Parents of Autistic Children Face Hurdles
Even with the findings of this study, one of the problems parents are facing is a general lack of support from the medical community. Currently, there’s a shortage of proper training and knowledge of cannabis products and their therapeutic effectiveness. According to this study, physicians in training in the United States felt unprepared to prescribe medical marijuana or answer questions regarding cannabis. The authors also cited that only 9% of US medical schools have clinical cannabis content in their school curriculum. This means that parents of autistic children who are looking for alternative treatment methods are running into walls when trying to address options with their physicians. This leads parents of autistic children to take matters into their own hands.
One mother in Iowa named Lindsay Gaunt, whose daughter Obreigh was diagnosed with non-verbal autism, saw remarkable results after trying CBD. In August 2018, the Gaunt family filed a petition with the Iowa Medical Board to allow the use of CBD for treatment of pediatric autism. In February 2019 the Iowa Board of Medicine voted unanimously to add “severe, intractable pediatric autism with self-injurious or aggressive behavior” to the list of conditions that are treated with CBD. According to Gaunt, “My nonverbal daughter with severe autism and physically aggressive behavior is talking, playing pretend, singing and engaging.” You can follow Obreigh’s progress on her YouTube Channel.
An organization called MAMMA (Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism) is a non-profit group whose goal is to empower parents to advocate for their children with autism. They are committed to changing state laws so that children have access to cannabis under their doctor’s guidance.
More Studies Are Needed
Although there have been success stories in the treatment of autism and CBD, it’s important to understand that CBD oil is not the cure-all magic pill that will fix everything. Instead, it should be noted that there is mounting evidence that CBD is a great natural alternative to some of the pharmaceutical components on the market in the treatment of autism. Some parents of autistic children who have been proactive in their children’s treatment have had remarkable success with CBD oil. Additionally, CBD (even in high dosages) is considered safe with no known overdoses. But until more studies are published and the traditional medical community gets on board, CBD oil for the treatment of autism is an option worth pursuing for those who are taking treatment options into their own hands.