Cannabis can help to reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) through two of its main cannabinoids, THC and CBD as well as the terpene α-Pinene.

Preliminary studies have observed a connection between these compounds and a reduction of symptoms associated with ADHD such as; hyperactivity, impulsivity, lack of focus and learning difficulties. Even though not yet fully understood, it seems a 1:1 ratio of THC: CBD has a positive effect on emotional stability, memory, focus, learning ability and stress. This is possibly due to the interaction of these cannabinoids on the CB-1 receptor of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in adult human brains, which in turn, regulates the Dopamine (DA), Serotonin (5-HT), Mu- and Delta-opioid receptors, who are all involved with the negative symptoms of ADHD. The terpene pinene seems to positively influence memory and helping the effectiveness of THC and CBD through the Entourage Effect.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that typically affects children, but can also affect adults. ADHD can have a severe impact on emotions, behaviours, and learning. While this condition is typically associated with children who struggle with paying attention and focusing, ADHD in adults is more common than might think. It is said that 4.4% of American adults and as many as 1 in 10 children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is divided into three different types:

The Inattentive type – People who experience inattentive behaviour are often characterised by an extremely short attention span and an inability to focus. This type (previously known as ADD) shows symptoms of inattention (or is easily distracted) but isn’t hyperactive or impulsive.

The Hyperactive type – This type of ADHD is characterised by hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, but not inattention.

The Combined type – A version of ADHD in which the subject shows symptoms of both types. 

Conventional treatments for ADHD are typically stimulant medications, including dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate. The exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not yet fully understood, however, it is thought a number of factors including genetics and brain function are likely causes.

However, like many medical treatments today, ADHD treatments come with several side effects which have led more people to consider some more natural alternatives, including marijuana for ADHD.

Indeed, recent studies have shown medical cannabis could be an effective alternative method of treatment for ADHD, by helpìng to boost concentration levels, productivity and focus. One piece of research on the benefits of marijuana for ADHD resulted in most of the patients who had consumed cannabis ditching their synthetic ADHD medication.

As such, there is now good reason to believe that medical cannabis could provide an alternative potential treatment for people who live with ADHD.

Before we look at how the symptoms of ADHD could be reduced with cannabis, let us first understand the forms of the condition that are most common in those diagnosed with ADHD. 

How does Cannabis improve people with ADHD

Scientific research has established a link between ADHD/ADD and low dopamine levels. People with ADHD tend to have fewer dopamine receptors than the average person. The most commonly accepted theory explaining ADHD is said to lie in the brain’s inability to regulate itself, thus being overwhelmed by too much information at once.

So how can medical cannabis provide a potential treatment for those who have ADHD?

Cannabis is made up of hundreds of different Cannabinoids and terpenes which,  through the ‘Entourage Effect’ on our endocannabinoid system (ECS), can stimulate dopamine receptors – leading to increased levels of dopamine in the body.

They can also help to slow the mind sufficiently for better focus and to level out mood swings. Various concoctions of cannabinoids and terpenes can be more useful for different symptoms. Pinene is a terpene mainly known for improving focus, attention and memory. Limonene is also thought to produce similar effects.

Finding the perfect strain does require a little trial-and-error, so it is really important to know what effects and experience it is you are looking for. 

What kind of cannabis strain is the best for people with ADHD?

THC-dominant strains can be beneficial in improving focus for some and distracting for others. If you find THC strains are causing your mind to be overly racy or cloudy,  try a different strain or experiment with a smaller dose. 

A CBD dominant strain usually contains far less THC and is unlikely to produce a euphoric high but could be helpful for someone looking to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

A more balanced THC/CBD strain is known to offer only mild psychoactive effects, making it an ideal choice for someone who just wants a little bit of increased cerebral activation and focus. 

If you´re looking to treat ADHD or you know people diagnosed with the condition, we have compiled a list of some of the best medical marijuana strains that could help to provide relaxing effects and help reduce the symptoms of ADHD. 

Green Crack

It is said that this somewhat controversially named sativa dominant hybrid strain was coined by the rapper and famous “cannabis enthusiast” Snoop Dogg because of the strains energetic effects. Whether the Snoop myth is true or not, there is no question that Green Crack is an energising sativa strain that is thought to be great for improving mental clarity and encouraging productivity.

Green Crack is said to be a highly creative strain that increases focus, and encourages creativity. This fruity flavoured strain is said to be an ideal mood booster and is used to treat both stress and depression. With THC levels averaging out at 17%, Green Crack is characterised by a sweet tropical citrus flavour and aroma that is the result of its terpenes myrcene, caryophyllene and ocimene. 

Having the ability to sharpen senses and focus makes this intensely stimulating sativadominant strain one of the best marijuana strains for ADHD. 

Sour Diesel for ADHD

Also known as Sour D, Sour Diesel is another energising hybrid sativa strain that is said to be highly effective in treating ADHD. Named after its robust and diesel-like aroma, this so-called super strain (THC levels around 20%, CBD content less than 1%) was born in the early ’90s and is thought to have emerged as the product of Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk. 

This fast-acting sativadominant strain provides an invigorating high that has helped to establish this strain as a market leader amongst medical patients. 

However, Sour D is a particularly potent flower so be careful with your dosing on this powerful sativadominant strain. With a terpene profile that is rich in caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene, Sour D possesses something of a pungent peppery yet luxurious woody scent. 

For those suffering from ADHD, Sour Diesel is thought to be one of the best strains for focusing and providing added mental clarity. As such, it could provide some welcome and much needed relief for those living with ADHD. 

Stress Killer CBD

This high in CBD medicinal strain could be a great choice for someone looking to treat the symptoms of ADHD while using a mellow strain that offers far fewer psychoactive effects.

A citrusy sativa dominant hybrid that is the combination of Lemon Haze, Juanita la Lagrimosa, and Ruderalis, Stress Killer CBD contains approximately 16 % CBD with around 11% THC. 

This popular medicinal strain produces a pungent lemon and haze aroma that is the result of its terpene profile which includes limone and terpinolene and with a near to 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, this sativa dominant strain is considered an ideal choice for ADHD and is perfect for smoking during the day with its ability to calm the brain and increase focus. 

Used for a number of medical conditions, this high in CBD strain (as the name might suggest) is ideal for reducing stress, clearing the brain and encouraging clearer and happier thoughts. 

Black Jack

Our final selection is one of the more potent indicadominant strains that is the spawn of its hugely famous parents, Black Domina and Jack Herer. 

With the THC content of this indica dominant hybrid approaching 20%, Black Jack is known for its potency and long-lasting, relaxing effects

This well-crafted hybrid has inherited an intense cerebral effect from its Jack Herer parent, providing a quick lift of energy that can spark creativity and inspiration as it increases focus.

From its Black Domina parent, this deliciously fruity indica strain provides a relaxed, full-body experience that can help your mind to achieve more clarity and peace as it increases focus.  Indeed, user testimony suggests that Black Jack could be the perfect strain to use as a treatment for ADHD. 

This strong and flavourful plant provides plenty of medicinal potential thanks to the calming effect of its terpene profile which includes terpinolene, caryophyllene and ocimene. The presence of terpinolene adds to this strains piney, smokey aroma. 

If you suffer from ADHD or other medical conditions and you have considered using medical cannabis to treat ADHD, these are just some of the more potent strains that we recommended if you want to try marijuana for ADHD. 

Don`t forget to visit our growing community and webshop where you can learn how to grow marijuana and discover our extensive range of cannabis seeds and potent strains. Our wide selection includes popular choices like Jack Herer, Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, Lemon Skunk and Gorilla Glue.

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