Studies show that the disorders can be controlled with cannabis
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are chronic conditions that affected over three million individuals last year. They are most commonly found in children, but there are instances of the disorders extending into adulthood. Neither is curable and conventional lab-created treatments are not always effective. Fortunately, studies are showing that cannabis could be used to successfully reduce the symptoms of both ADD and ADHD.
A study from a few years ago saw participation from 280 cannabis users. The research showed that a large number of the participants who had been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD reported a decrease in symptoms when taking cannabis. This led to additional research and another study that was published in 2015.
In that research, German scientists examined patients between 2012 and 2014 who were resistant to conventional treatments. 28 male patients from 21-51 participated, as did two female patients. In all cases, the patients saw improvements in almost all ADD/ADHD symptoms, including impulsivity and concentration. In many cases, patients also reported improved sleep.
ADD and ADHD are identified by a reduced level of dopamine in the body. This is a neurotransmitter that controls mood and motivation, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has already been proven to increase dopamine levels, as well as its transmission.
Lab-created chemical solutions such as Ritalin and Adderall have been around for decades to control ADD and ADHD. However, apart from the ability of the body to develop an immunity to both, they each include side effects such as nausea or vomiting. On the other hand, cannabis doesn’t and it has the added benefit of being completely natural.