The U.S. states that legalized medical cannabis have different lists of qualifying diseases. Most of these lists include such illnesses as cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis. However, according to anecdotal evidence, marijuana improves the conditions of patients with various other conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
According to statistics, 11% of children aged between 4 and 17 years and 4% of adults in the U.S. are affected by ADHD.
Despite some studies indicating that medical cannabis may be effective in treating ADHD, marijuana is not commonly considered a qualifying condition for cannabis use by MMJ doctors. Let's take a look at the available scientific data on effects of cannabis use in patients with ADHD.
Last year, two German researchers presented their report on the results of treating adult ADHD patients with marijuana at an international conference on cannabinoids in medicine. According to these findings, marijuana can potentially help ADHD patients relieve their symptoms. During the study, the scientists investigated the cannabis effects in 30 patients, who were unresponsive to conventional treatment.
Most of the participants reported having better sleep and concentration, while their impulsivity decreased. Cannabis even allowed 22 patients to stop using other medications for the duration of the treatment.
The results of this study were not surprising for the participants, as some of them had already tried to use marijuana before, but physicians just did not take their experience seriously.
The importance of marijuana for treating ADHD was previously underlined by Dr. Claudia Jensen, who testified to the benefits of cannabis use before Congress in 2004. She stated that the herb can safely be given to children and that this substance can treat ADHD or ADD as well as epileptic seizures.
Unfortunately, people were for a long time falsely told that marijuana is dangerous, thus many potential patients tried to avoid its use. But consuming weed may help ADHD patients deal with inattention and impulsive behaviors, according to Jensen.
While scientists are still considering conducting further studies on this matter, more and more people with ADHD find relief in marijuana. For instance, Antonio Rodriguez, who had ADD/ADHD since his childhood, was afraid of using weed for many years. Even when he started treating with cannabis at his adult years, Rodriguez was apprehensive about the possible weed addiction. However, nothing like that happened, and he finally managed to improve his condition.
The potential of marijuana to help people with attention disorders is really impressive. Hopefully, the cannabis prohibition will not last forever, and ADHD/ADD patients will legally get a safer and more effective treatment with cannabis in the near future.