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Turns Out That Marijuana May Be Better for Treating ADHD Than Adderall, Ritalin

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    It's no secret that an increasing number of states and cities are decriminalizing, and even legalizing, recreational marijuana use. And new medical studies on the effects of the drug are quickly following suit—some positive, and some not so positive.

    The latest one comes from Germany, where scientists studied the effects of cannabis on 30 patients with ADHD who had limited success with conventional treatments for the disorder (Adderall and Ritalin). All 30 reported “improved concentration and sleep” and “reduced impulsivity” after using medicinal cannabis, according to the case report. Moreover, 22 out of the 30 patients decided to forgo their previously prescribed medications once the study was over and continue using medicinal marijuana to manage their symptoms.

    Albeit with a very small sample group, this study provides some of the first clinical data on the potential of marijuana in treating ADHD, which, as we know, is characterized by difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and forgetfulness. Dr. David Bearman, a so-called figurehead of cannabis research, a.k.a. a "cannabinoidologist," explains the effects of marijuana in treating ADHD symptoms as having to do with the brain’s dopamine levels.

    "Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine," Bearman explains (via Leafly). "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."

    Translation: Weed (more specifically, the cannabinoids in weed) possibly corrects dopamine shortages in the brains of people with ADHD. As of now, two states in the United States—California and Colorado—allow the prescription of medical marijuana to treat ADHD, but if more studies prove out the results in this one, don't be surprised if more states follow suit.

    By Rebecca Dancer - Details/Oct. 28, 2015
    Art: rave-in-my-head
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Bango Skank
    Truly wonderful news!

    I'm happy to see that it was even an option for them to continue use of medical marijuana after the study had concluded. Of course it'd be pretty shitty if that wasn't an option after such a positive outcome.
  2. RoboCodeine7610
    If you have ADHD and smoke marijuana, I'm sure it does "reduce impulsivity" but increase concentration? That's ridiculous.

    Sure, it keeps you put, but trying to learn anything under the influence is nearly impossible. Cannabis' effects on memory are well-known, I doubt it'd be conductive to any kind of learning or memorization.

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