A leading autism consultant has slammed claims that cannabis oil can cure autism.
It follows claims from a current affairs podcast that a Dublin Hemp company has been caught making claims that it sells cannabis oil that can help to cure autism.
The Here’s How podcast is claiming that it recorded the manager of the popular Dublin shop, saying that children should start taking the oil as young as two years old to treat autism, and that there were ‘clinical trials and studies’ to prove that it worked.
But Dr Michael Fitzgerald, a consultant with decades of experience treating autistic children, and advisor on a government task force on autism, dismissed the claims live on air.
He advised parents to exercise extreme caution with anyone who offered miracle cures, and to make sure that any treatment was backed up with proper research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.