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ADHD and cannabis usage research is in its infancy. However studies that have been conducted, although limited, suggest a benefit for ADHD patients.
ADHD is Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder that is a neurodevelopmental disorder. This disorder affects the executive function which is responsible for cognitive processes that govern our daily tasks and activities. Typical symptoms include: • Inability to relax
• Mind wandering/ lack of focus
• Emotional instability A 2021 study showed that ADHD lowers the level of endocannabinoids that lead to deficiencies in dopamine and serotonin. CBD and other phytocannabinoids activate or block certain dopamine and serotonin pathways that are some of the most important neurotransmitters in ADHD. Thus, marijuana use with CBD improves ADHD symptoms by increasing the release of dopamine.
Those with ADHD need to focus on the chemovars (cannabis defined by one or two cannabinoids and two-to-four main terpenes) in the cannabis they choose.
There are three types of Chemovars: • Type I: High THC
• Type 11:THC/CBD
• Type Ill: High CBD Those suffering from ADHD need to concentrate on Type II or Ill chemovars, not whether a strain is indica or sativa leading. Individuals need to evaluate their comfort levels of being high and anxiety levels.
Best Terpenes: • Linalool
o Improves learning and memory o Depressant to central nervous system
o Anti-anxiety/antidepressant effects • Pinene
o Increases focus
o Mood boosting
o Sleep aid
o Antidepressant o Relaxation Best Strains: • Focus- terpenes- linalool, pinene and limonene
o Ringo's Gift
• Relaxation- terpenes- linalool, limonene, and betacaryophyllene
o Harmony Rose
Studies of ADHD and cannabis usage are ongoing. Recent polls show 25% of ADHD people reported positive effects while 8% reported negative effects. Positive effects reported were improved behavioral symptoms, reduced emotional instability and increased sleep.
Those suffering with ADHD need to monitor their own improvements with cannabis usage and follow the terpene profile that works best for their symptoms.
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