Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Autism is classified as either complex or essential. Complex autism refers to the presence of dysmorphic features and/or microcephaly while essential refers to absence of physical abnormalities and microcephaly.

Autism usually appears in the first 3 years of life. In the general population, autism affects about 1 in 59 births. There are about 1.5 million Americans that have some form of autism.

Autism affects boys 3 to 4 times more often than girls. It was first described by Dr. Leo Kanner in 1943. Children with autism may need therapy and special tutors.

Autism is also called:

  • Autistic disorder/autism spectrum
  • Infantile autism
  • Autistic-like/autistic tendencies
  • High-functioning autism
  • Low-functioning autism
  • Pervasive developmental delay

How does CBD (cannabidiol) help treat autism?

CBD (isolate and broad spectrum):

  • eases pain
  • slows bacterial growth
  • helps stabilize blood sugar levels
  • eases depression
  • eases nausea
  • helps control the frequency of epileptic seizures
  • slows inflammation
  • helps induce sleep
  • lowers anxiety levels
  • helps reduce psychosis
  • helps prevent cellular oxidation
  • suppresses muscle spasms and convulsions
  • reduces the risk of cell damage

How does THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) help treat autism?

THC is psychoactive (causes a ‘high’) and is generally not recommended for children with autism. CBD treatments can be used to achieve many of the same results without the ‘high’ associated with THC.


  • eases pain
  • eases nausea
  • reduces risk of nerve damage
  • helps prevent cellular oxidation
  • suppresses muscle spasms and convulsions
  • eases anxiety associated with PTSD
  • encourages eating
  • slows inflammation
  • acts as a sleep aid
  • induces relaxation

5 tips for dosing CBD for Autism

  1. Know the concentration
    • The bottle should be labeled with mg/ml of CBD. If not, the formula to calculate dosage is milligrams (mg) divided by milliliters (ml) of oil.
  2. Use a syringe
    • Oils and tinctures usually are packaged with a dropper. Droppers are convenient but not accurate. A syringe provides a more accurate measurement.
  3. Adjust dosage
    • Talk with your doctor about the observations and adjust dosage as needed.
    • Dosing should be unique to the individual and calculated with your doctor’s help.
  4. Start with a low dose
    • Start with a low dosage and increase only if necessary.
  5. Observe closely
    • It is important to see what the effects are. Take notes and share them with your doctor. Consider starting CBD treatments on a long weekend or a holiday to make sure the dosage is appropriate.

Why is cannabis an important treatment option?

Because cannabis has such widespread effects throughout the body at the cellular level, it can provide a level of deep healing that is way beyond symptom relief, it’s deep healing.

What causes autism?

The exact cause of autism is unknown. Research suggests that autism is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. Currently a genetic cause can be identified in 20% to 25% of children with autism.

There has been much debate about a connection between vaccines and autism. Currently, the overall sentiment is that vaccines do not cause autism.

Genetic testing for autism

Developmental delay is one of the earliest signs of autism. Developmental delay means that a child is missing developmental milestones. Examples include not sitting, walking, or talking by the time their same-aged peers are.

Genetic testing can help parents pinpoint the cause of a child’s developmental delay and determine if it is connected with autism. Genetic testing will also help:

  • the chance that another family member could have the condition
  • prevent other seemingly unrelated conditions, like heart disease or seizures, often found to co-occur with your child’s delay
  • provide expectations about treatment options and how the condition is expected to progress

Signs and symptoms

Autism is a spectrum disorder. The symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe.

Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors, but children and adults can exhibit any combination of the behaviors in any degree of severity. Two children with autism can act very differently from one another and have varying skills.

Some of the most common symptoms of autism are listed below:

  • children younger than 2 years who have difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication
  • children younger than 2 years who have difficulties in social interactions
  • children who participate in aggressive play
  • children who have aggression towards themselves
  • insistence on sameness; resistance to change
  • using gestures or pointing instead of words to express needs
  • repeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language
  • showing distress for reasons not apparent to others
  • little or no eye contact
  • unresponsive to normal teaching methods

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Autism and the brain

The brain of a child with autism is characterized by abnormal development. Several research studies are currently focused on diving deeper into the brain and learning more about the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms that lead to autistic symptoms.

Treatments for autism

Unfortunately, there is no standard treatment for autism. Different professionals have different philosophies and practices in caring for their patients.

Some common treatments are: biomedical and dietary therapies, behavioral therapies, and complementary therapies. In general, a combination of biomedical and behavioral therapies are usually most effective.