As autism becomes a more common occurrence in North America, the government has released data suggesting that every 1 in 45 American children will be diagnosed with autism. Autism is not a disorder in itself, rather it’s a collection of disorders that can make it difficult for both children and adult patients to communicate, have social interactions, or have their brains fully developed. It’s common for patients with autism to suffer from symptoms such as repetitively injuring themselves and showing signs of OCD related behavior. Depending on where a child (or adult) falls on the autism spectrum can determine just how difficult it is to live with such a diagnosis. 

While great debate surrounds autism and where it originates, there are still little findings of where the condition stems from. This is partly due to the fact that autism is one of the most under-funded research departments with few clinical studies looking into various treatment options. One natural treatment that doesn’t receive the scientific attention it deserves is medicinal cannabis. Due to the active compounds found in cannabis (which have only recently been studied), researchers hold moral fears against testing the substance on children. While there may not be clinical data, there is a high volume of anecdotal evidence that may suggest that cannabis holds the capability to allow diagnosed children to live happy and healthy lives. 

The therapeutic properties of cannabis have been documented to show a dramatic effect on patients, allowing children to suddenly go from being unresponsive to maintaining conversation and eye contact within hours. It’s also important to emphasize that the strain of THC oil most commonly used to treat children is autism is free from the property that would make them “high”, preserving only its medicinal and therapeutic properties.