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Can CBD Treat ADHD?

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Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the hottest natural medicines on the market today. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant. Research has shown that CBD has many benefits that could help people who suffer from anxiety, acne, depression, epilepsy, and insomnia. However, there has been some talk online about CBD being used for the treatment of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This disorder usually affects children, teens and even adults. ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder affecting children. Some symptoms of this disorder are hyperactivity, and the inability for children to pay attention and to control their impulses.

CBD is a chemical compound extracted from the hemp plant. However, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is another compound in cannabis that gets people high. CBD is often extracted and sold in oil form or as tinctures. Research has proven that CBD can treat a variety of illnesses. One illness that CBD is popular with treating is anxiety which is a symptom of ADHD. It is for this reason that many people are of the opinion that CBD can bring relief to people diagnosed with ADHD. However, there are have been no official studies that prove that CBD can treat ADHA.

Despite the fact there has been no official research showing that CBD can treat ADHD, people are still willing to try. According to Dr. John Mitchell who is with the Duke University ADHD Program, his patients have tired using CBD to cure their ADHA without medical approval.

Although some ADHD patients have tried CBD, many have reported feeling no changes to their symptoms besides feeling a little calm. ADHD patients also say they do not feel any adverse effects from taking CBD.

“There are anecdotes that CBD may help with ADHA,” Dr. Robert Carson, assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics with Vanderbilt University. Dr. Robert is the co-author of a study into the effects of CBD on epilepsy.

“But this is true for many other symptoms or diseases. Thus, there may be patients whose ADHD symptoms improve after adding CBD, but we cannot generalize that anecdote more broadly. Secondly, the cases we’re most likely to hear about are the one where somebody had a great response- not the 10 who did not,” he added.

Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D, who is a member of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit has denied the CBD and ADHD connection. According to Ryan, no scientific claim proves that CBD can treat the symptoms of ADHD.

“I am not aware of any scientific or clinical data that would speak to the safety or efficacy or using CBD in the treatment of ADHD,” Vandrey said. “There is no scientific basis from which CBD should be recommended for use as a treatment for ADHD, nor is there any data that could speak to which product or dose would be appropriate.”

Scientists have advised that people with ADHD not use CBD in treating themselves. It is better to seek professional medical advice instead of self-medicating.