Part One: The Endocannabinoid System and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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The importance of the discovery of the role that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays in human health and disease cannot be understated. Cannabinoid receptors are the most highly expressed of any G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) in the body. They’re the only ones to play a direct role in virtually every aspect of the human body (CNS and immune systems, throughout the periphery, presynaptic, and postsynaptic).[1]
It’s no wonder that anecdotal reports of cannabis treatments indicate effectiveness in such a wide array of conditions. The growing body of scientific research surrounding the endocannabinoid system continues to lead to the further understanding of the physiological basis in a growing number of conditions.[45]
One condition with both supportive anecdotal and preclinical scientific evidence is for patients on the severe end of the autism spectrum (ASD). In a short series of articles we’ll attempt to shed light on the role that the endocannabinoid system plays in the progression of autism, the potential role of phytocannabinoids in treatment, and what that might mean in a practical sense.

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http://www.medicaljane.com/2015/06/17/is-the-endocannabinoid-system-involved-in-the-progression-of-asd/

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