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Marijuana is being increasing accepted and used to treat a variety of medical disorders, and there has been some speculation that it could prove helpful for children and adolescents with ASD.

However, a review that has been published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioural Pediatrics has looked into a wide number of studies that are available looking into this issue. They conclude that there is no significant data to show that there is any benefits to the use of marijuana in young people with ASD. Furthermore, there is a considerable amount of data to show that it can be harmful to the developing brain of a child.

The authors suggest that the trade off between controlling the symptoms in the here and now, and the impact on the child’s future, is not worth the risks. They urge parents to stay away from psychoactive drugs until more data is available.

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Journal Reference: Scott E. Hadland, John R. Knight, Sion K. Harris. Medical Marijuana. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2015; 36 (2): 115 DOI:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000129  http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2015&issue=02000&article=00009&type=abstract