Cannabis ‘effective treatment for autism in kids’

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BEER-SHEVA, Israel — Medical cannabis is an effective, well-tolerated, and most importantly, a safe treatment for autism in children, helping to reduce a range of symptoms in those with the condition, a new study finds.

Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Soroka University Medical Center say cannabis oil helped to improve seizures, tics, depression, rage attacks, and restlessness in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

According to lead researcher Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, of the BGU-Soroka Clinical Cannabis Research Institute, more than 80% of the parents involved in the study reported “significant or moderate improvement” in their child.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that can impact almost all areas of child development, particularly concentration and social behavior. There are many manifestations, depending on …

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