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ADHD and Weed: What’s the Draw?

Does marijuana help with ADHD?

Posted Feb 26, 2015

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One of my therapy patients showed up for his weekly session, but he was different this time. He was unusually late. His thoughts were scattered. His eyes were red and he was hard to follow.

I knew he had a history with marijuana and we’d been working together for a long time, so I just asked him straight out.

“Well … yeah,” (giggling like a stoned teenager).

And then we talked over the next few weeks about why he was lighting up again now after years of abstinence. For him, it was to relieve stress, numb uncomfortable feelings, enhance creativity, and improve focus. His relationship with his girlfriend was in bad shape and it helped numb out the feelings. His job paid well but the demands piled up with no relief in sight and it took the edge off. It made him more creative, he said, when he played guitar with his band. It helped him sleep better. And perhaps most interesting of all, it improved his focus.

But it wasn’t all positive. He knew that it made him less motivated. Work projects took longer to complete. It helped him avoid an overdue conversation with his girlfriend about what was really going on between them. And since he started using again, he rarely achieved orgasms anymore. He was also uncomfortable about driving to work while high in the morning.

Without going all “Reefer Madness” on his use, we figured out some ways to curb his reliance on marijuana and to address the needs that pot was helping with in other ways. He still uses occasionally, especially around music, but the self-medicating quality of his use dropped significantly.

So why marijuana?

Substance use is a common side-sick of ADHD. The most commonly used drugs with ADHD are alcohol and marijuana. The link between ADHD and weed is pretty well established not just in teens, but in adults as well. Since ADHD symptoms are often treated with stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, you might guess that folks with ADHD would be most drawn to other stimulants, like caffeine, cocaine or amphetamines. But, in fact, alcohol and marijuana seem to be bigger draws. Anecdotally, marijuana (derived from cannabis plants) has been reported to improve focus in some people with ADHD.

A few recent studies have looked at who with ADHD might be more prone to regular marijuana use, but the results don’t totally match up. Also, the studies provide generalities by looking at large groups of people, so they don’t take into account personal experiences and unique life situations like those described for the guy mentioned above.

Two 2014 studies looked at marijuana use and subtype of ADHD. One at the University of Albany found that people with ADHD who used marijuana daily were more likely to have the hyperactive and impulsive symptoms of ADHD, rather than the inattentive symptoms (see Loflin, Earleywine, DeLeo, & Hobkirk, 2014 for details). So marijuana helps manage the hyperactivity and impulse control struggles that come with that form of ADHD? Well, hold on a second.

Another 2014 study suggested that having the inattentive symptoms in adulthood or childhood, as well as the hyperactive-impulsive symptoms in childhood, were associated with higher chances of marijuana use in young adults (See Bidwell, Henry, Wilcutt, Kinnear, & Ito, 2014 for details). And still other past research found links between marijuana use and behavior problems (conduct disorder), gender or smoking cigarettes, when it came to ADHD!

The fact is the relationship between ADHD and marijuana use is probably just too varied and personalized to find clearly definable groups who use and who don’t use. At least anecdotally, many patients with ADHD mention its positive impact on focus as part of the draw in using it.

Whatever the reasons are, marijuana use is not without risk. While it certainly does not carry the addiction potential of cocaine or heroin, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that about nine percent of users will go on to develop dependence (addiction) to marijuana. Also, it causes problems with cognitive functions like short-term memory, judgment, and perception. That’s a big concern for someone trying to drive, do work, or attend school while high.

Find more about marijuana use at NIDA’s website.

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  • Reply to Paul
  • Quote Paul

Cannabis and hormones

Cannabis affects you in two major ways, it increases your epinephrine making you more alert and decreases your cortisol thus inducing its medicinal properties.

Patients who take medicine for anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder and etc. need dopamine to reduce their symptoms. Dopamine decreases serotonin.

Nicotine reduces symptoms of said disorders above, dopamine is secreted when ingesting nicotine.

What’s so difficult, haha.

  • Reply to Mr. Dot
  • Quote Mr. Dot

Cannabis, Cortisol and Serotonin

In addition to cortisol being decreased by cannabis, when your cortisol is. decreased, unlike oversecreted, the likelihood your serotonin would increase.

Thus inducing symptoms of OCD, Anxiety and etc.

