The medicinal properties of marijuana have been studied for over four decades now. Many of the therapeutic effects of cannabis sativa, as claimed by users, have been debunked and some have been proven to be true. In recent years, cannabidiol has attained a similar mystical status as marijuana once did. CBD is one of the over hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa. It is also found in industrial hemp, which is legal in the United States. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of cannabidiol or pure CBD oil and other similar products in the treatment of two kinds of epilepsy. This has raised the hopes of advocates favoring the legalization of cannabidiol and its use for different medical conditions.
Cannabidiol is not strictly illegal. It is a regulated substance. It is not a psychotropic. The psychoactive substance in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol. Pure CBD does not contain the psychoactive chemical and is hence not intoxicating. Due to the interacts of cannabidiol and the natural endocannabinoid system in the human body that regulates some cognitive functions and plays a role in many feelings, both physical and mental, many people are wondering and also spreading the word that it may be good for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Whether or not cannabidiol is good for ADHD is not yet known. There is practically no scientific research or clinical study that has looked into the potential use of cannabidiol for ADHD. But many people are trying it nonetheless. Some are even reporting enhanced focus and more sustained energy. People have reported feeling calmer or less restless than they are. Some who have been diagnosed with ADHD have experienced more balanced motivation. Cannabidiol does restore the normal functioning of the endocannabinoid system and hence can improve cognitive functions. Yet, these are not proven in the context of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Professor of psychology Mitch Earleywine says that no data is available to support using cannabidiol or CBD products for ADHD. He is presently a member of the advisory board of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws and teaches at SUNY-Albany. Dr. John Mitchell, a leading member in the ADHD Program of Duke University, echoes Earleywine but also uses a real example. One patient of his tried cannabidiol without seeking approval and supervision. The patient remained anonymous but described her experience. She had bought a vial of thirty gel tablets for fifty dollars. She took them over the course of few weeks. She did not experience any positive changes. There was seemingly no effect on the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or the condition itself. She also did mention that there was no side effect. She had not experienced anything unpleasant and her condition did not worsen.
The fact that the patient did not experience any negative effect is not surprising. Even those doctors who do not recommend using cannabidiol for ADHD agree that CBD has very few or no side effect. Most people do not experience anything adverse. This often leads people to try CBD oil and other such products, without fully understanding if there is any long term impact. CBD has little long term adverse effect. It is THC that has potentially harmful consequences and CBD does not contain it. THC is removed from the cannabis sativa extract to have pure cannibidiol or CBD oil.
While doctors and some patients do not advocate the use of cannabidiol, there are others who claim to have experienced some relief. There are people who say they felt relaxed and less manic. Assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology, Dr. Robert Carson says that there are anecdotal evidences but those are not sufficient to arrive at an irrefutable inference. His team at Vanderbilt University had studied the effects of cannabidiol on epilepsy. He coauthored the 2018 study. Dr. Carson explains that many conditions can have the symptoms regulated or better managed with some form of therapy. Since cannabidiol is being used as a supplemental form of treatment and not as a direct cure, there are pleasant effects on the symptoms in many cases and not just for ADHD. However, studies have to establish the correlations before there can be any widespread recommendation by the medical fraternity.
Ryan Vandrey (Ph.D.), who is a member of the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, says that there has been no clinical or scientific data yet to prove either the efficacy or the safety of using cannabidiol or any CBD product in ADHD treatment. Cannabidiol is being propagated by many as a useful remedy for the symptoms. However, even the most ardent supporters of CBD products have not said that it is a cure for ADHD. CBD certainly does not have any of the psychotropic side effects of THC and other drugs so more people are willing to try than wait for any scientific data.