Updated: Oct 15, 2018
For some time now, I have been asked 'does CBD help with...'? I have been studying CBD and the Cannabis plant for many years, yet every day another breakthrough revelation from medical research comes forward to astound me further.
I have read over the years many research papers using both THC and CBD, separately, and combined using varying percentages of both matters. I have read research papers covering many ailments from breast cancer, arthritis, anxiety, Parkinson's, PTSD, but one that caught my eye more recently is the study on Autism. We at Reverse Nature have been working extremely closely with our partners based in Israel, who are now classed as world leaders in cannabis research to get a clearer understanding of behavior patterns with CBD and Autism. We wanted to get a better understanding of the research on children with autism, so we can engineer our products to start targeting specific ailments, and autism has always been extremely high on our agenda.
The clinical study began in January 2017 in Jerusalem at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. There were 120 participants, including children and young adults, diagnosed with various degrees of ASD ranging from mild to severe.
How does it work?
According to Dr Aran, “there are theories” for why medical cannabis can alleviate symptoms of autism, “but we don’t know exactly how. There are theories and models, but we don’t know. It can’t be explained.”
This is worrisome given that cannabis is being given to children with little knowledge of why or how it may help. Of course, “We are worried about children because of the long-term impact. However, it is considered mostly safe, and we have already tested it with epilepsy.” Other studies, like the one published in Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy 2016, conducted in Israel, successfully demonstrated that cannabis reduced the number of seizures of children with epilepsy. Nonetheless, Aran admits that “There are always worries that something will happen that we don’t know about.”
It is critical to note that the participants are receiving cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound, as opposed to the more commonly known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which creates the “high” feeling. Therefore, the benefits they seem to gain from the treatment “help the children cooperate more,” reduce behavioral problems, and “improve their functioning.” Israel: the forefront of cannabis research Israel is one of the first modern nations to investigate the medical benefits of marijuana. The local founding father of cannabis research, Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University, has been studying the plant since the 1960s. He discovered THC in 1964. Over the subsequent decades, other researchers around the world have joined him to explore cannabis’ potential medical applications. In particular, Israel’s government sponsors a medical cannabis program and limits restrictions on such research unlike in the US.
Some recent Israeli studies show that marijuana can heal bone fractures, relieve the pain associated with Parkinson’s disease, prevent brain damage, and even halt the spread of cancer. Asked why Israel is such a medical cannabis research powerhouse, Aran concurred saying, “I’m sure that the government has a lot to do with it…They expedite things, not taking too long” with few legal restrictions and low cost.
While the study offers much hope for the children and families affected by ASD, Aran warns that “It won’t cure the symptoms, that’s for sure. It will never cure autism. However, it certainly can help the quality of life of the families.” That alone is quite a high goal to reach. With that said, although a cure for autism is very bleak, improving the quality of life for the family with a child with autism through behavioral control using CBD is hugely encouraging.
It was only last week we released our first paper on autism and CBD, we were contacted by a mother who had come to her wit's end to try and calm her son with autism, and this was becoming far more challenging. Although Reverse Nature is sold as a food supplement, we will continue with our research to be target specific with each product we have, and it was on the basis this lady was willing to try anything to help her son, and her family. We are now awaiting news with how her son responds to Reverse Nature, and I will keep you all posted on our future blog posts.