by Jordan Vasquez
Irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and mood swings. All these problems may seem like they are all a part of everyday life for some people, but these symptoms are actually a condition known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorders also known as ADHD. While ADHD remains a very controversial topic in today’s society, due to scientific research the study to show that ADHD is a real disorder can lead to a number of health and social problems when left untreated. Research has shown that many patients with ADHD have a tendency to want to self-medicate. Marijuana is one of these substances that some people use to self medicate. Marijuana is actually effective in treating people with this common disorder known as ADHD.
Research on the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of ADHD is actually very limited. A number of professionals have recently come out to support the use of marijuana as a treatment for this disorder, claiming that it is safer and less addictive than the tradition stimulants that are given to a patient with ADHD. Doctors who do prescribe cannabis as a non conventional treatment, such as California pediatrician Dr. Claudia Jense have actually found that medical marijuana’s use on a patient with ADHD can indeed help the patient with managing with symptoms of ADHD. Although, marijuana is known to cause loss of focus and increase impulsivity in recreational users, those with ADHD seem to have the opposite effect.
While studies on ADHD with medical marijuana have been limited on human subjects a number of preclinical studies have taken place, some of the studies provided enough evidence for marijuana to be a treatment for the ADHD disorder. The strongest evidence comes from the research that shows the endocannabinoid system which can give a lot of interest to the dopamine level in the brain and also that this interaction might actually be altered in patients with ADHD. This evidence would seem to indicate that the human body naturally produces more endocannabinoids in an attempt to counter the symptoms that are given off if the patient has ADHD, which leads researchers to believe that the endocannabinoid system could be effectively targeted in the treatment of this disorder.
The evidence above allows doctors who are willing to prescribe their patients with ADHD the medical marijuana as a safer alternative than the usual stimulant drugs that are usually given to patients with ADHD. So medical marijuana and ADHD go together to make a dynamic duo.