Cannabis has been used to treat a wide range of conditions for hundreds of years, according to anthropologists and historians. While the drug has always been synonymous with the treatment of pain, in recent years its use for psychological disorders has become more common.
One of the psychological conditions which it is most commonly used for is ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a developmental condition which affects the behavior of patients. Patients with ADHD often struggle to maintain focus, sit still, follow instructions and behave appropriately in social situations.
Another of these conditions for which cannabis is now being used is Tourette’s syndrome. Named after the doctor who first diagnosed it, this is a condition which affects the ability to speak. Patients have little control over their speech or over their movements.
Both of these conditions make everyday social interactions very difficult for patients. While some may only have a mild form of ADHD or Tourette’s, more severe cases can lead to extreme loneliness and depression.
The research on the potential effectiveness of cannabis on ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome is fairly sparse. Some studies indicate that this all natural plant medicine could be extremely effective at reducing the uncontrollable and often distressing symptoms that these patients experience.
However, other studies call these results into question. It is still largely unknown whether or not cannabis can cause anxiety. As anxiety can be a very prominent symptom of both ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome, some researchers and doctors have expressed serious concerns about it use as a treatment.
Unfortunately, until more research is conducted it is impossible to say with any accuracy whether cannabis is or isn’t an appropriate treatment for these conditions. However, what is clear is that it has the potential to be, and that more investigation needs to be conducted.