Since the legalization of marijuana in many states across the country, researchers have turned their attention to the potential medical benefits of THC and CBD, the two most prevalent active ingredients in cannabis.
Derived from the hemp plant, CBD is a non-habit-forming ingredient that appears to have many legitimate medical benefits. It doesn’t produce the high that is typically associated with marijuana use; THC is responsible for that.
Reported health benefits of CBD include fewer instances of anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, and chronic pain. CBD also helps to reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy.
In relation to autism, multiple studies have achieved promising results for the application of CBD in the treatment of autism symptoms. CBD cannot cure autism — there is no cure for the disorder — but it can significantly impact some of the most troublesome symptoms of ASD, such as hyperactivity, aggression, and behavioral problems.