ADD and ADHD affect more than 3 million people annually. The chronic conditions are more common in children, but can be present in adults as well. Chronic forms of ADD and ADHD arenâ€™t curable, but are treatable.
Pharmaceutical treatments arenâ€™t working for everyone, Salon reports. Research in the last few years has concluded that marijuana may help. In 2013, a study was published in the Journal of Substance Use & Misuse which showed that people with ADD and ADHD are self-medicating. Self-medicating is done to try to manage impulsive behaviors and hyperactivity.
The 2013 study included about 280 marijuana users that reported symptoms/diagnosis of ADD or ADHD that were not self-medicating. The results from a simple survey sparked the interest of researchers to dig a little deeper to find the links between cannabinoids and endocannabinoid symptoms.
German researchers conducted a study in 2015 involving 30 patients. The researchers studied the results from traditional treatment resistant patients spanning from 2012 through 2014. They wanted to establish a relationship between marijuana and ADD. Twenty-eight male and two female patients participated. Their ages ranged from 21 to 51. All 30 patients reported improvements of their ADD/ADHD symptoms. Some patients also experienced improved sleep. Some patients used marijuana flower and others used dronabinol.
The small study was successful. Researchers concluded that marijuana is an effective, well-tolerated treatment option for those with ADD/ADHD when traditional treatment options are not effective.
A decade-old study linked ADD/ADHD with lower dopamine levels. The neurotransmitters in the brain regulating mood and motivation were lacking. THC, a main compound in marijuana, helps improve dopamine levels and promotes dopamine transmission.
Some of the popular ADD/ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall have numerous negative effects; whereas, marijuana does not.
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