It is much easier to develop specialized medication when the cause of a disorder is known. Unfortunately, researchers are still not completely sure what causes Autism. For this reason, using CBD for Autism may be the best option to alleviate symptoms at the current time.
What is Autism?
Autism is diagnosed using comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and developmental screening.
A medical professional will look for certain characteristics in a child. These characteristics may include one or more of the following: communication problems, abnormal social behavior, repeated actions or movements, under or overreaction to 1 or more of the 5 senses, unusual interest in objects, or intense and prolonged emotional reactions.
There are several factors that contribute to the development of this disorder, including genetic mutations, environmental factors, or a combination of both. Environmental factors can include subjection to pesticides, exposure to drugs or alcohol while still in the womb, or even parental age. Symptoms usually reveal themselves within the first two years of a child’s life.
Autism is considered a spectrum, due to this wide range of contributing factors, as well as the severity of symptoms, which can range from mild to extreme.
Is There a Way to Treat It?
There are many different forms of therapy and training being used to alleviate the symptoms associated with Autism. These can include one or more of the following: auditory training, discrete trial training, vitamin therapy, facilitated communication, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or sensory integration.
There are several medications that can treat symptoms of Autism. Two of the most popular are atypical antipsychotics: Risperdal and Abilify. These medications are used to treat Autism-related irritability.
Common side effects of these medications can include:
- Stomach pain
- Increased appetite
- Generalized pain
- Increased saliva production
More serious side effects might include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing and/or swallowing
- Chest pain
- Vision changes
- High fever
- Uncontrollable body movements
- Sweating, rash, hives, or itches
- Muscle rigidity
- Swelling of the face, eyes, mouth, lips, throat, tongue, feet, hands, ankles, or legs
- Suicidal thoughts
- New or worsening depression
- Panic attacks
- Aggressive behavior
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
CBD for Autism
There is only one human clinical trial currently underway in Jerusalem. This trial will conclude in July of this year.
One study examined social interaction in lab mice. Researchers would place more “social mice” in a chamber with mice that exhibited signs of social anxiety (aka run and hide.) When these antisocial mice took CBD, they were much more prone to interacting with the other mice. This has led scientists to believe it could possibly help autistic children become more social.
Although scientific research is still ongoing, there has been mounting anecdotal evidence from parents of autistic children, that CBD has eased many of their children’s symptoms.
While anecdotal evidence doesn’t do much for scientific research, it is certainly encouraging that CBD may be able to effectively treat many of the symptoms associated with Autism. Better yet, CBD has no known side effects, unlike commonly prescribed medications.
PCOS is an acronym that stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This disorder affects approximately 1 in 15 women. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this illness which is why many women are utilizing cannabis for treating PCOS, instead.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a reproductive disorder that not only causes physical discomfort, but emotional pain like anxiety & depression, as well. This disorder causes metabolic issues (weight gain/loss,) fluctuation in hormone levels, and fertility problems. Symptoms of PCOS can also include hair loss, male-pattern hair growth, and acne.
How is it Commonly Treated?
There is no focused treatment for PCOS at the current time. Physicians will commonly treat specific symptoms of PCOS like infertility, acne, or obesity. Often times, a patient will be told to live a healthier lifestyle (diet and exercise.) If symptoms persist, medications will usually be prescribed.
One of the most common treatments is the use of combination birth control pills (containing Estrogen & Progestin). These are used to regulate hormone levels and reduce excess hair growth and acne.
Potential Side Effects
Combination birth control pills can produce a wide variety of negative side effects, including one or more of the following:
- Bleeding or spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Elevated blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Breast lumps
- Chest pain
- Difficulty speaking
- Blurred or double vision
- Loss of vision
- New or worsening headaches
- Severe allergic skin rash
- Leg pain or swelling
- Severe mood swings
- Two missed periods or signs of pregnancy
- Increased risk of blood clots in the legs
- Higher risk of heart attack or stroke (especially if you smoke)
- Liver disorder
- Gallbladder disease
With so many side effects, some of which are quite severe, it’s no surprise that PCOS patients are searching for other methods of relief.
Cannabis for Treating PCOS
Women who have used marijuana to treat their symptoms associated with PCOS have found great relief. Marijuana is less toxic (thus less dangerous) than other medications. It is also non habit-forming, meaning that you will not experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it.
Medical marijuana reduces stress, pain, and depression. It also improves appetite, treats insomnia, controls mood swings, and even eases cramps.
Common side effects of marijuana (THC) include dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired motor function, and although rare, paranoia.
