Record Breaking Donation
This 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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With 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.
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There are at least 3 million people in the US currently diagnosed with Autism and while many are of the opinion that CBD could be effective in improving their quality of life, CBD remains as an unrecognised treatment for Autism.
Until now, both the treatments and understanding of Autism have been fairly limited, but with so much anecdotal evidence now suggesting that CBD could be an effective way to treat some of the underlying causes of autism, it is surely unquestionable that CBD deserves the appropriate scientific considerations in the quest to treat this cruel disorder.
While the anecdotal evidence is impressive, it is not going to be sufficient to win over political or medical mindsets, but it has certainly helped to build a conversation on the issue. As such, donations like the one in California this week are welcomed.
With these testimonies and the increase in donations to fund research into the benefits of CBD, it is apparent that there is a shift in the mindset of the American public: Cannabis is no longer considered to be the “evil weed” it once was. A variety of people, both young and old, are awakening their minds to the possibilities of medicinal cannabis and CBD as a source of relief for a wide variety of conditions and disorders.
More research is of course necessary and thanks to the generous donation of the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation (in partnership with the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation), the UCSD will have the opportunity to further expand on their already growing body of research on medical cannabis.
If the University's subsequent findings turn out to be positive, it is expected that further research and consideration will be applied to CBD and its far-reaching potential. As a consequence, we expect that the research of CBD and the understanding of what it can offer us will be revealed in the months and years ahead.