Scientists from Israel reported in a paper “Real life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism: Analysis of Safety and Efficacy” that after six months of cannabis oil(containing 30% CBD and 1.5% THC) treatment, 91.4% of the autism spectrum disorder patients claimed improvement of condition.
According to the scientists, cannabis as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders patients appeared to be well-tolerated, safe and seemingly effective option to relieve symptoms, mainly: seizures, tics, depression, restlessness and rage attacks.
Bar-Lev Schleider, L., Mechoulam, R., Saban, N. et al. Real life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism: Analysis of Safety and Efficacy. Sci Rep 9, 200 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37570-y
Patients reported lower frequency of anxiety, distress and depression, following THC administration, as well as improved mood and better quality of life in general. In patients suffering from anxiety, THC led to improved anxiety levels compared to placebo and in dementia patients, it led to reduction in nocturnal motor activity, violence behavioural and severity of behavioural disorders.
Moreover, cannabis was shown to enhances interpersonal communication and decrease hostile feelings within small social groups. Overall, more than 80% of the parents reported at significant or moderate improvement in the child global assessment.