Many people (including doctors) have accepted the fact that marijuana is capable of treating a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. Unfortunately, there are still some disorders that are overlooked, even with the mounting evidence that marijuana can help. In this article, we’re going to look at the viability of using cannabis for depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is an intricate mood disorder that can negatively impact every aspect of life. It can interfere with completion of the most basic tasks. Depression can make it difficult to sleep, eat, work, or even maintain a love or social life. Severity of depression can differ from person to person, ranging from mild to extreme.
There are many things that can cause a person to be depressed, the most common cases being a traumatic life event, death of a loved one, abuse or illness.
The World Health Organization says that approximately 350 million people suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability in the world.
Common Symptoms of Depression
Depending on the severity and cause of depression, each and every person will exhibit different symptoms, which may include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Excessive Hunger
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Interest in Activities
- Mood Swings
- Excessive Crying
- Trouble Sleeping
- Excessive Drowsiness
- Social Isolation
- Lack of Concentration
- Racing thoughts
- Suicidal Thoughts
How is it Commonly Treated?
Most health care professionals will recommend eating a healthy diet, trying to get plenty of exercise, seeking cognitive therapy, and taking a prescribed medication.
Again, depending on the severity and cause for depression, medical professionals may prescribe one of several different medications including SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, Dopamine Reuptake Blockers, MAOIs, and more.
Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Medications
While many of these medications can improve symptoms, they also come with some pretty nasty side effects, which may include:
- Increased Appetite and Weight Gain
- Decreased Libido
- Dry Mouth
- Blurred Vision
- Suicidal Thoughts
Why Choose Marijuana Instead?
Depending on the strain, marijuana will enhance your mood and provide you with more energy and focus (CBD.) It will also combat loss of appetite by inducing hunger and ward off insomnia by inducing sleep! (THC)
Aside from common mild side effects like dry mouth and drowsiness, using cannabis for depression instead of prescription medication seems to be much safer. It also appears to take effect much more quickly. Better yet, many people that suffer from depression claim that it has helped their symptoms more than prescription medications ever did.
It’s important to note, that while rare, THC can cause increased paranoia in some people. The only way to know how it will affect you is to give it a shot. Chances are high that it will effectively treat your symptoms.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, there is ALWAYS another way. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you suffer from mood disorders, like anxiety or depression, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online with one of our licensed physicians, today! Don’t live in pain another second. We’re here to help.
We know that the marijuana plant has all kinds of medicinal benefits to offer us, but how much do we know about the flower itself? In this article, we’re breaking down the cannabis plant, piece by piece, to familiarize ourselves with the terms! While it’s not necessarily important for the average user to know these terms, it sure is interesting!
Breaking Down the Cannabis Plant
Cannabis plants can be male, female, or even hermaphrodite, but the flower we use is always female. The male plants exist simply to fertilize the female plants. Hermaphrodite plants can technically do both, but they’re not nearly as helpful or easy to work with, for that matter. I think it’s safe to say that just about any adult can recognize the marijuana flower. Cannabis grows on long, skinny stems, with those iconic flowers extending out from the nodes.
The Cola refers to the cluster of tightly grown buds. Smaller Cola can be found along the lower branches, however the main Cola will be found at the very top of the plant.
Pistil and Stigma
The reproductive parts of the plant reside in what we call the Pistil. Stigma are the vibrant, hair-like strands of the Pistil. As the flower matures, the stigmas change color, going from white to yellow, orange, red and eventually brown. While the Stigma plays an important role in the reproductive process, they don’t affect the potency or taste of the bud.
Bract and Calyx
The layer surrounding the female reproductive parts is called the Bract. Perhaps the most important part, these green, tear-shaped leaves are heavily covered in resin glands. These glands contain the highest percentage of cannabinoids out of all of the different plant parts. Cannabinoids, of course, are the crucial therapeutic elements of the plant, including THC and CBD.
Inside of the Bract is the Calyx, which is the translucent layer that covers the ovule at the base of the flower.
Although they are extremely tiny, you will notice a layer of crystals on the cannabis bud. This crystal resin (referred to as Kief, when dry,) is secreted through transparent, mushroom-shaped glands. These glands are found on the leaves, stems, and Calyxes. Trichomes are clear, bulbous globes that primarily exist to protect the plant. With that being said, they also are responsible for secreting an extremely important element, called Terpenes. These are the aromatic oils that play a massive role in not only smell, but medicinal effect, as well. Along with Bract, Trichomes also contain a significant amount of cannabinoids.
This all-natural healing plant is just incredible, isn’t it? While it’s not entirely crucial for you to know these terms, it can help you better understand the lingo when you’re at the dispensary!