Cannabis has been shown to work wonders in the medical field, studies have shown the good and the bad of the medicinal plant. A new study out of Germany now shows that medical marijuana is actually better than Adderall in relieving ADHD.
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.
Medical marijuana is said to be more effective than the usual ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] or ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder] prescription drugs as it does not have the unpleasant side effects and the risk of infections.
Albeit a small study, patients also experienced reduced impulsivity as a result of marijuana consumption. Twenty two out of thirty patients decided to continue with their medical marijuana treatments even after the study was over, opting to use cannabis over traditional treatment.
Dr David Bearman, who is a prominent researcher in the industry, explained that effects of marijuana in treating ADHD symptoms had to do with the brain’s dopamine levels.
“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine, 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.”
In short: cannabinoids in marijuana may possibly correct dopamine shortages in the brains of people with ADHD. As of now, only two states in the U.S. (California and Colorado) allow for the treatment of ADHD with medical marijuana.
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