New Research Seeks To Understand If CBD Really Has Significant Benefits For Autistic People New Research Seeks To Understand If CBD Really Has Significant Benefits For Autistic People

Researchers from UCSD received a grant to look into claims that CBD oil can improve the quality of life for autistic individuals

Medical marijuana has been a godsend for many people suffering from conditions ranging from cancer to chronic pain. But something that is only starting to gain attention is one of the primary active ingredients in marijuana, called cannabidiol or CBD. Often found in an oil, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get users high. But a growing number of individuals claim that CBD was an essential portion of improving their lives. But these benefits are poorly understood due to the relative lack of funding for marijuana-based research.

As a result, when a large chunk of money is given to researchers to look into the effects of something like CBD, it’s well worth celebrating. That’s precisely what happened recently when researchers with the University of California at San Diego received a $4.7 million grant to investigate any possible connections between CBD and autism. If they ultimately discover substantial evidence showing legitimate benefits, it could be a catalyst for more funding across the country for this potential medicine.

The Grant

Scientists who want to study the potential benefits of marijuana have always had a hard time securing funding. But with the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, this has become easier over the last ten years. But nevertheless, it’s a woefully under-researched topic. The Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation seems to agree, as they chose researchers from UCSD’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research for their $4.7 million grant. The Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation is a non-profit that aims to provide all types of quality of life services to those with autism. According to their mission statement, they place extra emphasis on those with the most significant daily challenges.

UC San Diego was very pleased to learn they’d received the largest ever private donation for marijuana-related research. Dr. David Brenner, the Vice Chancellor of UCSD Health Sciences, said of the news, “UC San Diego is pleased to partner with the Noorda and Wholistic foundations to advance understanding of when and how medicinal cannabis works, and to use this information to transform the lives of the many people for whom medicinal cannabis may make a meaningful difference in their quality of life.” It’s been claimed that CBD can improve several different conditions ranging from simple pain and anxiety to seizures and even cancer. It’s great to see money being spent to begin uncovering the extent of the benefits offered by CBD oil.

What is CBD?

Some may still be unsure precisely what CBD oil even is. As mentioned before, it’s one of the primary active ingredients in cannabis. Unlike THC though, CBD is totally non-psychoactive which means that it doesn’t cause people to feel high. It can be found in many different forms, but one of the most popular is vaping. While the research is still relatively scarce, there has been a few peer-reviewed studies that shed light on the topic.

One such study was published last year and surveyed over 2,400 people who use CBD regularly. Probably the most interesting observation was that nearly half (42%) of those surveyed claimed they’d entirely stopped another medication, such as a painkiller, thanks to starting on CBD. What’s more, 80% said that adding CBD to their lives had been either “very effective” or “extremely effective” in making their symptoms less severe.


It’s important that we fully understand the risks and benefits of different activities we subject ourselves too. The only we’ve been able to make it this far as a society is through peer-reviewed research. With that being the case, it’s very important we support more inquiry looking into the effects of CBD. The Ray and Noorda Foundation have done their part in trying to understand if Cannabidiol could have life-changing effects for those with autism. It’s about time that we finally begin to treat medical marijuana and everything that goes along with it as a legitimate research topic, worthy of as much funding as any other potentially viable treatment to so many problems.

Have you ever tried CBD, if so what kind of changes did you notice? Did anyone you know improve their quality of life through the use of CBD? Do you think it’s crucial that more foundations and governments spend money on funding for medical marijuana-related topics? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.


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Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.