Cannabis Could Treat ADHD Better Than Adderall or Ritalin, Research Shows

Dr David Bearman:

‘ “Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” Dr. David Bearman, the head of cannabis research said. “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.” ‘

With the mainstream attitude toward weed continuing to shift to a very positive (and quite lucrative) place, an apparent windfall of medical studies have unleashed their findings on the general public in the name of science. We already knew that weed may help heal broken bones, improve your parenting skills, and even bring you closer to one or many gods. But what about that potential day-wrecker known as ADHD?

“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” Dr. David Bearman explained via Leafly. “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.” A German study cited by Metro revealed that 22 of a total 30 participants ultimately chose to discontinue their prescription medication in favor of medical weed.

Though California and Colorado are apparently the only states that currently allow this method of ADHD treatment, the success of this study should (in a perfect world) inspire additional studies aimed at influencing the powers that be elsewhere across the increasingly-in-need-of-a-smoke United States.

Subscribe to Complex for More

ADHD patients successfully treated with cannabis

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Cannabis Could Treat ADHD Better Than Adderall or Ritalin, Research Shows

  1. Very cool. Two of my favorite people are adults with ADD who have discovered by trial and error that a nice brisk sativa works just fine to focus the mind while relaxing the body. I’m tickled that research is corroborating that observation. Maybe very soon we’ll be free to set up controlled trials!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.