New Clinical Trial Suggests Marijuana Helps Autistic Children

A new study found that marijuana extracts reduced disruptive behavior and improved social responsiveness in children with autism.

Medical Marijuana / Image: Shutterstock
Medical Marijuana / Image: Shutterstock

A recent UPI article discussed yet another application for medical marijuana. This time, it’s helping kids with autism overcome behavioral and social obstacles. A doctor of pediatric neurology at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center conducted a study that treated 150 autistic children with cannabis over a period of sixteen weeks. Children who took a cannabis extract improved 49% and 53% on two scales used to measure symptoms of autism and disruptive behavior, compared with 21% and 44$ for children in the placebo group. The team behind the study is planning a second clinical trial that will include more children from different countries.

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