JERUSALEM — Adi Aran knows why families are willing to drive hours to see him.
“I believe they come to me because nothing else is working,” said the Israeli doctor. “We are giving them hope. Yes, I think it’s the hope.”
The hope Aran is talking about comes in a 10-milliliter bottle. It is cannabis oil — also known as CBD oil — and Aran says it has a profound impact on many of his pediatric patients diagnosed with autism.
“Some of the families say to me it’s changed their life totally,” he told 13 Investigates. “And I’ve seen that. It changes their lives.”
Aran, who oversees the neuropediatric unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, has spent years studying the effects of CBD oil on children who have autism. His latest study — the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world — will be complete within the next few weeks. While the research is taking place halfway around the globe, the impact could eventually be felt by thousands of families dealing with autism in Indiana and across the United States.