Both adults and children seek out CBD to help deal with the symptoms of ADD and ADHD. Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorders are extremely common, affecting between 6% and 11% of U.S. children in America. The most common medical treatments for anxiety in the U.S. are the use of pharmaceutical drugs like stimulants (amphetamines), antihypertensive drugs, and cognition enhancing medications. However, it’s important to realize that these pharmaceutical drugs often have severe side effects and are not your only option for treatment. In addition to self-care and therapy, you can incorporate CBD into your treatment regimen for natural, plant-based ADD/ADHD relief.
While we could always benefit from more research on CBD and ADHD, we turn the few medical studies that have been conducted over the past six years. These studies evaluated CBD’s medical efficacy in treating those who suffer from ADD and ADHD. We will address the results below.
A 2012 study looked at the effect of cannabidiol on rats treated with MK-801, a custom formula designed to mimic the effects of ADHD. “Results showed that the MK-801- (0.3 mg/kg) treated rats displayed reduced social investigative behavior, hyperactivity as well as reduced attention span. Pretreatment with the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (3 mg/kg) not only normalized social investigative behavior but increased it beyond control levels. Both cannabidiol and clozapine inhibited MK-801-induced hyperactivity.”
Learn more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22495620
A 2016 study randomly gave 30 adults with ADHD either a “placebo or Sativex Oromucosal Spray, a cannabinoid medication containing a 1:1 ratio of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cannabidiol (CBD). In the intention to treat analysis, Sativex treatment was associated with a nominally significant improvement in hyperactivity/impulsivity and a trend for improvement in inattention. There were further indications for improvement in activity and cognitive performance, and emotional liability.
As indicated by the studies above, CBD helps reduce hyperactivity and improve mental cognition in patients suffering from ADD/ADHD.
When formulating a CBD regimen for a specific disease or illness like ADD/ADHD, it’s important to understand that CBD should be used regularly for maximum relief. Meaning it should be used as a preventative first – it can also be used to manage acute symptom flare ups, but the preventative maintenance is most important! Think about it like any other dietary supplement or medication, you want to establish a baseline concentration in your system.
In order to manage the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD, we recommend ingesting our full spectrum CBD oil daily in the form of Tincture. We suggest those suffering from ADD/ADHD start with 15mg per day of CBD. If relief is not felt at this dosage, we suggest increasing by 5-10mg until the desired effects are achieved. There is no harm in starting above the 15mg CBD threshold as you cannot overdose on CBD, nor are there any serious side effects. These ingestible products provide sustained symptom relief for several hours – many people find they provide relief for the whole day! The one thing to keep in mind with ingestible CBD products is the delayed onset time – it can take up to 90 minutes for the full effects of the tinctures or capsules to be felt.
In addition to the daily ADD/ADHD management program outlined above, many people find they still need a safe way to manage acute flare ups. Whether it’s triggered by environmental conditions or something else – we recommend vaporizing CBD to combat these acute ADD/ADHD flare ups. The benefit of vaporizing or dabbing CBD is that the relief can be felt almost instantaneously.
You can also ingest more CBD in the form of tinctures to combat these episodes; just keep in mind that the onset time will be significantly longer than vaporizing.
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