In recent years, adults suffering from attention deficit disorder have started to turn to marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a newer term that refers to the medical condition attention deficit disorder (ADD). It is believed that a person that suffers from ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity. Such deviations make it difficult for the person to sit still, pay attention, or practice self-control. ADHD is often diagnosed during school age because of the youngster’s inability to thrive in the controlled and calm setting of the classroom.
Treating ADHD With Cannabis
Treatment for ADHD usually involves the use of prescription medications such as Adderall and Ritalin. The standard medications are not completely effective in treating the condition and have severe side effects. Users report sleep problems, decreased appetite, headaches, tics, moodiness, and withdrawal when they cease using the medication. To avoid unpleasant side effects, many adult ADHD sufferers are turning to cannabis to treat the medical condition.
Marijuana May Work Better Than Adderall or Ritalin
One of the natural cannabinoids found in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When ingested, THC works in a similar fashion to Adderall and Ritalin. It balances out the body’s dopamine levels to create feelings of calmness. However, unlike prescription ADHD medications, marijuana has no serious side effects.
Cannabis Soothes Sufferers of ADHD
Undoubtedly, for centuries cannabis has been used for its relaxation qualities. Sufferers of ADHD often have trouble with rapid thoughts, excessive energy, inability to focus, impulsiveness, and lack of attention. Marijuana smooths out the user’s edgy feelings and decreases restlessness which improves focus.
Marijuana Use and ADHD
In 2017, at a study at the King’s College in London, researchers found that participants experienced significant improvement of ADHD symptoms when given marijuana as an inhalant. The cannabis product given to the clinical trial’s participants contained 2.7 mg of THC and 2.5 mg of CBD. It is believed that the ratio helped to create a balance in the users by improving hyperactivity and impulsivity.
How Does Cannabis Treat ADHD?
The human body’s regulatory system is known as the ‘endocannabinoid system’ (ECS). The ECS is made up of receptors that are spread out over the entire body. The receptors play a crucial role in many body functions such as pain regulation, inflammation, the immune system, and appetite. The receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, react with the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The two cannabinoids, THC and CBD, interact with the ECS by directly mingling with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The interaction helps ease a multitude of physical conditions such as nausea and vomiting. THC and CBD may level the body’s dopamine levels which eases ADHD. Cannabis is not a magic bullet when it comes to treating ADHD, but it does appear to relieve the sufferer’s symptoms significantly, so they can live a calmer, more peaceful life.
As with any new medication, you should first consult with your physician to determine if medical marijuana could help relieve your ADHD symptoms.