CBD oil is often promoted as a miracle cure, with suggested benefits ranging from improved mood and appetite to better mobility. Can it be used in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in pediatric patients. A new clinical trial run by the University of California-San Diego is seeking the definitive answer, and is calling for volunteers.
What is CBD and Does it Help Treat Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
CBD is short for cannabidiol – the non-psychoactive ingredient found in industrial hemp plants grown in the United States. It comes in all sorts of forms: CBD pills, tinctures, edibles, and more. The compound was first discovered in the 1930s by British scientists, leading to additional research in the 1950’s and 1960’s. According to the British Journal of Pharmacology, it was not studied as a beneficial compound until the 1980s, when scientists discovered reactions between the human endocannabinoid system and CBD.
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