What is ADHD?
ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a disorder of the brain that can make it difficult for children (and adults) with the disorder to focus. They may have difficulty paying attention, staying seated or getting organized. There are three different subtypes to this disorder. A child with the hyperactive subtype might have difficulty with impulse control, taking turns or staying in his seat. Children with the inattentive subtype are generally quieter and less likely to draw attention to themselves but are often “lost in space.” They may not remember a set of directions or stay on task and can easily fall behind on school work. The third subtype includes symptoms of both the first two subtypes.
Treatment for ADHD
Drugs are among the most prescribed treatment for ADHD. Commonly prescribed drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are stimulants. Some of the drugs used to treat ADHD are even classified as amphetamines. Possible side effects of these drugs can include anxiety, agitation, sleep loss, loss of appetite, nausea, dizziness, increased blood pressure and in some cases even psychosis. While these medications may help to show some improvements in symptoms, it is no wonder many parents are hesitant to jump on the medication bandwagon.
One Drug-Free Solution
CBD oil has been gaining traction as a possible treatment for ADHD. Among the many benefits that can potentially be derived from cannabis oil, is the possibility for easing the symptoms of ADHD. It is believed that the difficulty with memory and concentration found in ADHD is the result of lower levels of hormones such as dopamine and norepinephrine which regulate most cognitive functions and alertness, respectively. CBD can activate receptors in the brain that manage things like anxiety and depression, both of which affect the symptoms of ADHD.
Isn’t CBD Oil Derived From Pot?
CBD is only one of the 104 compounds derived from the cannabis plant. The manufacturing process can exclude THC, the compound associated with the sensation commonly known as “getting high.” A good quality CBD oil can be used as any other nutritional supplement without the risk of euphoric side effects.
Does CBD Oil Work?
While research is ongoing, there is reason to hope. Many people who suffer from ADHD and have not responded well to conventional medications, have reported better focus and concentration. They also report feeling calmer and having better, more restful sleep.
One study in Germany in 2014 found that participants experienced an easing of symptoms such as impulsivity and hyperactivity. Other studies indicate that CBD can help patients sleep better– a difficulty that is often reported by sufferers of ADHD. Other trials suggest that CBD can be helpful in dealing with anxiety— another disorder associated with ADHD.