Scope of Asperger’s in the United States

Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a common disorder that appears on the autism spectrum, with recent estimates showing that 75% of people of those on the autism spectrum demonstrate Asperger’s specifically. The rate of diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome in newborn babies is 1 in 68.

The prevalence of AS is increasing with more diagnosis as more people understand the aspects of Asperger Syndrome (AS) and how disorders on the autism spectrum present themselves.

Understanding Asperger’s and Its Treatments

Asperger Syndrome is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication. People with AS often display repetitive or restrictive behaviors and have very focused interests. It’s not uncommon for people with AS to display “strange” language and behavior patterns including social awkwardness, loud vocalizations and outbursts, extremes in emotional attachment, anger management issues and a tendency to become over-focused or even obsessive about things.

People with AS often feel isolated from society, however, many of them possess significant cognitive capabilities and offer impressive creative talents.

Treatment for AS is similar to that of people on the autism spectrum, and will involve prescribing strong antipsychotic drugs that have strong side effects including sleepiness, tremors, focus issues, depression and weight gain. Many are left with much to be desired in terms of how their medications make them feel. Many recognize that the medications can squash the often-positive aspects of AS like the creativity.

Medical Marijuana and Asperger’s Syndrome

Most of the enthusiasm around medical marijuana and disorders that appear on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s is the existing studies that support cannabis’ role in reducing hyperactivity, lethargy, irritability, and compulsions towards inappropriate speech. It’s hoped that more research will confirm that cannabis can help improve the brain’s ability to send clear signals via the endocannabinoid system.

Admittedly, the United States is very behind in their work in examining the link between cannabis and disorders on the autism spectrum, and thus, it’s important to look to the work of Dr. Adi Aran in Israel, who is closely examining the link between medical marijuana and autism.

For those with Asperger’s Syndrome, cannabis can often be what unlocks the creative and talented aspects of the mind, and thus, cannabis is viewed as what can bring out the positive aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome.

The hope within medical cannabis for Asperger’s is that it can be balanced so to increase the effectiveness of the signals in the brain. Medical marijuana also helps decrease restlessness and promote restfulness, allowing those with Asperger’s to gain sufficient rest for their body and mind. In addition, CBD rich strains of cannabis can help relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin in the brain.

It’s always cautioned with the use of cannabis for those with Asperger Syndrome to look at doses and CBD to THC levels. With tendencies towards impulsivity, the psychoactive effects of THC could counterproductive. Most who explore cannabis for AS recommend CBD rich strains with lower levels of THC.

Exploring Autism and Medical Cannabis with MyCannX

MyCannX is a dedicated connector between families and physicians who are willing to explore cannabis therapy for Asperger Syndrome and those on the autism spectrum. We need more anecdotal stories on how cannabis is affecting those with AS so to be able to understand its potential for those living with the disorder through clinical research. Medical cannabis in a balanced approach can help those with Asperger Syndrome unlock the potentials in their brain.

We strive help people with getting their cannabis cards, so to be able to examine how cannabis can bring a new perspective on life for those with AS.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3851204/

https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/aspergers-and-marijuana-treat-aspergers-with-cannabis