The world of cannabis has truly changed. No longer do marijuana enthusiasts have to buy their weed from street corners and parking lots. Instead, you can simply sit at home, with a coffee in your hand, and browse from over hundreds of options directly from your phone.
But the legalization of cannabis has resulted in newer problems. And the biggest one today is misinformation.
New strains, edibles, concentrates, and even dispensaries are entering the market everyday, making it a nightmare for the regular, self medicating consumer of weed.
Sadly, despite it becoming legal, there is very little research done on marijuana for medicinal use, and a majority of the evidence available on the internet is anecdotal.
Among the many different medical conditions plaguing humanity which can be treated using cannabis, ADHD is one of the biggest ones.
But what is ADHD? And can cannabis really treat it? And lastly, what are the best strains for ADHD patients?
All of these are good and relevant questions and we will be answering them today in this article.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD as it is more commonly known, is one of the most common behavioral disorders. Characterized through impulsive behavior, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity, the condition is most often diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 15, and is most noticeable during school.
While some children do see a reduction in symptoms as they grow up, for many ADHD lasts well into adulthood. In addition to hindering your ability to focus and function normally, it can also cause adverse effects such as anxiety and insomnia. No wonder so many marijuana strains which help improve focus are rumored to be helpful.
Unfortunately, there really is no definite orthopedic treatment or medication for ADHD. There are a number of cognitive-behavioral therapies and special tools and toys available for children, but very few for adults. Many physicians may prescribe supplicants or expensive therapies, both of which tend to be extremely expensive and not have a lasting impact.
So how do you treat ADHD with cannabis? Before we look at that, it is important to dive in a little deeper and see what causes ADHD and what its symptoms are.
What causes ADHD?
Despite it being so prevalent, ADHD was only recognized as an actual disorder in the 1960s. As a result, research in the causes of ADHD only goes back a few decades and is still in its infancy. As a result, we do not know the exact cause of the condition, although researchers have identified the following risk factors which may contribute to its onset:
- Premature Birth (before 37 weeks)
- Low Birth weight (anything below 5lbs)
- Alcohol use, cigarette or drug abuse during pregnancy
But these are not the only causes, nor are they definite ones. Nonetheless, the prevalence of ADHD among 4 to 16 year olds in Canada is more than 6%.
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD symptoms can be placed into two different categories:
- Hyperactivity and/or impulsiveness
Inattentiveness refers to having a short attention span, getting distracted easily, having difficulty remembering and organizing tasks and staying focused.
On the other hand, hyperactivity involves being unable to sit still, continuous fidgeting and excessive physical movements, and acting or talking without thinking. As a result, people suffering from hyperactivity may be unable to wait their turn, become impatient and irritable.
Cannabis and ADHD
Using cannabis as a treatment for ADHD has only grown post legalization. And while there is a large amount of anecdotal evidence present online, most of which points towards the usefulness of cannabis as a potential treatment for ADHD, the fact remains that there just isn’t enough scientific research present to make any definite claims.
According to a 2017 study in the UK, adults suffering from ADHD often have problems processing a neurotransmitting chemical called dopamine. This basically means that their brain has trouble connecting to and sending messages to different body parts. This causes hypertension, and can also explain impulsive behavior.
If dosed correctly, cannabinoids are believed to be an effective treatment for dopamine deficiency. The same study concluded that adults who used a cannabinoid based medication expressed relief in their hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
At the same time, cannabis is also known to be able to slow down the mental process, and allow for improved concentration and focus.
So while weed is not a complete cure for ADHD, it can very well be an effective, and relatively cheap treatment.
There does remain a very important question left: What are the best cannabis strains for ADHD?
Top 3 Cannabis Strains for ADHD
Before we begin, it is important to remember that not all strains have similar effects on everyone. In fact, finding the perfect strain requires a lot of trial and error.
So while the following strains are some of the most usual ones used to treating ADHD, it is possible that some of them may not do the trick for you.
Now without anything else, let’s get right down to it.
Perhaps the most famous medicinal strain, and certainly one of the most powerful ones, the Sour Diesel strain is an extremely high quality strain. Nearly a pure sativa strain, Sour Diesel has a unique cannabinoid combination, with over 26% THC, 2% CBD and up to 4% CBN content. No wonder it is quite useful against so many different conditions.
Its high is quite powerful and enjoyable too. It offers a mind boosting positivity and a never ending wave of creativity. However, it is important to go low and slow, as the effects can become too strong too quickly.
A rare, evenly balanced hybrid, Green Crack is a leading medicinal strain which is quite often used for treating conditions such as ADHD and ADD.
Containing between 16% and 20% THC content, the strain boosts creativity and emotions, and is guaranteed to provide you with the motivation and attentivity you need to take care of particularly challenging tasks.
Another high THC strain, Zkittlez is famous for many reasons. It is an extremely useful medicinal strain, and does pack an euphoric, cerebral and relaxing buzz.
But what users love most about the strain is its blend of sweet, and fruity flavors, not unlike what you would find in a skittles bag.