ADHD and ADD are described as chronic conditions in which a person experiences difficulty with hypertension, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. The difference between ADD and ADHD is the “H” which represents physical hyperactivity.
Those experiencing ADD or ADHD might demonstrate symptoms such as continually fidgeting, excessive talking or a short temper. Additionally, they may have difficulty relaxing, playing quietly, or sitting still.
According to information published by Dr. Daniel Amen, there are seven different types of ADD.
- Anxious ADD
- Ring of Fire ADD
- Temporal Lobe ADD
- Limbic ADD
- Inattentive ADD
- Overfocused ADD
- Classic ADD or ADHD
Cannabis legalization is opening new doors for research. Hopefully, this research will help solidify what previous studies have suggested. On November 30th of 2017, medium.com published an article called “New Ground-Breaking Research: Several Studies Show Cannabis Effectively Treats ADHD Symptoms” The illustrated how cannabis was effectively helping children who have ADHD.
Cannabis May Help the Symptoms of ADD and ADHD
Current treatment methods for children who live with these conditions do not provide relief for many. Common treatments currently involve stimulant medications such as Methylin Oral Solution or Ritalin. Additionally, these pharmaceuticals are often combined with behavioural therapy.
“Common side effects of Methylin Oral Solution include nervousness, trouble sleeping (insomnia), loss of appetite, weight loss, dizziness, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision or other vision problems, sweating, skin rash, or numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands or feet.”- RX List
The side effects from Ritalin listed by Likelihood and Severity according to WebMD are as follows.
- Chronic Trouble Sleeping
- Dry Mouth
- Loss of Appetite
- Over Excitement
- Upper Abdominal Pain
America spends an estimated 42.5 billion dollars on ADHD medication annually. Additionally, this medication comes with dangerous side effects such as hallucinations, nausea, insomnia and stunted growth.
Whereas, cannabis may produce side effects such as dry mouth, dry eyes, tiredness, hunger, and occasional dizziness. Patients would welcome these sides effects, especially in comparison to taking medications that don’t always work and often intensifies existing symptoms.
Consumer reports are saying that cannabis is helping those suffering from these conditions to slow down and regain focus. Research suggests that cannabis may be just the thing to help treat conditions such as ADD and ADHD.