A new clinical trial will attempt to determine how certain chemical compounds in marijuana might help children with autism. The compound in question is cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD.
Cannabis is largely made up of two chemicals: tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, and CBD. When consumed, THC is thought to be responsible for the euphoric high associated with marijuana use, while CBD provides a calming sensation.
Some studies have found that CBD may be useful in lowering anxiety and helping children with epilepsy.
Now, the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) at the UC San Diego School of Medicine aims to determine if marijuana could be useful in curbing challenging behaviors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
For example, there are oppositional behaviors that can turn a common request, like washing the dishes, into a screaming match.