CBD has been used to treat many mental diseases and disorders ranging from PTSD and Alzheimer’s. There has been positive testimonials and research in addressing the complications of these mental illnesses.
Now there is a growing interest from ADHD patients, who are turning to cannabis to relieve their disorder. In severe cases, symptoms can be problematic to a functioning lifestyle. Hyperactivity tends to the most prominent of the symptoms.
There at least six of these symptoms of hyperactivity in ADHD patients:
- Inability to sit still
- Failure to wait their turn
- Constant talking or interrupting
- Lack of focus on specific tasks
There is limited data or research that conclusively proves CBD as a solution to ADHD, but there is indeed promising evidence.
As a non-psychoactive cannabis product, CBD treatment is low in THC removing the high-inducing effect. This makes it an option for children with ADHD. It has the potential to regulate symptoms and give patients a chance at a more manageable lifestyle.
The calming effect of CBD reduces anxiety, a significant issue ADHD patients struggle with. Once consumed CBD oil interacts with the two receptors in our body, CB1, and CB2. These receptors directly affect specific parts of your body. CB1 impacts brain function, directly improving symptoms in disorders such as epilepsy. CB2 helps regulate the immune system, pain, and inflammation.
The CBD oil activates and increases the body’s natural cannabinoid production. This spike in our cannabinoid directly leads to various benefits for ADHD patients, including a reduction in anxiety and hyperactivity. In effect, this will sedate the patient to the point that symptoms become minimal.
This is what gives CBD such promise when it comes to ADHD. As research expands, this relationship will become more definitive and rooted in scientific fact. But we can be sure that there is interest from patients who are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.
Prescribed ADHD medications come in two forms; stimulants and non-stimulants.
Stimulant ADHD medication is the most common option because of its fast-acting properties. It can be useful in reducing symptoms but comes with many side effects. Headaches, loss of appetite and insomnia are common side effects in both medications.
Ironically CBD has been known to alleviate these exact symptoms in patients. The natural ingredients in cannabis can be more attractive to patients looking to avoid unwanted side effects. To their surprise, it may be precisely the treatment they were looking for.