Marijuana has been used medically for centuries. It can be used to treat a plethora of conditions and ailments. In a recent study involving 30 patients who were all diagnosed with ADHD, every participant reported better concentration and sleep and less impulsivity after using medical marijuana.
All of the patients in this group also reported that their ADHD symptoms were not effectively alleviated with standard treatments such as Adderall and Ritalin.
22 of the patients in the group opted to discontinue their prescribed medications and use cannabis as a means to manage their ADHD symptoms.
Although this was a small sample of participants in a study, it’s a very promising development for medical cannabis.
“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” said Dr. David Bearman, a cannabinoidologist. “This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin and Dexedrine Amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”
In a nusthell, the cannabinoids in marijuana may help to correct the shortages of dopamine in the brain that people with ADHD have. Currently, the only two states that allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for the treatment of ADHD are Colorado and California. Hopefully, studies such as this one will encourage more states to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for this condition.