Study Shows Weed May Be a Better Treatment for ADHD Than Adderall or Ritalin
With the mainstream attitude toward weed continuing to shift to a very positive (and quite lucrative) place, an apparent windfall of medical studies have unleashed their findings on the general public in the name of science. We already knew that weed may help heal broken bones, improve your parenting skills, and even bring you closer to one or many gods. But what about that potential day-wrecker known as ADHD?
“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” Dr. David Bearman explained via Leafly. “This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.” A German study cited by Metro revealed that 22 of a total 30 participants ultimately chose to discontinue their prescription medication in favor of medical weed.
Though California and Colorado are apparently the only states that currently allow this method of ADHD treatment, the success of this study should (in a perfect world) inspire additional studies aimed at influencing the powers that be elsewhere across the increasingly-in-need-of-a-smoke United States.