ADHD or “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” is the most common mental disorder in children. It is closely related to ADD or “Attention Deficit Disorder” and diagnoses are increasing substantially. But also more and more people discover the working of CBD for ADD/ADHD.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the amount of ADHD diagnoses has risen dramatically since 2003, up 43% by 2011. Especially amongst girls the increase was sharp.
Approximately 11% of children between 4 and 17 have ADHD, but only 4.4% of adults have the condition. There are three times more boys with ADHD and ADD than girls. ADHD patients are unable to control their impulses and are hyperactive. These children often have an altered activation level and lack of concentration that interferes with functioning or development.
Parents of children with ADHD are three times more likely to seperate or divorce than parents of children without it, according to Dr. Russell Barkley.
About 17.5% of diagnosed children do not receive any medical treatment, neither medication nor mental health counseling. Although scientists have not been able to affirmatively determine the root cause of ADD/ADHD, some factors have been established that can contribute to the illness:
Genes – 40% of ADHD children have at least one parent with ADHD
Use of following substances during pregnancy: -Alcohol, -Cigarette smoking, -Narcotics
During pregnancy being exposed to environmental toxins
At a young age being exposed to environmental toxins
Full Spectrum CBD for preventing and reversing ADD/ADHD
There has been little scientific research on ADHD and ADD in relation to cannabis and CBD. Most of the studies are related to THC and focus on ADHD symptoms that THC can cause in children/people without this diagnoses.
This effect, however, was partly researched in a 2007 study, showing that people with ADHD cause, for example, statistically more car accidents. The specific case study of a person showed abnormal driving behavior when sober, provided average and above average results in functions related to driving after having taken THC, a reversed effect of people without this diagnosis.
Very little research has been done on cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid of the cannabis and hemp plant, in relation to attention deficit disorders. Anecdotal evidence, however, is plentiful on the internet, indeed suggesting that CBD has better effects on ADHD and ADD than THC. Some of the cannabidiol effects are CBD pain relief, CBD anxiety relief, anti-inflammation, nerve restoring, nausea relief etc. etc.
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Most of the regular ‘big pharma’ medication that is prescribed for ADD/ADHD are stimulants, such as amphetamine salts with severe side effects like:
Decreased appetite / Weight loss
Sleep problems / insomnia
Long-Term Side Effects:
Severe weight loss / Malnutrition
Serious heart and blood pressure problems
The National Institute of Health (NIH) says lack of dopamine is the cause of ADD/ADHD, and other sources clinically proved that CBD promotes the production of dopamine naturally. The anecdotal success is therefore supported by scientific credibility.
Dr. David Bearman, M.D. explains that many patients told him that school and university result greatly improved due to the use of medical marijuana (CBD rich) as they could concentrate a lot better.
According to Dr. David Bearman, M.D. “ADD/ADHD patients make very good CEO’s and entrepreneurs, and they are very creative”, quoting a NewsWeek article.
A study carried out in 2013 amongst 2811 self-medicating cannabidiol users indicates that it has helped in the management of impulsive and hyperactive behaviors.
A German study in 2015 amongst 30 participants showed that 22 of the 30 participants would prefer medical cannabis over pharmaceutical medication, and were even ready to discontinue their prescribed medicine. The majority experienced reduced impulsivity and improved concentration and sleep.
In a 2017 study 30 adults that were unresponsive to regular medication used cannabis. An improvement was seen with sleep, concentration and they were less impulsive. The study concluded it was able to provide preliminary evidence supporting the self-medication theory of cannabis in ADHD patients.
Also ADD/ADHD studies show that CBD in combination with small quantities of THC, have better results, whilst any psychotropic effects are avoided due to the small quantities of THC and other health-promoting cannabinoids.
Full Spectrum CBD (cannabidiol) is therefore ideal, as it contains besides the large main concentration of CBD tiny amounts of several other cannabinoids, contributing to the overall CBD health benefits.
Unlike many (almost all) pharmaceutical drugs, cannabidiol cannot be overdosed and has virtually no side effects. However, why take too much if it is not necessary? We, therefore, recommend establishing the minimum amount your body needs to get the desired effects.
Like with many diseases or disorders, ADD/ADHD comes with mild symptoms and in severe forms. The CBD dosing, therefore, needs to be adjusted to the severity of the disorder on a case by case basis. Mild cases usually see good results after three weeks of taking 40 mg per day, whilst patients with severe ADD/ADHD have reported the need to take more than 100 mg per day.
Unlike cannabis oil dosing for CBD cancer treatment, there is no need to follow a strict roadmap to avoid strong psychoactive effects as CBD is not psychoactive and cannot be overdosed. Especially for treating children, people ask us “how to take CBD oil?”. CBD oil can be taken in different ways like sublingual dropping, or mixing with food are popular ways of consuming it among kids.
It is best to split the daily dosing into two or three intakes a day and reduce the amount after three weeks if the symptoms have significantly reduced or vanished completely. In case you see after three weeks only medium results, consider increasing the dosing and continue for another three weeks. The maintenance dosing that for most people is enough to keep the symptoms at bay and lead a normal life is 20 – 25 mg per day.
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Success Stories of ADD / ADHD Patients
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Overview of Scientific Studies and Reports
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