ADHD, Could CBD Be A Treatment Option?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a common mental condition, marked by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. According to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as much as 11 percent of children who fall in the age group of four to seventeen have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at least once at some point in their lives.
Living with ADHD can be a struggle in one’s everyday life. It’s difficult to concentrate and focus, and anxiety is, more often than not, a by-product of ADHD. And despite various treatments available for ADHD patients, including medication and therapy or a combination of both, not all have successfully benefited from such forms of treatments. Does this mean that there is no hope for an effective treatment for people who don’t respond well to modern medication and therapy? Does this mean that they have no hope to ever live life normally, without having to struggle excessively just so they can focus and not fidget around constantly?
Fortunately, there is an organic option, which, studies have shown, can effectively help in dealing with symptoms of ADHD. This organic option is a component found in the cannabis plant – cannabidiol (CBD). Let’s learn more about CBD, its legality, and how it can help with ADHD.
What Exactly is CBD?
CBD belongs to a group of various compounds known as cannabinoids, found in different plants, most commonly in cannabis. The effects CBD has on our bodies are rather interesting and more complicated than that of its counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is because it makes the body use its own endocannabinoids in a more effective manner.
Our body produces cannabinoids naturally on its own, known as endocannabinoids, through a system called endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system does not only help produce endocannabinoids but also converts them into certain signals which can be captured and understood by its endocannabinoid receptors.
Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal?
CBD hemp oil is completely legal in all 50 states of the US when it is sold as a form of dietary supplement. This is because it does not have any psychogenic effects, meaning that it does not make you “high” since it is extracted from the hemp plant. Many people are confused between hemp and cannabis; the easiest way to know the difference between the two is that if the THC content is below .3 percent, it’s hemp and is considered legal. If THC content is more than .3 percent, then it’s considered cannabis and is not legal under federal law.
CBD and ADHD
Symptoms of ADHD include an inability to focus and concentrate and having a short attention span (inattention), not being able to control one’s actions and behavior (impulsivity), as well as fidgeting constantly, not being able to sit still (hyperactivity). These are just common symptoms. It may manifest differently in various patients.
For this 2014 study, researchers used 2811 cannabis users as subjects, and found that most of the subjects (who used cannabis daily) reported showing symptoms of ADHD for periods of time when they did not use cannabis. This suggests that cannabinoids can provide temporary relief to various symptoms of ADHD, allowing patients to carry out their daily functions with minimum disruption from their condition.
Another study, which studied the effects of cannabidiol and clozapine in induced deficits in social interaction and hyperactivity, found that CBD, along with clozapine, could help to inhibit hyperactivity, which was induced in rats using MK-801.
As you can see, these studies support the effectiveness of CBD as a natural, organic approach to helping ADHD patients lead normal lives.