(This article originally appeared in AskCBD! and is republished with permission.)
In the midst of the opioid crisis, the rise in stimulant abuse among people of all ages is quietly becoming of greater concern to the populace at-large. Prescription pills such as Adderall and Vyvanse are the preferred drug of choice for late-night study sessions, supermoms trying to do it all, and business people looking to burn the midnight oil. But the effect of the medications on the human body can be devastating, as they increase the heart rate and raise blood pressure, leading to a whole host of medical problems. They are, however, the standard treatment for ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Which leads to the question: can CBD be used to treat ADHD?
The website Cannabis Now tells the story of Bevan Benton, a teenage boy diagnosed with, among other things, ADHD. His mother, who owns a store that deals in aromatherapy products, was determined to avoid sending her son down the prescription pill rabbit-hole.
“CBD was really helpful. That’s for sure,” Bevan told Cannabis Now. “The Clonidine didn’t help as much as it promised... After a while, my body got used to it, and I needed more and more of it for it to work. As I grew older, I got worse and worse. I felt sluggish, and tired all the time. Now I am completely medication free and just on CBD. The CBD helps my anxiety a lot. The day before a big test at school, I will take two drops of CBD, and I’ll be fine.”
While no definitive studies have been released to date, much anecdotal evidence exists to show the connection between CBD and a calmer, more focused child. According to GreenRush Daily, one study did loosely link the benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids to increased performance levels in children with ADHD. As per that study, the researchers noted, “...Individuals suffering from ADHD, a dysfunction with a symptomatic change in activity levels, may – in some cases – benefit from cannabis treatment in that it appears to regulate activation to a level which may be considered optimum for performance.”
As for Bevan, he insists that CBD oil continues to help him manage the symptoms of ADHD. In an interview with Cannabis Now, Bevan said that even his therapist has noticed a change in how Bevan acts since beginning to self-treat with CBD. He pays more attention and is more present, according to his therapist.
Bevan’s mother now proselytizes the benefits of CBD to her customers, hoping to teach people that there are better alternatives, not only for ADHD, but for a myriad of other ailments. “I already had a small audience, and they were thirsty for knowledge about how this misunderstood plant, this natural product, could help so many with widely varied issues. So, I did what I do best – dug into research and started offering it to my customers,” she told Cannabis Now.