What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects a person’s social, emotional and communication skills. It is a lifelong disability and is different in every person with ASD. Autism is described as being a spectrum disorder because each person’s experience and symptoms are so different and all affect daily living and quality of life.

How is it commonly treated?

There are currently no effective cures for ASD symptoms. Existing medications and interventions can only help reduce some of the related symptoms such as hyperactivity, sleep disorders, self-injury, anxiety, behavioural problems and communication issues. However, research shows that early intervention treatment such as speech and occupational therapy, as well as social and psychological services can help improve a child’s development.

Factsheet: Medical Cannabis and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder factsheet

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Medical Cannabis


There is increasing interest in the use of medical cannabis as a therapy for the symptoms of ASD. Some data suggests that there is potential for the use of cannabidiol (CBD) enriched treatment for some people to help improve behavioural symptoms. However, the evidence is mainly anecdotal and further research is required to best identify patients who would benefit from treatment without experiencing adverse side-effects.

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Autism Awareness Australia was founded in 2007 with the goal of improving the lives of all Australians on the autism spectrum and the families who love them. They provide information and resources to parents and carers, families, professionals and the wider community. Autism Awareness Australia - Empowering autism families


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