Many parents come to my office seeking help for their children suffering with autism. The three main symptoms that are challenging for these families are communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, and social challenges, including tantrums and self-injurious behavior. Although the FDA has approved two medications, both antipsychotics, for treating the irritability associated with autism, they have very significant side effects, may not be effective and thus leave these families without a solution.
Preliminary evidence links genetic mutations with autism and a deficit in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates emotional responses, including anxiety, behavioral reactivity to context, social interaction, and the function of the immune system, all of which are aspects of autism. Right now it is unclear, based on current understanding