ADHD, known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a prevalent disorder that is mostly found in children. It is a neuro-developmental disorder/mental disorder which affects 5% of adults around the world and roughly 7% of young adults and children around the globe.
Many people who suffer from ADHD have difficulty focusing, often fidget, appear restless and may act out, speak out and inappropriate times. As a result of this, children with ADHD find themselves having difficulties academically. Adults with ADHD also may find themselves having difficulty while working due to lack of concentration. Controlling their behaviors is also seen as a difficult task. Adults with ADHD tend to not act their age.
There is no known cure for ADHD, however, about one-third of children with ADHD tend to outgrow it, usually during their teenage years. There are various types of medication for treating ADHD such as Ritalin and Adderall which are used to alter the levels of dopamine (a neurotransmitter in the brain). While these medication work for some, there are others who react badly to the medication. As a result, they look for alternative treatments.
One of these alternative medications is medical cannabis. When people use medical cannabis as a form of treating ADHD, it’s often self-medicated. Testimonies from cannabis users using it to treat ADHD are promising, and so are the studies.
Research is indicating that cannabis may be able to help treat many of the symptoms associated with ADHD. A study with 2’811 participants with ADHD were given medical cannabis to treat their ADHD. During the study, the participants were evaluated. Many of the researchers noticed a drop in hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
We may be closer to having a more in-depth look through future scientific studies to back the public perception of patients and caregivers alike. Who knows? We may ultimately find that that cannabis could hold a key as a natural remedy for ADHD.