CBD and ADHD
Cannabidiol is quickly becoming of the most potent, and medically interesting herbs on the planet. With a plethora of uses, from fighting cancer to treating autism, CBD has some of the highest potentials for being medicinally useful. While there is still so much that there is to learn about CBD and why it has the positive effects on us that it does, it becomes clear that it is for good reason. Each and every day it seems there is a new news article about CBD and its uses. One of the newest ways that CBD is being used, is to help alleviate the symptoms of those suffering from ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While the reasons the CBD seems to help those with ADHD are still shrouded in clouds, the anecdotes of those who self-medicate with the compound, should not be ignored. Today we are going to be exploring what aspects of CBD help those with ADHD, as well as why you might consider this natural alternative, versus pharmaceutical options. So let’s get started!
What is CBD?
Before we continue, it is important to know what we are talking about. What even is CBD, and why does it have the effects on ADHD that it does? Well, CBD is a chemical found in the marijuana plant, which is short for Cannabidiol is a chemical that belongs to the family of chemicals known as the cannabinoids. It, along with another chemical called THC, make up the chief compounds found in the cannabinoid family. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical, unlike THC, and offers no type of high when consumed. CBD is known for offering a wide range of medical benefits, from helping migraines to calming aggression, and even, some studies show has an ability to fight various types of cancers! CBD is at the forefront of medical research thanks to its great potential, and to cap it all off, there are almost no negative side effects associated with the usage of CBD. While this is only a brief intro hopefully you now have a better idea of what we are discussing.
What is ADHD?
According to psychiatry.org, “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (an excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur at the moment without thought).An estimated 5 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD.1,2 ADHD is often first identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork. It can also affect adults. It is more common among boys than girls.” While ADHD may be common, it can still be a major impairment to both kindred and adults. This had led to those suffering from the condition to seek out ways in which to minimize or even eliminate their symptoms. For many adults, and even children alike, CBD is the answer.
How CBD Can Help Those with ADHD
While there have been no scientific studies done on the effects of CBD on ADHD. While this, of course, is a big turn off when it comes to using CBD for ADHD, the anecdotal information that is available, ought to not be ignored. Children and parents all over the world where CBD is legal to swear by the effectiveness of the compound. When cannabis is introduced to individuals who are suffering from ADHD, there is a noticeable difference in mood, behavior, and performance, and in a positive way! There seem to be no negative reviews, or information on the web that is against using CBD for children, and adults. By lessening the strong symptoms fo ADHD, CBD is able to help those who have the disorder by making things like focusing, and regulating mood easier. With no negatives reported, and hundreds if not thousands of parents and adults recommending the use of CBD, it might be something to at least look into. But is it possible for CBD to replace traditional medications? Well, that may be another story. As we learn more about how CBD works, it becomes more and more clear that it has medicinal properties, and it is those properties that help CBD be as effective as it is on ADHD patients. While CBD may be beneficial, it is typically so when it is given in conjunction with traditional ADHD medications such as Adderall and Ritalin. That way the benefits of both, are still absorbed. And of course, before stopping it starting any medication, one must consult their doctor. Everything is going to work differently for different individuals and it’s important to do what is right for you.
CBD for ADHD, what may have been something taboo, is now fast becoming a viable option for those individuals, dealing with the disorder. While there is still a great deal left to learn, as we discover new aspects of CBD it becomes more and more clear that CBD has some potentially powerful positive side effects. Of course before making any changes to your medicinal regimen, one should consult their doctor. As more people use CBD, and support its legalization, the more research will become available backing and giving legitimacy to what we already know. While CBD may not be for you, for various reasons, there is a good chance that it will be a great tool in your bag. It seems only the future holds whats in store for CBD treating ADHD, but it seems that future is very bright.