A recent study has demonstrated that cannabidiol lowered serious behavioral issues of kids and adolescents who have intellectual disability, also known as mental retardation. This revelation and more findings from the study are featured in the peer-reviewed ‘British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology’. The study led by Australia’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute reports a considerable difference in the aggression, yelling, irritability, and self-injury of the participants. Almost every one of them tolerated the measure taken to make their condition better, which is medically referred to as an ‘intervention’.
The randomized control trial involved some people aged between 8 and 16 years, and a placebo or cannabidiol was administered to them over 2 months. It was not a big enough pilot study to claim anything conclusive now, but the researchers state that the preliminary findings support a bigger follow-up test. They are looking to do one of the bigger CBD clinical trials of recent times, to conclusively check the findings.
The study leader, MCRI’s senior research fellow Daryl Efron stated that it is the first CBD investigation to deal with severe behavioral issues in those people. Almost all of them have autism, in addition to mental retardation.
No severe side effects reportedly emerged from the study. Given how complicated it is to deal with behavioral issues in them, fresh and safer medical interventions are required to treat the very vulnerable patients, stated Daryl Efron.
“Current medications carry a high risk of side-effects, with vulnerable people with intellectual disability being less able to report side-effects,” Efron stated. “Common side-effects of antipsychotics, such as weight gain and metabolic syndrome, have huge health effects for a patient group already at increased risk of chronic illness.”
Besides, the researchers are looking for funds to spend on future studies, about the efficacy of medical marijuana and cannabidiol in kids who have Tourette syndrome (TS) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For your information, these are two of the more common forms of developmental disorders.
Many studies have already been done to understand just how CBD affects an autistic, meaning a person diagnosed with ASD. However, as with any other substance, it is quite natural for researchers to feel that there is a need for further studies on cannabidiol. After all, doing so is the best possible way to make any definitive or conclusive statement regarding its effectiveness.