For both children and adults, suffering from autism can be a lifelong struggle. People with this developmental disorder has difficulty interacting and communicating with others. They also behave differently from ordinary people. While a few of them possess tremendous gifts, typical autistics are having a hard time reaching out to others.
What is Autism?
Autism, technically called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s communication and behavior. People with this condition usually have difficulty expressing interacting with those around them. Some of them may also experience repetitive behaviors and a narrow range of interests. With these symptoms, autistics can have difficulty functioning in school, at home or work.
While this disorder is commonly associated with children, symptoms of this disease can continue until adulthood. Many adults were not able to get diagnosed with this condition during their childhood. In adults, here are some symptoms of autism:
You have problems in communicating such as:
- Having trouble reading social cues
- Difficulty participating in conversation
- Having a hard time relating to the thoughts or feelings of others
- Have problems reading body language and facial expressions well
- Trouble understanding figures of speech
- Having a hard time looking at someone’s eyes when talking to them
- Have problems building and keeping close friendships.
You may also have emotional and behavioral difficulties like:
- Difficulty controlling your emotions and your responses to them
- Experience changes in routines and expectations that lead to outbursts or meltdowns
- Responding with an emotional meltdown when something unexpected takes place
- Get upset easily when your things are rearranged
- Have inflexible routines, schedules, and daily patterns that you should maintain no matter what
Some adults with highly-functional autism can have other symptoms like:
- Deep understanding and knowledge about a few specific areas of interest like a book series, film, hobby, or field of study
- Showing mastery in one or two challenging academic subjects, but have severe difficulty in learning others
- Experience hypersensitivity to pain, smell, sound, or touch
- Have issues with physical coordination
- Preference to work and play by yourself
With these unique traits, others may regard you either as an eccentric or a nerd.
Autism is also closely related to epilepsy, another brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures. It affects a third to a fifth of people who have autism. Researchers believe that some of the changes in the brain linked to autism also attributed to seizures. These deviations in brain development have been tagged to cause changes in the activity of the nerve cells or neurons. Some disturbances in the activity of neurons can lead to seizures.
Hemp Oil Benefits for Autism
Currently, doctors treat autism in many ways. One of the treatment methods that show impressive results is the use of cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil.
Researchers found that CBD oil has a wide range of properties for the treatment of many diseases. It prevents convulsion, protects the brain from inflammation and damages to neurons. These are properties that promote the improvement of the functions of the brain including the development in communication and behaviors of adults and even children.
With the passage of 2018 Farm Bill, Americans can now have better access to CBD hemp oil, even to children (with prescription, of course). The law removes hemp dangerous plants like marijuana. The truth is hemp, together with marijuana, belongs to the cannabis genus. Both plants can produce cannabidiol (CBD), a potent substance that can provide tons of health benefits, including chronic pain relief, anxiety, and epilepsy. But since CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not change your mood and mental state when you consume it, many doctors prescribe it to their patients.
While research on hemp oil benefits for autism is just in its infancy, many doctors and patients have experienced positive effects for children and adults. Consult with your doctor to know more about its positive impact on autism.