People with ADHD have difficulty concentrating on tasks and cannot stay still or calm, can cannabis help?
A new treatment proposes to use some molecules of the cannabis like the cannabidiol (CBD) to treat the disorder by deficit of attention with hyperactivity known like ADHD. This disorder is related to neurological development and is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity; this condition is present in about 6-9% of children and young adults, and about 5% of all adults worldwide. Science has reported that the condition may be due to a lack of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain; this neurotransmitter is involved in thought processes such as memory and attention. People with ADHD can never sit still and feel the need to always move, constantly interrupting others, not controlling their compulsive behaviors, and finding it very difficult to concentrate.
In adolescents and adults, ADHD hinders many areas, they do not realize the details, they make mistakes through carelessness, in schoolwork, at work or in other activities; they have problems maintaining attention in their tasks or games, including in conversations, meetings or long readings; they seem not to listen when spoken to directly. It is as if they do not understand what they are being told, are unable to follow directions, finish homework or schoolwork, sometimes start homework, but soon lose orientation and are easily distracted. Another thing that occurs in this condition is that they lose the objects necessary to carry out their activities being distracted in all their daily tasks.
Cannabinoids such as CBD, are active compounds in cannabis oils, these substances have shown great potential in improving the mental health of people with ADHD, since- as discussed- they can facilitate the supply of dopamine to the brain, however, it should be borne in mind that these substances, like many others in mental health cases, must be dosed in a personalized manner attending to individual effects of the patient to achieve their optimal minimum effective dose and make the treatment in the patient really effective. It is hoped that in the future, research will continue to provide evidence that CBD can be a safe treatment for ADHD.