Expert cautions parents on cannabis oil for ASD patients

Dayo Ojerinde

A consultant child and adolescence psychiatrist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr Yetunde Adeniyi, has cautioned parents on the use of cannabis oil for children living with autism spectrum disorder.

Adeniyi, on Tuesday in Lagos at the 9th Annual Autism programme organised by Guaranty Trust Bank, said studies had shown that cannabis oil could improve the conditions of autistic children but there was the need for parents to exercise caution on the usage.

Adeniyi spoke on the topic, ‘Utility of cannabis oil in autism management — current trends’.

She said the use of cannabis oil containing 30 per cent cannabidiol and 1.5 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol for patients living with autism had become increasingly popular in the last 10 years, but clinical research on its use had been scanty.

“Our brain consists of the endocannabinoid system which is a major regulator of synaptic plasticity and neuromodulation. Activating it in animal models

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