Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Many people, and perhaps the occasional study, claim that cannabis can help relieve gastrointestinal symptoms. If you are one of those people who enjoys a position on the autism spectrum and also suffers from a bit of tummy trouble, you may find cannabis works for both.

Or on the more serious side, it could even save your life like it saved Joey Hester Perez’s life 🙂

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Susan L. Hyman, M.D.

Professor – Department of Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Some families come into my office and tell me that they observe that their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experiences behavioral change with constipation.**  Many families report selective eating and express concern how a limited variety of foods their child is willing to eat might affect their health. Other families don’t associate variability in their child’s behavior with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms until asked about other signs of discomfort. In this blog I will discuss some of the commonly asked questions I hear from families about these and other potential associations between GI symptoms and ASD.

How often do children with ASD have constipation or other gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms?

The rate of GI symptoms reported by families for their children with ASD is 20-70% depending on the…

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About cannabisforautism

An Ashtanga Yoga teacher, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of those involved in mental health issues, substance use or homelessness. I am also striving to put an end to the perception of the substance user as someone who makes incorrect choices. Striving for a world where there are no 'drug abusers' or 'addicts', just substance users with health concerns and sometimes financial and legal confounds. It is possible to use many substances and still remain happier and healthier than your peers. The notion that a substance user must become unhealthier as time goes by is false. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. It's about autism treatments and a few other odds and ends. Thank you and take care, Jules
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