Can Cannabis Help with Attention Deficit Disorder?
Attention Deficit Disorder cases have been increasing over the last few years, especially in children, in part due to better diagnosing techniques. Many experts believe that cannabis has a part to play in helping manage this condition, by helping to calm the affected individual.
What is ADD?
An individual suffering with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is characterized with periods of hyperactive behavior, with problems concentrating and remaining focused. Impulsiveness is another known impact of ADHD.
What have the Studies on Marijuana and ADHD found?
One of the main studies to have taken place was compiled in 2013. It was published in the Journal of Substance Use & Misuse. It examined the issue that some people with self-diagnosed ADHD or ADD were self-medicating with medicinal marijuana to help manage their symptoms. The findings suggest that cannabis does have a part to play in helping treat this condition.
A more interesting study that was completed in Germany last year examined around thirty patients who didn’t experience any improvement in their symptoms after being prescribed drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. After providing the subjects with cannabis, the subjects were found to have better concentration, improved sleep quality and a reduction in impulsivity.
Cannabis and Stimulants
It is common for ADHD sufferers to be prescribed stimulants as a form of medication. The results of the study suggest that cannabis can be used in conjunction with the stimulants for therapeutic benefit. Findings from the studies suggest that medicinal marijuana can not only help treat ADHD, but is also able to relieve the side effects of the stimulants being used. Medications such as Ritalin can cause ADHD sufferers to feel nervous, aswell as suffering a loss in appetite and insomnia. Cannabis has been found to treat these issues.
The researchers from the study said they would recommend treating patients with cannabis alone. But will this recommendation for cannabis for ADD fall on deaf ears?
From those that have tried the cannabis treatment, they have in the most part preferred the cannabis treatment compared to stimulants.
What Dosage Should You Use?
If you decide to use medicinal marijuana for treating ADHD, it is recommended that you should be prescribed 2.5mg of Marinol, to be taken 2 or 3 times per day. Look for strains with a low amount of THC. Strains which use CBD are able to help with the impulsiveness that you may feel. By focusing on reducing impulsiveness that you may feel in turn increases concentration, leading to reduced feeling of anxiety.
If you have used cannabis as part of your treatment for ADHD or ADD, be sure to let us know how you got on. We’d love to build up a bank of experience that other sufferers can draw upon to see if the treatment method is right for them.
If you are looking for a dispensary that can help you with cannabis for your ADHD or ADD, we’d recommend that you use the dispensaries near me tool, which will help you locate nearby dispensaries that can help.