ADD, or attention deficit disorder, is one of the most common psychological conditions in the world. Someone who suffers from this ADD will usually experience a lack of focus or attentiveness, forgetfulness, easily avoidable mistakes at work or school, or impulsivity. ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) is related to ADD but includes hyperactive impulses that ADD does not.
The symptoms of ADD can seriously affect people by decreasing the overall quality of life. Children may find it more difficult in school — struggling to keep up with the rest of students, and losing concentration when a task proves too much. Adults will similarily struggle with work obligations, often becoming distracted or avoiding chores because of the work involved — even if they understand the importance of completing it.
While some people struggle more than others, strong prescription medications may not be the best method of choice when trying to ease symptoms. Natural remedies are preferable options, but with few and far between, it’s difficult to find one that actually works. More recently, however, CBD oil has been suggested as a natural solution to ADD symptoms; but how does it work?
CBD has shown positive results in treating those with ADD. This is because it’s able to ease symptoms that are found in Attention Deficit Disorder. The symptoms of ADD are:
Many people who suffer from ADD may also suffer with:
CBD is a major component of the cannabis plant. It’s one of over 100 different chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, along with THC. Before clinical research had been confirmed, it was long believed that CBD and THC were the only two compounds containing medical properties. Now, we know of many other compounds — like THCV and CBDA — that can help with other medical conditions.
However, according to studies, it’s CBD that has proven to help in cognitive function and relieve the symptoms of attention deficit disorder. These positive results have been found in a number of different studies.
Although CBD oil isn’t a direct medication for ADD, it can help to ease symptoms. It works by engaging our endocannabinoid system — a group of receptors in the body that respond to the central nervous system. In turn, CBD oil can react to these receptors, showing positive results for a whole range of medical conditions, including ADD.
In a small study, researchers tested this theory among patients with AD/HD. Each patient had been self-medicating with cannabis. What the study showed was an insignificant change in brain function and small reductions in symptoms. It was concluded that the study did not have enough evidence to prove cannabis’ abilities — being more defined as having a placebo effect.
The worry about giving CBD oil to children with ADD is the fear that it causes a psychoactive effect. To those parents wanting to try CBD oil’s methods, it’s important to note that CBD does not have the euphoric effects that cannabis is closely tied to. The cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactivity is THC. Since CBD oil has — in most cases — less than 0.03 percent of THC, there are no unwanted risks.
To add to this, CBD oil is not given to children by smoking or vaping, and in fact, there’s a variety of different ways to take CBD oil in a safe manner.
If you feel that you or someone you know is suffering from ADD, it’s best to seek professional help. Doctors and medical experts will be able to diagnose and give you the right form and methods of treatment.