Over the years, it has been concluded by the doctors and researches that ADHD/ (ADD) – Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder is a condition that gets triggered by the lack of dopamine-producing chemicals in the prefrontal region of the brain. Naturally, it is believed that the medication helping increase dopamine production could help relieve symptoms of ADHD/add.
However, according to many surveys, children and young adults have reported side effects to these medicines, such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, or weight loss. It’s also observed that to avoid expensive ADHD family and behavioral therapy, people with the disease tend to use cheap and instant effective coping strategies.
These coping strategies include Medical Marijuana. Yet, to this date, there is no official term as a weed doctor introduced. Despite Marijuana working as a friendly short term medicine, it has its consequences.
How Does Marijuana Work?
Marijuana helps to boost dopamine in the human brain. The substances in this drug lead the mind to get a pleasant sensation. Although this process sounds innocent, Marijuana tends to work as a gate-way drug since, according to the survey, most of the alcohol addicts were those who were already familiar with Marijuana as compared to the people who were not.
What Are The Marijuana Risks?
Marijuana creates adverse effects on the brain, especially the child’s mind. Its use has reported a slower cognitive development, an increase in anxiety and psychosis, loss of IQ in few cases, and last but not the least attention, learning, and memory problems.
Why Is Marijuana Considered To Be ADHD Medicine?
There are many reasons why Marijuana is used as a relief in the number of people dealing with ADHD. People say it works faster than any other medicine or doesn’t have any side effects while they feel fully able to function right after taking their dose. Moreover, people tend to have improved focus.
However, this evidence hasn’t been strong enough to start prescribing THC i.e., tetrahydrocannabinol officially. According to the constant research, it’s been said that Marijuana has severe long term effects on anyone who takes it regularly. Those adverse effects include; it loses its efficiency once the brain gets used to it, increases the risk of drug dependence, or can make your ADHD a chronic disease since you never gave yourself the position to fight it on your own.
People who frequently use Marijuana are mostly self-prescribed since Marijuana is still illegal in most parts of the world, even if it’s for medical purposes. However, the research is in the process.
Doctors and scientists suggest that CBD i.e., cannabidiol, can be used for ADHD. CBD is found in Marijuana and hemp, but unlike Marijuana, CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive element THC. In that case, ADHD symptoms could be relieved without having to experience the ‘high’ caused by Marijuana. The main hurdle in introducing CBD in place of THC is the paradoxical absence of the psychotic element in CBD, which also makes it less attractive.
Bottom line- Marijuana Benefits?
Most of the young adults dealing with ADHD/ADD take in Marijuana despite acknowledging it as a severe drug gate-way because people dealing with mental health problems don’t realize what long-term harms are. The thing which makes Marijuana beneficial is that it helps with hyperactivity and impulsivity.
However, it should be highly considered that Marijuana shouldn’t be given to the kids facing ADHD; it is a poor decision to feed their undeveloped brain an unnatural, unmedicated herb. Only people who are comparatively safe from marijuana consumption are those who age 25 or more.