Everybody knows that the number of states throughout the U.S. is decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. In addition to that, more medical studies are being conducted in order to understand the full effects of marijuana. The latest study was taken place in Germany, where scientists studied the effects of marijuana on 30 patients with ADHD who did not have much success with treatments such as Adderall and Ritalin.

100% of the patients reported “improved concentration and sleep” as well as “reduced impulsivity” after using medical marijuana, according to the report. Other results show that 22 of the patients decided to stop using any medication that they were previously prescribed and completely switched over to medical marijuana to help with their conditions.

Although a small group was tested, this study gives insight into some of the first data of the potential that cannabis has in treated ADHD, “which, as we know, is characterized by difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and forgetfulness.” Dr. David Bearman is a cannabinoidologist and specializes specifically in research on the effects of marijuana. Here he explains how marijuana can play a significant role in treating ADHD-related symptoms due to dopamine levels:

“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine. 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.”

In other words, cannabinoids may equalize dopamine levels in the brain for people who have ADHD. At the moment, only two states (California and Colorado) allow for medical marijuana to be prescribed to treat ADHD, but if studies such as this one continue to be released, that number may very well expand

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