High Dose CBD and Autism – A TestimonyJuly 13, 2018
Mom Rebecca says she successfully uses CBD to treat an autistic child.
Her son, Gavin, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Health problems and a failure to reach developmental milestones ultimately led to the diagnosis.
Gavin’s health was falling apart, and he suffered from an array of conditions including cerebral palsy, complex partial seizures, genetic anomaly, cyclical vomiting, and autism. CBD turned his life around.
To begin with, Gavin had to take an anticonvulsant called Keppra for his seizures. The seizures stopped but, as in so many cases, his autistic behaviors became worse. “Keppra rage” is well documented as a side effect, and after two months on the drug, Gavin would have fits of uncontrollable rage. However, his parents were hesitant to take him off the medication as it controlled the seizures.
High dose CBD to treat an autistic child
Dr. Bonni started Gavin with a high dose of CBD-rich cannabis oil. He showed an immediate positive response. Within ten days, Gavin started speaking again. Now, Rebecca needed to see if her son could cope without Keppra.
Under medical supervision, she followed a process that would wean him off the drug over a period of five months. The EEG showed some seizure activity initially, but Rebecca asked for a three-month period to allow her to adjust the CBD dosage. The next EEG, just 48 hours later, showed no seizure activity at all, and Gavin never needed anticonvulsant medication again.
The Endocannabinoid System and Autism
The Endocannabinoid system is where the CBD and autism connection really starts to make sense. A lot of autism’s symptoms are directly related to the functions of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is the largest regulatory system in the body and controls:
- pleasure and reward
- motor control
Plus, our bodies have endocannabinoid receptors in almost every cell. When a 2013 study found dysfunctions in cannabinoid receptors on immune cells in autistic children, it was an “aha” moment for CBD and autism researchers.
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