CBD for Autism

Posted by Jacqueline Havelka, edited by Timothy Braun on 5th Jan 2022

By: Jacqueline Havelka

In a recently published study in the journal Neurology, researchers treated autistic children with CBD.

Conditions in 80% of the children improved. Alternatively, the children had not shown improvement with conventional drug therapies.

The study was led by the director of pediatric neurology at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital, Dr. Adi Aran, who treated the 60 children with a high-CBD cannabis oil (20% CBD and 1% THC). The children were treated for at least seven months with the oil. After the treatment period, parents answered assessment questionnaires to characterize their child’s condition. Questions were asked about behavioral changes, anxiety levels and ability to communicate. Here’s what they reported:

  • 80% of parents noted a decrease in problematic behaviors, with 62% reporting significant improvements.
  • Half of the children had improved communication.
  • 40% reported significant decreases in anxiety. (Note: one-third of the study participants began the study with no anxiety.)