ADD/ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder Overview

Commonly referred to as ADHD or hyperactivity disorder, Attention Deficit is an incessant condition with symptoms including restlessness, limited attention, and impulsiveness. ADHD typically starts during childhood but can carry on throughout adulthood. Adults usually get diagnosed with ADD - attention deficit disorder minus the hyperactivity. Millions of people living with ADD/ADHD in the U.S. have indicated extremely strained relationships, irrational frustration at work and school, and low self-esteem. Symptoms may weaken when patients grow older; however, many people never break through their conditions entirely [59].

Cannabinoids Affect Dopamine Deficiency

Research depicts a connection between the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the human brain’s management of dopamine systems. The most common aberration associated with ADD/ADHD is a limited supply of dopamine which regulates psychological mechanisms such as attention and memory. Conventional prescriptions like Ritalin and Adderall preserve dopamine secretions; however, comes with withdrawal symptoms and abhorrent side effects [60].

Experts describe the potential of cannabinoids reversing dopamine deficiencies; cannabinoid compounds attach to receptors that prompt natural production of dopamine rather than prohibit the body’s normal dopamine metabolism. When given appropriate doses and taken correctly, ADD/ADHD patients have reported increased concentration, stabilized moods, and better management of daily tasks [60].

Case Developments

A report published in Germany concludes that an individual with ADHD benefited from cannabinoid treatment which managed everyday activities to a level deemed optimum efficacy. Results also imply the essential involvement of the ECS in the study of attention deficiency [61]. Another study identified a trend of online, social interactions in which first-hand accounts describe cannabinoid use as therapeutic for ADHD - such information from direct people and patients have the potential to shift sanctions in favor of clinical, cannabinoid treatments [62].

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