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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parents Turn To Cannabis To Treat ASD, Even As Doctors Urge Caution

“There is every reason to exercise extreme caution with this drug,” said physician Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, a neuroscience professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University who studies autism and has followed what little research exists.
DiCicco-Bloom, like others in the field, said he is concerned about the potential for harm from long-term exposure to cannabis, especially for children whose brains are still developing. He believes further study is needed.
So does Charles Pollack, director of the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University.
“The thing that worries me is we have no data,” Pollack said.