In an era where notifications are constantly buzzing on our cell phones, our attention is being pulled in multiple directions at any given moment, and overstimulation is extremely prominent
it’s no surprise that diagnoses of ADHD have increased 42% in eight years. Thankfully, the natural and therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, better known as CBD, are proving to be an effective option in bringing focus and relief to the ADHD-ridden mind. (1)
While studies are still in the early phases, understanding the link between CBD and ADHD doesn’t have to be overly complex. Let’s dive in and keep it simple.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is often thought of as a childhood disease, however, 4% of US adults also suffer daily symptoms. (2)
Regardless of whether hyperactivity is present or not, ADHD often affects school-aged children and is the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder for children. (3)
Sufferers of ADHD must learn to adapt to difficulties in paying attention, remembering seemingly simple tasks, being over-compulsive and more. This often leads to difficulties in school, at work, and in relationships.
Currently, managing ADHD requires a combination of medications and behavioral therapy. A 2012 study estimated that caring for ADHD can cost up to $2,000 for children and over $4,000 for adults every year. (4)
These costs add up. Medication, tutoring, therapy, and specialists can all be a part of a standard treatment plan. The FDA has approved numerous medications to treat ADHD; however, everyone responds to medication differently and it can be a challenge to find what works best.
Furthermore, many medications have side effects including:
- Loss of appetite
- Increased moodiness and irritability
- …and more.
How Does CBD Counteract ADHD?
CBD naturally restores homeostasis to the body, bringing balance to the areas that may need a little more support.
Although it won’t cure ADHD, CBD could provide relief and focus for a few hours at a time, depending on usage and dosage. When used consistently, it can decrease the negative symptoms of ADHD and increase concentration in sufferers.
Additionally, ADHD side effects can include anxiety, paranoia, and depression. Studies show CBD can counteract each of these by targeting the endocannabinoid system – a key player in regulating the body’s hormones and responding to imbalances. (6)
Similar to any other medication, CBD may need to be used indefinitely. However, because cannabidiol is not addictive and has nearly no side effects, it may be one of the least harmful ways to treat the symptoms of ADHD. Consumption can be stopped at any point without any ill effects besides a return of symptoms.
CBD can be used in a number of ways including topical creams, oils, edibles, and inhalants. However, some methods take longer for the body to process or are less subtle than others. Administering a few drops under the tongue or inhaling via a vape are the easiest ways for CBD oil to be absorbed through the bloodstream and begin affecting the brain and nervous system.
What Is CBD?
While researchers explore better ways to treat ADHD, one new option is proving to be effective in the management of the condition: CBD.CBD, like THC, is one of many chemical substances known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce psychoactive effects – it cannot get you “high”. (5)
It does, however, have many natural properties with countless health benefits. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It’s also full of Omega 3s and Omega 6s, two fatty acids essential to brain health.
By targeting specific neurotransmitters, CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD can reduce anxiety and increase the ability to focus. While research is still in the early phases, it may be beneficial to add CBD to a daily routine for those who suffer from ADHD and are frustrated with traditional treatment options.
- CBD naturally restores balance to the body
- CBD cannot cure ADHD but can provide many hours of focus and relief.
- CBD is not addictive and can be used indefinitely.
- CBD can be taken in a number of ways; however, via inhalant or tincture are best for the fastest absorption.
Are There Side Effects?
Short answer: no! Your mouth may feel a little more dry than usual but compared to the many side effects of prescription medications, many people don’t even consider this to be a side effect.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, CBD can actually provide many other health benefits. CBD oil can be a positive treatment for:
While there is still more research to be done on CBD, one thing is clear: it is worth exploring as a way to help ADHD sufferers find focus and relief.