According to a new medical study, ADHD patients reported improved concentration, improved sleep and reduced impulsivity after using medicinal cannabis.
Two thirds of the patients who took part in the study opted to forgo their previously prescribed ADHD medication, Adderall, in order to use marijuana on a more long-term basis to manage their symptoms instead.
It’s a small sample group, yet it’s an incredibly positive development.
“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.”
Basically, cannabinoids in marijuana might correct dopamine shortages in the brain that’s seen with people who have ADHD.
Right now, Colorado and California are the only two states that allow prescription of medical marijuana to treat ADHD. With any luck, more studies like this one will move more states to allow treatment.
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