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Overview - Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Description of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Thirty years ago few people had ever heard the word autism. Circa 1975, only one in 5,000 children was diagnosed with this condition. Nowadays it is a household word, and almost everybody knows of someone suffering from the disease. The allopathic community considers autism a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in very early childhood. Government statistics suggest that the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17% annually, doubling roughly every five years since 1980. The facts are starkly clear: the pervasiveness of autism is growing exponentially. If current trends continue and no cure is found, we could be looking at a future reality where, by 2047, one in two people will be diagnosed as autistic. Pharmaceutical medications (such as Ritalin, an amphetamine-like drug) are given to millions of children every year to control symptoms.

Disease Classification

Condition: Autism
Disease Family: Mental Disorders
Organ System: Mental/Emotional System
ICD-10 Chapter: Mental and Behavioural Disorders
ICD-10 Code: F84

Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Symptoms:

Symptoms of autism fall on a spectrum range between the following: the autism savant, atypical social interaction, atypical communicating, atypical interests, compulsive behavior, destructive behavior

Also known as:

ASD, Infantile Autism, Childhood onset autism

Drug Interactions

THC Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • THC can enhance the effects of drugs that cause sedation and depress the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol, for example. 
  • THC is metabolized by and an inhibitor of a number of enzymatic liver pathways referred to as cytochrome P450. There are more than 50 enzymes belonging to this enzyme family, a number of which are responsible for the breakdown of common drugs such as antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, doxepine, fluvoxamine), antipsychotics (haloperidol, clozapine, stelazine), beta-blockers (e.g. propranolol), bronchodilators (e.g. theophylline), or bloodthinners (e.g. warfarin).  Thus patients taking these classes of medication may find that THC increases the concentration and effects of these drugs as well as the duration of their effects.
  • Clinical observation suggests no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 20mg THC.

CBD Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • CBD may alter action on metabolic enzymes (certain drug-transport mechanisms), and as such may alter interactions with other drugs, some of which may produce therapeutic or adverse effects. For instance, CBD interacts with the enzyme cytochrome P450 3A4 and cytochrome P450 2C19, increasing the bioavailability of anti-epileptic drugs such as clobazam (a benzodiazepine). This makes it possible to achieve the same results at significantly lower dosages, reducing treatment costs and risks of adverse effects. 
  • Groups of drugs affected include: anti-epileptic drugs, psychiatric drugs, and drugs affecting metabolic enzymes, for example.
  • Clinical observations suggest no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 100mg CBD

Dosing Considerations

THC Dosage Considerations

  • THC micro dose:  0.1 mg to 0.4 mg
  • THC low dose:  0.5 mg to 5 mg
  • THC medium dose:  6 mg to 20 mg
  • THC high dose:  21 mg to 50+ mg

CBD Dosage Considerations

  • CBD low dose:  0.4 mg to 19 mg
  • CBD medium dose: 20 mg to 99 mg
  • CBD high dose:  100 mg to 800+ mg (upper limits tested ~1,500mg)

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