Marijuana May Treat ADHD Better Than Adderall

Grab a lighter and throw the pills away. 

As marijuana continues to be legalized for both medical and recreational purposes, it's healing benefits are still being studied. The latest claims that the plant may be more effective for the treatment of ADHD than conventional medications – Adderall and Ritalin. 

The latest study from Germany had a relatively small sample size (30 patients) who had limited success with the conventional drugs. All 30 patients experienced improved concentration and sleep, as well as reduced impulsivity, after beginning treatment. In fact, 22 out of 30 patients decided to continue with the treatment after the study. 

Dr. David Bearman, a figurehead of cannabis research, explained the effects of marijuana in treating ADHD symptoms as having to do with the brain’s dopamine levels to Leafly

"Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine," Bearman said. "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."

While 30 people is still inconclusive, studies like this will likely increase as legalization does as well. 

Have you tried marijuana to treat your ADHD? Let us know. 

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