Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Many people with ASD also have an accompanying intellectual disability, sensory processing disorder, or a mental health condition.

It’s called a “spectrum” because there exists such a variety of symptoms and severities. Likewise, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for autism spectrum disorder; however, finding treatment options early on can make a significant difference in symptom mitigation and the patient’s overall quality of life.

How Does Autism Spectrum Disorder Disrupt Your Life?

ASD creates challenges at home, school, work, and in social situations. Many people living with ASD have difficulty communicating with others and forming relationships.

Here are some examples of how autism spectrum disorder can disrupt a person’s life:

  1. Difficulty Communicating with Others

    People with ASD may have trouble understanding and using spoken language. They may also have trouble reading body language, facial expressions, or other social cues.

  2. Challenges Forming Relationships

    Those suffering from ASD may find it difficult to form and maintain relationships. They may not be interested in others, or they may avoid eye contact. Some people with ASD may want to be alone and may not enjoy social activities. Others may seek out social interaction but have difficulty knowing how to behave in those social situations.

  3. Withdrawal or Isolation

    ASD may cause someone to become withdrawn and isolate themselves from others. They may not want to be around people, or they may not participate in activities that they once enjoyed.

  4. Acting Out in Disruptive or Harmful Ways

    People with ASD may act out in ways that are disruptive or harmful to themselves or others. This can include aggression, self-injury, or property damage. Harmful symptoms like these may require hospitalization or other intensive treatment.

  5. Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Conditions

    ASD can also cause anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. These secondary conditions can be just as disruptive as the autism symptoms themselves.

Fortunately, there are many emerging autism spectrum disorder treatments that can help lessen these effects and improve quality of life. In Texas, medical cannabis is one such treatment.

How Medical Cannabis Helps With Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder is a highly individualized condition that requires customized treatment. However, medical cannabis has shown promise as a treatment option for some of the symptoms of autism such as anxiety, aggression, and self-injurious behavior.

Cannabis is thought to work for autism by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of receptors and chemicals that regulates many functions in the body, including mood, memory, appetite, and pain.

Some studies have suggested that dysfunctions in the ECS contribute to the behavioral symptoms of autism and that medical cannabis may provide benefits in treatment.

Instantly Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Texas

If you or a loved one suffers from autism spectrum disorder, medical cannabis may be a treatment option worth considering. The Texas Compassionate Use Program has listed ASD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, meaning the use of cannabis as an autism treatment is legal when prescribed under a doctor’s care.

To get started, simply schedule an appointment with one of our Texas 420 Doctors board-certified physicians. The evaluation can be done from the comfort of your own home.

If we determine that you or your dependent qualifies, we will issue a letter of approval so you can purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary in as little as 24 hours. We will stay in contact, and we will schedule follow-up appointments throughout the year to monitor your treatment and make adjustments as needed.

We recognized the challenges of living with autism, and we know that seeking treatment is often a complex process. If you have questions about medical marijuana as a treatment option for autism, contact us anytime. Our knowledgeable, compassionate staff and expert physicians are happy to help.

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