Marijuana For ADD

Overview

ADD, known as attention deficit disorder in full, is a medical condition that affects the mental health of individuals. As a result of ADD, patients are unable to concentrate on most tasks they are undertaking. People living with ADD usually lack self-motivation and fail to regulate themselves as they go about their lives. Their failure to conduct activities stems from the fact that they are easily distracted and have poor organizational skills. They are also likely to procrastinate and experience low levels of prioritization. Currently, ADD mostly affects adults. People suffering from ADD usually have tics, exhibit hyper-impulsivity and are often anxious. They can also suffer from panic attacks, depression, and insomnia. In line with other illnesses, ADD may be the cause of other mental health disorders. These include obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. People living with this disease are also at increased risk for alcoholism as they are likely to self-medicate with it.

Conventional treatment methods

ADD usually stems from the low production of dopamine. For this reason, medical practitioners often prescribe medication that spurs dopamine production. Such drugs include Ritalin and Adderall. Other drugs that may be administered include Focalin, Dexedrine, and Methylin. All these fall under the short stimulant category, since their effects only last four to six hours on average. In this period, the patient can concentrate. Long-lasting stimulants such as Concerta, Vyvanse, and Adderall XR may also be used to treat ADD. The effects of these drugs can last for up to twelve hours. Their use, however, comes with side effects such as loss of appetite and irritability. These drugs also have an effect on sleep. Apart from pharmaceuticals, ADD can also be treated using therapy. Most patients receive a combination of both.

How medical marijuana can help treat ADD

Currently, there is very little research on the effects marijuana has on ADD. This is as a result of the fact that marijuana is still illegal in some states. Despite this fact, many people have reported benefits from using medical marijuana for their ADD. In fact, a study conducted in 2013 found that many individuals were self-medicating with cannabis to deal with their hyperactivity and impulsivity.

During the research, scientists examined 280 cannabis users who said that the drug specifically treated their hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms. A high proportion of the participants in the study reported that they experienced more symptoms of ADD when they stopped using medical marijuana.

After the 2013 study, German scientists decided to conduct an investigation of their own. Their research was specifically on the relationship between cannabinoids and ADD. 30 patients participated in the study. The study, published in 2015, examined how patients who had been resistant to conventional ADD treatments from 2012 to 2014 responded to medical marijuana. In all 30 participants, there was a marked improvement in the symptoms. The participants either used a form of cannabis flower or dronabinol, the THC drug used to regulate nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Always consult your doctor before beginning a medical marijuana treatment regime.