Medical cannabis improves quality of life in autistic adults – UK study

By Sarah Sinclair

The treatment improved quality of life and reduced behavioural psychological symptoms in patients.

A new UK study shows that medical cannabis could improve quality of life in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

A paper, published this week using data from the UK, shows the treatment improved quality of life and reduced behavioural and psychological symptoms in autistic patients. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological development disorder which affects an estimated 700,000 people in the UK. Those with ASD commonly face challenges as a result of additional symptoms associated with the diagnosis, including severe anxiety and insomnia. 

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