Recent Research on Autism and Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Mutations Found In Individuals With Autism Interfere With Endocannabinoid Signaling In The Brain
Mutations found in individuals with autism block the action of molecules made by the brain that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on, according to new research. The findings implicate specific molecules, called endocannabinoids, in the development of some autism cases and point to potential treatment strategies.
- Consequences Of Cannabinoid & Monoaminergic System Disruption In A Mouse Model Of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are heterogenous neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impairment in social, communication skills and stereotype behaviors. While autism may be uniquely human, there are behavioral characteristics in ASDs that can be mimicked using animal models. This data provides a basis for further studies in evaluating the role of the cannabinoid and monoaminergic systems in the etiology of ASDs.
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- Method For Predicting Autism Spectrum Disorders By Cannabinoid And Cannabinoid Receptor Expression
The inventive method relates to a method for the determination of susceptibility or diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorders. Diagnosis or determination of susceptibility determinations are predicated on quantitative analysis of endocannibinoid levels or endocannibinoid receptor expression.
Information on Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both used as broad terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders often represent a number of different complex issues, including difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Previously, all of the disorders were recognized as distinct subtypes, including childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), autistic disorder, and Asperger syndrome. In May 2013, the updated publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual merged all autism disorders under one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.
ASD can be associated with a number of challenges, including intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention, and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. It is not uncommon for some persons with ASD to excel in art, music, and cognitive organization.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by three main areas; difficulty interacting in social situations, challenges communicating, and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, the symptoms and the range in severity vary widely across these three core areas. For some, these symptoms may result in relatively mild challenges for someone on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. For others, symptoms could be significantly more severe, as when repetitive behaviors and severe social anxiety interfere with everyday life. It is important to consult a health care professional to understand your options before seeking therapeutic compounds such as CBD oil.