I read an FTC warning about CBD Oil claims.
We all know that CBD Oil is the rage now, and people are using it for many ailments.
One of the complaints I read is that the FTC indicated that people who are promoting CBD Oil are claiming that it cures autism.
CBD Oil for children with autism may have it’s benefits, however claiming it outright cures autism is concerning and caused me to write this article.
As you know if you read my articles is that I’m a mother who has an autistic son and to claim cure is very misleading to people.
The Spectrum Of Autism Ranges
There is a wide range of autism. Each person is different and falls under a different spectrum.
Some people who have autism get married have children of their own and live in a society without people ever knowing.
Some of them are even famous such as the beautiful Daryl Hannah, Courtney Love, and Anthony Hopkins, to name a few.
As for my son, he’s moderately autistic. He is semi verbal and needs a lot of care.
I wish there were a cure for autism. It would be easy to give my son doses of CBD Oil, but it isn’t that simple.
Some people are severely autistic and nonverbal.
There are some autistic people who have behavioral outbursts that can be hard on families.
What I’m getting at here is that some people are just fine the way they are. They don’t need to take CBD Oil or need a cure for anything.
Some autistic people may need to take medication. Autism is complicated because of the broad spectrum. Each person is different, and that applies to all of us.
We are each individual, and what works for one person may not be the case for others.
Most Medications Don’t Cure Everyone
I’m no doctor, but we all know that medication works for a certain percentage of people while it doesn’t work for others.
Also, that applies to side effects. Some people don’t experience side effects while others do.
That is why people go to doctors to get monitored when they are on a prescribed treatment.
CBD Oil Claims That Give False Hope
Me being a parent of an autistic child, I could understand why people wouldn’t get advice from their doctor and run off thinking that CBD Oil is the answer.
We love our children and want the best for them. An outright cure is what parents want.
However, getting data without any proven facts or studies is misleading, and studies should be done to determine if CBD Oil does what a site claims.
What people need to understand is that sometimes people prey on false hopes and want to make money from people.
I see this all the time. My site is to help people find ways to make money from home, and I found out that there are more false hopes than legit ways.
What scammers know is that people will shell out the money because they want the best for their family.
Scammers don’t care if anyone gets cured or hurt by their claims.
I’ve seen so many scams out there. Scammers are not even afraid to call people pretending to be from Social Security threatening people to lure them out of their money.
It’s a crazy world we live in, and I suggest that people consult a doctor before they try and type of treatment.
What Were The Claims The FTC Warned About
What the FTC did was send letters to three sites stating these cures. Which they claimed CBD Oil works like magic and clinically proven for,
- the most agonizing pain
- Alzheimer’s disease
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- cigarette addiction
- bipolar disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- traumatic brain injuries
- Crohn’s disease
- heart disease
- autoimmune disorders
What the FTC said in that letter is that these claims should get supported by reliable scientific evidence or they will take legal action.
Does CBD Oil Help People With Autism
I’m not saying that CBD Oil won’t help people.
I read an article done by WebMD about studies done with CBD Oil and autistic children.
They did tests with three groups of autistic children with behavior problems. One was a placebo, the other group took a whole-plant extract of marijuana, and the third group received a pure blend of CBD and THC at a 20-to-1 ratio.
These kids got treated for two-four weeks and one a four-week break in the middle.
The study showed an improvement of 49% and 53% on two scales vs. 21% and 44% with kids on the placebo.
The kids treated with marijuana had a 50% improvement vs. 22% of kids on the placebo.
The results were great, but I want to quote what Aran said who did the study.
“It’s not a miracle treatment,” Aran said. “It might be another tool in our toolbox.”
As a parent of a son with autism, I get what Aran was saying. As a parent, we have needed lots of tools that can help our children.
- Communication tools
- Sensory products or services
- Things that our children like
- Great communication books
- Community programs
- Great Doctors
As you know, there wasn’t a cure, but can help a child with behaviors. Also, the study got done by a Doctor who used different types of marijuana treatments.
CBD Oil May Not Contain What They Claim
It’s important not to buy CBD Oil online just because it says it’s CBD Oil.
These products sold online are not FDA approved and might not contain the levels of CBD that these CBD Oil distributer claim.
The FDA has done lab tests on distributors and sent out warning letters indicating that their products don’t have the levels CBD that they claim.
Just purchasing CBD Oil online might not treat anything depending on where you buy it. It is best to do your research.
A Vlogger Who Tried CBD Oil For Their Autistic Son
I like this vloggers video because their son is autistic and he seems to fall in the high functioning spectrum.
Their son can verbalize and communicate how he feels about taking CBD Oil.
What I also like about this video is that the father’s sister is knowledgeable about CBD Oil and covers what the parents gave their child.
Finally, what I like about the video is how the father doesn’t claim it is a miracle cure and indicates that every person is different.
Is There A Cure For Autism
According to Autism Speaks, studies shows that early intervention seems to be the most effective. That doesn’t mean your child will get cured, but it can improve their lifestyle drastically depending on different circumstances and the spectrum a child may fall under.
I don’t think my son would have spoken a word without early intervention or learn the things he can do without early intervention.
My son’s first word was the word apple. And that was countless hours of me sitting with my son and saying apple.
The way my son first said apple was appful, he couldn’t pronounce ple.
My son’s second word was Nemo. He managed to say that because of what I learned through consulting with many services that were offered to me.
I noticed my son loved his Nemo stuffed animal toy I got him because he loved the movie so much.
He slept with that toy and used it as a pillow. What I did was take the toy from him and wouldn’t give it back to him until he said, Nemo.
I told him to say Nemo; I would say Michael say ne-mo. He said, “Nemo” I gave him the most significant praise, and I showed everybody that I could. Since then, he can communicate his wants and needs.
Now my son says apple and not appful, and whenever he requested his wants, I made him learn the word for it.
He doesn’t communicate like the child in the video above, but if he didn’t have early intervention, he wouldn’t be able to say a word.
As a mother who has an autistic son, early intervention is the most crucial tool to help your child.
Go in their world and do what you can to pull out what you can.
All In All
Through my research, I learned that CBD Oil is not a cure for autism but can help some people who have behavioral outbursts.
My son had extreme behavioral outbursts when he was in his early teen years.
It was dreadful! I avoided medication as long as I could, but after consulting with doctors, we found a formula that works for him to this day.
If I were to give my son CBD Oil, I wouldn’t get it from just anyone. It’s essential to take what you give your child seriously.
The study done that I read on WebMD shows some promising results for behavioral outbursts, but more studies need to get done.
Not only that, but the FDA has also tested CBD Oil sold and found levels that claim it had didn’t.
It is imperative to do your research or consult with a doctor before you start treating your child with CBD Oil.
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