Record Breaking DonationThis week, the University of California announced that they have received the largest private donation ever made for medical cannabis research in the United States.
The $4.7 million donation to investigate CBD as a treatment for the symptoms of Autism was made by the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation in partnership with the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation. And it comes as a major boost for the medical cannabis industry.
The record-breaking contribution will be directed towards the UCSD’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) with a forthcoming pioneering study to investigate whether medicinal cannabinoid therapies can alleviate symptoms in children with severe autism - and if so, how.
The study is to encompass clinical, basic science, advanced mathematics and genetic techniques, offering a comprehensive and systematic exploration of CBD as a treatment for Autism.
Igor Grant, director and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, stated: “It is becoming more apparent that CBD has a number of effects on the central nervous system that may be relevant to autism and there are anecdotal reports suggesting CBD treatments may improve functioning in an ASD child.”
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Powerful TestimonyWith so little research previously conducted into the benefits of CBD as a treatment for Autism, this huge donation will be welcomed by proponents of CBD, but more importantly by the patients with the condition and their carers.
While there is only one ongoing scientific study into the benefits of CBD for Autism, there is, in fact, a litany of personal testimony and anecdotal evidence that suggests CBD could be an effective treatment for the symptoms of Autism.
More and more people are now coming together to share their remarkable experiences with CBD. One such group is the Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA), who have been at the forefront of recent efforts to demand research into the benefits of CBD for Autism.
Their movement has brought so many parents together to share their experiences of CBD as a treatment for their children’s Autism and, thanks to the power of social media, is providing an increasingly louder voice to those who believe CBD must be given the appropriate scientific investigations.