Research: 80% of children with autism see improvements with CBD therapies

New research out of Israel shows some rather remarkable benefits for autistic children using doctor-prescribed CBD therapies. If this pans out, this could be revolutionary!
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Research: 80% of children with autism see improvements with CBD therapies

Israeli scientists are leading the way in revolutionary new research regarding cannabis-based CBD therapies as a potentially effective treatment for children diagnosed with autism.  The study led by Dr. Adi Aran of the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem began by selecting 60 autistic kids whose parents agreed to allow cannabidiol or CBD treatments for a period of at least seven months.  When the clinical trial came to its conclusion, the researchers documented some rather astonishing findings.

  • 80 percent of the parents reported notable declines in the autism-associated problematic behaviors of their youngsters.
  • 62 percent reported witnessing significant improvements.
  • About 50 percent of the children experienced dramatic progress in their communications skills.
  • Approximately 40 percent of children with autism previously diagnosed with various anxiety disorders (about two-thirds of overall control group) experienced substantial decreases in episodic outbreaks.

According to a report by Israel National News, Dr. Aran is a true visionary and a pioneer in the field of research involving cannabinoid therapies for autism in children.  His prior 2017 project involving 120 autistic children is considered the first of its kind in the world.  The progressive cannabis research was even endorsed and funded by the Israeli government.

As news spread of his success, thousands of families with children on the spectrum began lining up on the doctor’s doorstep hoping to be placed on the waiting list for this potentially miraculous treatment for childhood autism.

CBD therapies are not an official cure for childhood autism (yet)

To be clear, medical experts do not know much about this rare disorder.  The causes for this neurological condition are largely unknown, and therefore, there is no real cure.  Its effects typically first appear in early childhood, which can include the onset of repetitive, compulsive behaviors, tendencies to avoid eye contact, and impaired social and communications skills.

However, most scientists agree that the sooner the child receives a professional medical diagnosis and begins receiving treatment and counseling, the more apt he or she is to move forward and live a long, happy, and independent life as an adult.  A safe and effective CBD therapy could potentially improve the quality of life for millions of autistic kids.

In 2004, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 166 children are born with autism.  In 2018, that number has soared to a current estimate of 1 in every 59 children.  Meanwhile, a large percentage of diagnosed kids rarely respond to existing pharmaceutical remedies. 

Clearly, the need for effective therapies in this field is urgently needed, and Dr. Aran is hopeful that t non-psychoactive CBD oils will be just what the doctor ordered for the beautiful children around the world living with this neurological disorder. 

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Keep it simple: 5 basic mistakes that newbie vapers often make

Newbies to vaping often don’t know where to begin when purchasing their very first vapor product and e-liquid.  Travel to any e-commerce site, and it’s filled with lots of colorful gadgetry that boast temperature control mechanics, extended battery life, and other often confusing terminology.  And when it comes to selecting your very first e-liquids, the numerous choices and brand names can leave you stymied.

So, what’s a newbie vaper to do?  How do you enter the world of vaping while minimizing your chances of a smoking relapse?  Keep it simple.  Here are five of the most common mistakes to avoid.

1.  Spending too much on your first vaping device.

Novice vapers can sometimes mistakenly assume that a vape mod with a higher price tag is automatically the better product.   Unfortunately, higher prices do not necessarily translate to higher quality.

Do your research online and come up with three or four possible options.  Travel to social media forums and chat rooms to ask veteran vapers if you are on the right track.   If you happen to have a local vape shop nearby, the sales associates are usually very helpful.

But stick to your guns. You don’t want to overspend, but you also don’t want to skimp either.   And you definitely don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles for your very first vape.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

2.  Buying poor quality e-juice.

The proper e-liquid (or e-juice) is perhaps the most critical component of your first vaping experience.  Flavor descriptions and creative packaging may temporarily trick you into believing that the juice will inevitably be mouthwateringly delicious, but the real test comes when you finally vape it.

In the old days prior to the FDA Deeming regulations – say about three or four years ago – local vape shops would let you experiment and taste-test with different flavors right in the shop.  Now that’s illegal.

Your best bet is to buy small bottles of about three or four different flavors, each from a different e-liquid manufacturer.  Their textures, flavor intensities, and other characteristics will vary.  Test them all to determine what you like best.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

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3.  Avoid the upsell (at first).

There is a ton of vaping technology on the market.  Some of it is rather outdated (and very likely on sale) but still very good for a newbie vaper.  Beginners need a device that is easy to use, portable, convenient, and simple.  Look for a starter kit from one of the top name brands.

It’s also a good idea to perform a web search for product reviews about the specific device.  Research the vape’s battery life, ease of use, typical vaping experience, and management issues.  Consider watching a few YouTube videos to learn more about it, too.

Those big box mods and super-thick vape pens with all the metallic colors can look mighty powerful and uber-radical, but many of them are specifically designed that way to trick you into buying them.  When it comes to buying your first vape pen, don’t fall for the upsell until you know what you’re doing.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

4.  Inhaling the vape like you’re smoking.

Combustible tobacco cigarettes are designed to burn faster as you inhale harder.  E-cigarettes are substantially different, and it may take a day or two for you to get used to the new feelings and sensations of vaping.  Don’t give up before the miracle happens.

