There isn’t a “one size fits all” when it comes to ADHD treatment, which, depending on a person’s age, can include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments. Many people rely on medications for ADHD, and there are dozens of drugs on the market, some of which have been in use for decades. But while these medications are effective, they can have side effects including weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, and appetite los. Not surprisingly, there is interest in alternative therapies for ADHD.
Blue Dream: Users say this strain delivers a strong jolt of energy, leaving them focused and motivated. This strain is useful for easing ADHD medication side effects and can also help with chronic pain.
The interest in cannabis as a remedy appears to be three-fold. Individuals with ADHD tend to have problems processing the brain neurotransmitter dopamine. Cannabinoids are believed to help correct dopamine deficiency if dosed correctly, and THC increases dopamine concentrations and activates dopamine neurons. A 2017 study conducted in the UK found that adults who used a cannabinoid medication experienced some relief in their hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms as compared to patients who used a placebo. The group using the cannabinoid medication also showed more appropriate inhibition of activity and better attention depth.
True OG: This lesser-known strain has a calming effect, allowing users to focus on simple tasks, and is also known for helping to relieve stress and reduce distraction.
Unfortunately, ADHD isn’t always something that you outgrow, and for at least one-third of children, it follows them into adulthood. The symptoms are similar, and manifest as problems managing time, being organized, maintaining structure in your life, or even holding down a job. In addition, ADHD can affect relationships, family life, and academic and career success. As many as 10 million adults living in the US have ADHD, which can also be associated with mental health issues such as depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse.
Even though there isn’t much research yet, anecdotally, users have pinpointed several strains said to help with common ADHD symptoms. These include:
In the United States, ADHD affects about 11% of all children between the ages of 4-17 years and nearly 5% of all adults. But contrary to some perceptions, ADHD is not a behavior problem, but a complex disorder that impairs the brain’s self-management system and executive functions.
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/06/2019 in Ailments and Conditions
In its raw form, cannabis may be able to slow down the mental processes in people with ADHD, which in turn may allow for improved focus and concentration. It may also help relieve the side effects of stimulant drugs by reducing stress and nausea and improving appetite and sleep. Medical marijuana and stimulant medication may work synergistically, with the drugs helping with ADHD symptoms and cannabis easing drug side effects.
Interest in marijuana has grown as a potential treatment for ADHD, but research is really still in its formative stages. However, more is being explored.
“A good herb for relaxation. Not much of a cerebral high, but what little high you do get is focused and energetic but calm.” —medicineman7, Leafly reviewer
A cross between Sour Tsunami and Harlequin, Harle-Tsu is a high-CBD strain that contains only trace levels of THC. It eases you into clear-headed calmness with little to no intoxicating effects, so you can keep your cognitive faculties intact. If you’re having trouble finding Harle-Tsu near you, try finding its high-CBD parent strains or close relative, Canna-Tsu.
Primary terpenes: Myrcene, caryophyllene, ocimene
Primary terpenes: Caryophyllene, limonene, myrcene
As you work your way through this list, also pay attention to a strain’s colors, which indicate the terpenes found in that strain. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that shape your experience by influencing a strain’s aroma, flavor, and possibly even effects. Knowing which terpenes (or colors) you gravitate toward can help you find similar strains—more strains that help you achieve that coveted mindset of relaxed focus.
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant
Primary terpenes: Myrcene, terpinolene, pinene
Cannabinoid profile: THC-dominant
Sometimes what you need to concentrate isn’t a strain that speeds your brain up—it’s one that can slow the mind down. True OG is touted among reviewers for knocking down stress and distractions for easier focus.
Which cannabis strains can help you stay focused and productive whether you're fighting ADD/ADHD or just in need of a concentration boost?