Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that affects approximately 3-16% of adults and approximately 11% of children in the United States. People diagnosed with ADHD often have trouble concentrating, being organized, remembering things, and remaining still for any length of time. ADHD may impact a patient’s function in academic and work settings and decrease their overall performance.
How CBD May Help Manage ADHD
It turns out that cannabinoids like CBD may help treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In a study using a product called Sativex, an oral spray containing both THC and CBD, researchers found that some adults with ADHD were able to obtain symptom improvement.
There is additional evidence that CBD may be effectively improve memory skills, which is relevant for ADHD treatment since memory deficits are a common symptom. In multiple research studies, CBD has been shown to improve memory deficits associated with THC consumption. In a 2017 animal study, CBD was found to improve social interaction and working memory in rodents, which is another common deficit in those suffering from ADHD.
Although there is still a lot that we don’t know about how CBD works in the body, many ADHD patients have reported in case study outcomes that CBD offered them significant symptom relief, and reduced reliance on pharmaceuticals to treat their ADHD. In 2016, researchers studied posts in online forum discussions about CBD and ADHD, and found that 25% of the posts reviewed showed that cannabis helped treat their ADHD symptoms, while only 8% said that it made their ADHD worse, and 2% claimed that cannabis had no effect.
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