Studies show that cannabis oil use for ADHD patients is on the rise. More studies show that cannabis oil is a miracle therapy. It is dramatically helping to manage hyperactive and impulsive behaviours.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common complaint that affects focus, self-control and other skills important in daily life. It is caused by differences in the development of brain structure and wiring. It often runs in families. Everyone has symptoms of ADHD at some time in their lives. But when a child is diagnosed with ADHD, they are experiencing symptoms in a more intense manner. This introduces challenges at school, at home and with peers. Children who have ADHD have too little dopamine in their brains. This neurotransmitter regulates attention, memory and other important cognitive actions in the brain.
Can Cannabis Therapy Calm Symptoms of ADHD?
Mallory Loflin, a Ph.D student from the University at Albany’s Department of Psychology, co-authored a study into the successful use of cannabis oil for people with ADHD. This was the first study to reveal cannabis oil success in treating humans. This was really the first study out there to link evidence from the rodent [models] to what actual human results. That cannabis therapy calms symptoms of ADHD.
It is common for ADHD sufferers to use cannabis to relieve their symptoms. But scientists have been skeptical up until now. Anecdotal evidence reveals how many people are using cannabis to self-medicate.
ADHD is a Complex Disease
According to Loflin, most people think of problems with attention when they think of ADHD. They forget there are many other symptoms. ADHD happens to consist of three different sub-types. Two of these include symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. Research supports the beneficial role of cannabis therapy in hyperactivity-impulsivity sub-types of ADHD. Researchers have linked cannabis oil use with improvements in impulse control.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that cannabinoids actually work on the area of the brain that’s responsible for self-regulating behaviour. Based on this hypothesis, Loflin and her colleagues looked at self-reports from 2,800 adult marijuana users. They divided them into groups based on ADHD-related symptoms and how often they used cannabis. They found that people who used cannabis on a daily basis – a pattern scientists refer to as self-medicating – were more likely to match the criteria for hyperactive sub-types.
Loflin believes the study supports the role of cannabis oil in helping those who suffer from hyperactive forms of ADHD. They have those symptoms only when they’re not taking cannabis oil. Self-medicating behaviour is often a sign of an undiagnosed disorder. This is one reason why the researchers decided not to ask participants about past diagnoses. ADHD is also frequently overlooked among the adult population. This leaves many sufferers unaware of their condition.
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