A new study out of England shows that cannabis could be used as an alternative to prescription medications for treating ADHD.
Lately, it seems every other day there is one study or another touting the medical benefits of using cannabis. Recently, we found out that cannabidiol (CBD) can be used to treat schizophrenia, epilepsy, addiction, and improve your cognition as you age. Now, we can add ADHD to the list, as results of a new study show that cannabis can help with the cognitive problems that arise from ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Researchers from King’s College of London looked at the neuroprotective properties of cannabis, which make it effective in treating disorders such as depression. They posited that the same properties would be useful in treating ADHD. The experimental model was pretty simple; researchers simply took a group of thirty volunteers and gave half of them a spray made from a cannabis compound. They then gave the participants a series of tests. The results showed that the experimental group saw what was referred to as “‘ Nominally significant improvement’ in both hyperactivity/impulsivity and in important cognitive factors as well as ‘a trend towards improvement for inattention,’” according to Massroots.You can read more about the results here.
These results are important because anyone who has ADHD or knows someone who has it, knows that the medications prescribed for ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall are horrible. Regardless of your opinions on the condition itself (many people think ADHD diagnoses are too broad and often unwarranted), whatever results in less people being pumped full of pills is a good thing.
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