In 2013, long before most Americans had heard of the now-popular cannabis compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta wrote an op-ed called “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed.” The piece was released with a documentary called WEED, which focused on a young girl in Colorado named Charlotte Figi. Her seizures from epilepsy were reduced when she consumed a high-CBD cannabis oil produced from a type of cannabis that was later named after her, Charlotte’s Web.
The idea that cannabis is a medicine—there’s now not only data behind it but an FDA-approved drug behind it—it’s still very much true. And that sometimes it can work when nothing else has, that’s very much true. But how this has unfolded over the last couple of years has caused a lot of confusion.
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There are also some reports where CBD is either not so effective or becomes less effective for some reason. In some of these patients it is probably prudent to add some THC to their daily dosing as it has been reported to help. I would always VERY slowly increase the daily THC by 1 mg every two days.
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The average daily dose I have seen work very effectively for most kids is around 12-15 mg of whole plant CBD per 24 hours in divided doses. I have seen some exceptional responses even at doses of 6 mg whole plant CBD per day.
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Fourteen states allow medical cannabis for severe autism, Dr. Gupta noted. Sometimes cannabis works for chronic, intractable, autism symptoms like self-injury.
A dozen new studies looked at cannabis’ benefits for autism, making 2021 a great year of progress.
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2021 saw some big advances in both research and visibility for this alternative treatment—from a CNN special on Sunday, to a clinicians’ conference in November that relayed reems of new research.
But Goldstein and others shared that their autistic patients using THC are doing well. “Most of us do not see any significant side effects.”
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