With vaping, its best to avoid taking those short, fast, hard drags from the vape pen.  You tend to draw in less vapor, and if you’re not careful, you’re likely to suck in a bit of e-juice in the process.  The best way for newbies to begin vaping is to take softer drags using puffs that are longer and gentler compared to smoking.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

5.  Forgetting to charge your battery.

The quickest way to relapse back into smoking is to forget about charging your battery.  Misplacing your cigarette lighter was never a big deal.  After all, you could always use the nearest toaster as an alternative source of fire, right? 

Vaping is different. Unless you’ve purchased a primary and a backup vaping device – which most newbies shouldn’t really do until they find a device that they truly love – then you’re going to have to wait a bit before your vape is totally recharged.

And it only takes a few seconds of nicotine withdrawal to trick you into heading to the corner convenience store for a pack of smokes.  So, remember, keep your vaping device’s battery charged…and keep it simple.

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Smokers who switch to vaping see improvements in myocardial health, says scientist

A story making the rounds on social media these days falsely claims that vaping increases the risks of eventually undergoing a heart attack.  While the report is overwhelmingly refuted by reputable scientists around the world, its basis of misinformation is only further fueling the public’s misperceptions about the alleged dangers of vaping. To set the record straight, several academic scholars of the highest caliber have already conducted evidence-based research on this very topic.

One of these brainiacs is the highly-respected Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Kallithéa, Greece.  His paper entitled Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (electronic cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects of regular cigarettes makes clear that smokers who switch to vaping experience significant improvements in myocardial functions and overall cardiovascular health.  Published in the journal  BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, Dr. Farsalinos and his team make the following assertions.

“Although acute smoking inhalation caused a delay in LV myocardial relaxation in smokers, electronic cigarette use was found to have no such immediate effects in daily users of the device. This short-term beneficial profile of electronic cigarette compared to smoking, although not conclusive about its overall health-effects as a tobacco harm reduction product, provides the first evidence about the cardiovascular effects of this device. Since awareness and use of electronic cigarettes are continuously rising, more studies are urgently needed, focusing on the pathophysiological mechanisms of disease where smoking is implicated and ultimately on long-term effects. Such studies will provide additional scientific data to public health authorities so that they decide on the regulatory status of this product.”

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The Farsalinos team began by conducting a series of tests on a preselected group of about 81 participants.  They were divided into two distinct groups:  Vaping-only individuals and daily smokers.  A third group of never-vapers, never-smokers comprised the control sample.

These three groupings are very important to the accuracy and validity of the Farsalinos findings.  All too often, intentionally misleading information and bogus “research studies” authored by pay-to-play scientists somehow go viral in mainstream media.  Unfortunately, they tend to almost always lack the necessarily scientific comparisons to never-smokers and especially daily smokers.  The Farsalinos study covers all the proverbial bases.

The Farsalinos vaping study in a nutshell

To be clear, dual use of both vaping and combustible tobacco products were strictly prohibited.  In fact, of the original 81 participants, five were either ejected or willingly quit the project for similar reasons. The remaining 76 individuals consisted of 36 daily smokers (32 male, 4 female) and 40 vapers (36 male, 4 female) whose average ages were about 35 years. 

Throughout the course of the trial, their myocardial functions and other measurable biomarkers were periodically measured and analyzed.  Separate laboratories were used for each group to avoid possible cross-contamination.  Cardiovascular statistics measured included but were not limited to the following.

  • Isovolumic relaxation time (IVRT) corrected for heart rate
  • Cardiovascular performance index
  • Left Ventricle (LV) Mass Index (MI)
  • Left Ventricle (LV) Diameter
  • Blood Pressure (Diastolic and Systolic)
  • Standing Heart Rate
  • Progressive differences in cholesterol, glucose, and triglyceride levels

For the vaping-only group, all participants were given the same vaping device and 7ml nicotine concentration e-liquids.  During the periodic testing processes, they were then asked to vape for a full seven minutes.  To keep the playing field equal, the daily smokers’ group was sent to a separate lab and asked to smoke the same brand of over-the-counter combustible tobacco cigarette for seven minutes, as well.

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The Farsalinos team witness no negative variations in the myocardial functions of the vaping-only members, but the daily smokers experienced almost instantaneous adverse consequences in every category.  In fact, these myocardial anomalies typically occurred after smoking only a single cigarette.

“This is the first study to examine the acute effects of electronic cigarette use on myocardial function. No adverse effects on LV [left ventricular] myocardial function were observed after using electronic cigarette with nicotine-containing liquid for 7 minutes. On the contrary, significant changes in diastolic function parameters were found after smoking 1 tobacco cigarette.”

“This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not officially endorse electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation product.  They barely acknowledge vaping technology as a tobacco harm reduction tool.

However, the science is irrefutable.  Numerous studies have already documented that vaping is not only safer than smoking by as much as 95 percent, but it’s more effective and more popular than any other nicotine replacement therapy on the market today.

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