Medically Speaking: Marijuana & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Mary Jon

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America’s attention is short. A staggering five percent of Americans are living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD. The fight to use medical marijuana in these conditions is still very much alive. Even though it may not be the best answer for all patients, medical marijuana assists people suffering with ADHD. The pros outweigh the cons, but, still, the debate rages on.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder boils down to poor attention span and impulse control. ADHD symptoms include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. People can suffer from one or all of the symptoms. According to the National Library of Medicine, the inattentive symptoms include failing to give close attention to details, having difficulty keeping attention during tasks, not seeming to listen when spoken to directly, not following through on instructions and failing at duties in the workplace, difficulty organizing tasks and activities, avoiding tasks that require sustained mental effort, getting easily distracted and often forgetting daily activities. The hyperactivity symptoms include fidgeting with hands, squirming in seat, and talking excessively. Lastly, if one has impulsivity symptoms they may blurts out answers before questions have been completed, have difficulty awaiting turn, and interrupts or intrudes on others conversations. All of these repercussions of ADHD can in some respects be cured with the proper use of medical marijuana.

The arguments against the use of cannabis in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are slowly being axed. Most of the opposition argues that the use of marijuana leads to more extreme drug use, the “gateway drug” argument, and is highly addictive. According to chemical dependency counselors and statistics, marijuana users try drugs, like heroin and cocaine, more likely than non-users. Also, it has been noted that marijuana is highly addictive, like other drugs prescribed. That argument, however, does not disprove the benefits of cannabis for ADHD.

Many patients’ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has been treated and regulated through the use of medical marijuana. Because of the THC levels in marijuana, patient begin to slow down and the “high” feeling alleviates rapidly firing thoughts and impulse. ADHD cannot be cured, but can be treated. Drugs that are most often prescribed are Adderall XR, Concerta, Daytrana, Desoxyn, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Focalin XR, Metadate ER, Metadate CD, Methylin, Ritalin, Ritalin SR, Ritalin LA, Strattera, and Vyvans. The two most common drugs are Ritalin and Adderall and have many side effects including loss of appetite, addiction, nervous tics, and personality changes. The side effects of such drugs can also be cured with doctor-approved marijuana use. Cannabis, like any drug, isn’t the long term solution, but the benefits certainly overshadow the arguments against.

People with ADHD should know that medical marijuana can relieve the effects of the disease. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a long-term illness, but the benefits of cannabis can assist in living a better life.

Please do not use this article as medical advice. For more information on anxiety disorder and medical marijuana benefits, please see your Physician.