi-discipline study of 30 children with autism to determine the mechanisms of CBD treatments for autism. He went on to detail the tests that would be performed on the subjects as the study progresses.
STUDY ON INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS’ BRAINS
Gabriel A. Silva, Professor of Bio Engineering and Neurosciences and Founding Director, Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence, spoke about how signals move through a network and the speed at which it moves. The study will examine the measured signaling in the patients’ network of neurons, the signaling breakdown in autism, and the effects of CBD in autism on the signaling network.
This study will give the science community a great deal of information on how CBD helps patients with autism and will help physicians to know what is happening in the patients’ brains when CBD is administered and how to determine the efficacy of CBD treatment.