We've got my son on the CBD oil.....why? Well to be honest I'm not sure. I think I'm just riding through a bit of a trial to set his father's (my ex husband's) mind at rest, he's been wanting to give it a try for a while so he decided to start it last weekend.
For those who are not sure CBD or cannabidiol oil is derived from the hemp or cannabis plant and basically it has the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) taken out. THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel "high". This leaves the 'good stuff' behind and it is believed that the oil left behind can alleviate many ailments such as skin problems, anxiety, depression and can help with some cancers and be affective with regard to pain relief.
Now as far as Autism is concerned I am understanding that this is not by any means to be seen as a cure as we know there is no cure for Autism but it is believed that maybe the oil can help with behaviours that may stem from Autism such as anxiety, seizures and certain mental health issues. So in theory it's a bigger picture than just Autism itself. I suffer panic attacks sometimes and am even wondering whether it may help with them.
The thing is it is a natural plant supplement, in most cases it doesn't hurt to try these things although I would advise to do your research and seek as much advice as possible before you do. We certainly did and our son is happy to take it. So far we don't see any difference but then maybe it needs more time or a higher dosage. One drawback is that it is very expensive so are all these suppliers such as Holland & Barrett, where in fact we got ours from.....are they onto a money making winner?
You find that don't you? When something gains popularity, everyone jumps on the bandwagon and companies make loads of cash out of it. I don't doubt that CBD is very good for a great many ailments but I'm a little skeptical about Autism. I don't know enough though and please don't judge me. For some with very severe Autism it may be brilliant and I would love to know if it is.
When our son first had his diagnosis I must admit we tried diets and read about all sorts of therapies that were available. I suppose part of us as parents were desperate for answers or to make things better for our son. That's only natural as a parent but as the years have gone by I have settled and become comfortable with Autism. My son's and now looking at myself too. I don't want to change and neither do I want to change my son, he is who he is and I'm so proud of him.
I do love the fact that CBD oil may help people who suffer a lot of pain and for conditions where it's so hard to get by on a day to day basis. This is where we need this stuff available more easily and cheaply. Wouldn't it be fantastic to know that a plant which causes quite a bit of controversy as an illegal drug could be derived and created into one of the most effective medicines.
We are all individuals in this world and everyone I believe is free to choose whether they want to try medication, therapies, diets and supplements in relation to Autism. What works for one may not necessarily work for another but I believe everyone has the right to choose. We are allowed opinions but we shouldn't criticise. Do whatever you feel is right, it is Autism but it is YOUR Autism so treat it and live with how you feel is right.
I'll keep you posted how it all goes. At the moment it doesn't taste very good this oil but I'm seeking a flavoured one or just leaving it to one side as I'm not sure I can justify £15 for a 10ml bottle. That roughly gives you 240 drops but when you are giving 3-4 drops three times a day well it may go down quick. I suppose if it helps though you find a way to buy it.
Do let me know if you have any experience of CBD oil or anything else you have tried. I would be interested to know. For now though take care of yourselves and I will be back again tomorrow for Pass the Remote.
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.