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About this Session:

Interest in the use of cannabis and one of its main components, cannabidiol (CBD), has grown over the past few years for a range of issues, including comorbidities of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) like aggression and self-injurious behaviour. In this talk, I will provide some context for CBD’s relatively recent rise to prominence. I give a brief background on the endocannabinoid system, as well as the components of the Cannabis plant species, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD. I then discuss some of the information available online for cannabis and CBD use in ASD before digging into the wider online discourse amongst parents and caregivers. I then discuss the current state of the science surrounding the topic, focusing on three recent and prominent studies investigating CBD-rich cannabis use in treating symptoms and co-morbidities of ASD, particularly difficult behaviours. At the end of the presentation, I provide some useful resources for navigating this difficult topic.



What is Self-Injurious Behaviour (SIB)?

Self-Injurious behaviour can be defined as: self-directed injury that is non-suicidal in nature and causes physical trauma. These isolating behaviours may affect children with intellectual impairment, autism or other forms of neurodiversity. SIB is a multifaceted behaviour that is difficult to understand and treat as the diagnosis varies across individuals. Currently, proper evidence-based care does not exist, so it can be extremely challenging to care for children with severe SIB.

Are you a parent/primary caregiver of a person with Self Injurious Behaviours? Are you passionate about taking your learning to the next level? As a parent/primary caregiver do you want to learn more on how to support yourself and your child? We are bringing to you a unique 6-part series to learn and explore ways to support families and their children. These six sessions are meant to promote education around severe SIB, to create a supportive SIB community, as well as to advocate for better health outcomes.

You Can Participate in Any of These Ways:

  1. Pre-watch any of the 6 series pre-recorded workshops
  2. Pre-watch any of the 6 series pre-recorded workshops then join on event night and participate in our live and interactive Q & A
  3. Join us on event night to watch the pre-recorded workshops together followed by our live and interactive Q & A
  4. Join the monthly SIB Family Hangout hosted by FSI the last Monday of every month