You’re still aware, but you’re not stressed unless you induce those thoughts. (Does not make you secrete dopamine)

  • Reply to Mr. Dot
  • Quote Mr. Dot

This is interesting and I

This is interesting and I haven’t looked into this beyond this article at this point. However, as an adult dealing with OCD, GAD, and ADD I see great improvement when using marijuana. I do take prescription medication for OCD specifically, but it doesn’t treat the ADD. When I use marijuana, I am actually able to focus much, much better than when I am only taking my prescription medication for the OCD.

Now, I am not certain if it is the fact that it reduces my anxiety, thus allowing me to focus on something rather than being distracted by other concerns, or if it is because it simply allows me to hyper-focus on something. I can get much more work done when using and I can wrap my head around some more complex issues and logic I deal with in my profession. I’ve been curious why that is, thus why I’m here looking at these articles.

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  • Quote CPO

Which Strain are you using?

A person well known to me suffers from ADD (without the H!) and social anxiety. The ritalin he gets for ADD helps that but increases the social anxiety to the point that hes incapable of doing anything that involves another person. His doctor wanted to add Xanax to the Ritalin, but the patient is worried about interactions and side effects of the two. Hes been looking into Trainwreck, Jack Herer and K-train as an alternative but those 3 are rare on the black market (no legality what so ever here). I’ve found Mad Jack to be extreamly focused but in higher doses its nearly a sure thing for paranoia.

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

9/9/16 Comment on marijuana, ADD and OCD

I just stumbled across your comment on an article in Psychology Today and am wondering if your opinion has changed in any way over the past two years. I am interested as my teenage son has OCD, anxiety and has ADHD Inattentive. He is on medication to help his anxiety/OCD but we haven’t found anything to help his ADHD and he feels marijuana is the only thing that helps. I’m skeptical about this being a long term fix without creating other issues such as dependency, etc. Your thoughts are very appreciated.

  • Reply to Julie
  • Quote Julie

RE: comment on marijuana OCD/ADD

Sorry I took so long to reply. No, neither my opinion nor my experience has changed in the slightest. I don’t really like the term “marijuana”, as that was the term used to get it prohibited in the first place. I can understand your worry about addiction but your confusing addiction and dependence here. Addiction is an obsessive/compulsive behavior that’ll be repeated despite negative consequences. You know this behavior from OCD already. Dependence is a psychological/emotional or, in some cases, a physical need for a substance. Cannabis can cause an psychological/emotional dependence in a small portion of its users. This is especially true of people using it against mental illness. That psychological dependence however is absolutely nothing compared to many antidepressants and is water compared to benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines can cause a physical dependence and the withdrawal can be deadly if not done properly.
The main problem I see in your case (and in mine) is legality. On the black market it can be extremely difficult to find suitable strains. Most dealers won’t be honest about it. This leaves you with the choice of growing your own or moving to a legal state. In any case I strongly advise dosing as low as possible. The goal isn’t to get stoned, it’s to reduce symptoms and remain/become functional. Ideally no one should notice that your son has medicated.

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

In addition to cortisol being

In addition to cortisol being decreased by cannabis, when your cortisol is. decreased, unlike oversecreted, the likelihood your serotonin would increase.

Thus inducing symptoms of OCD, Anxiety and etc.

You’re still aware, but you’re not stressed unless you induce those thoughts. (Does not make you secrete dopamine)

I know this post is old, so you likely wont even see it. My experience however with cannabis is different.

Typicly when serotonin goes up libido goes down. Well my libido goes up. After a nice romp in the hay serotonin goes back up. Cannabis doesn’t numb my feelings, in fact I often find myself psychoanalysing myself, my actions and my interaction with others on a social basis.

Although I’ve never beed diagnosed with ADD/ADHD I frequently find that I’m more focused, not nessicarily on what I should be, but definately more focused.

As far as dopamin goes: I can’t say I’ve ever felt euphoria while high. Even happiness just from being high is rare. I am however capable of feeling happiness and the little things in life go considerably futher with that happiness.

Unfortunately nobody ever bothers to check the brain chemistry of the depressed. Yes, I know it’s difficult and expensive to test, but it sure would be nice if they’d do it anyway before prescribing meds that could cause someone to want to kill themselves.

I know I’ll never touch anouther antidepressant in my life.

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

“Marijuana” ist not just one sort of plant

First off I can’t comment really on what you like to call marijuana, I prefer cannabis because marijuana is a dirogatory word referring to Mexican prostitutes, and add/adhd. My experience with this god-given life saver is with PTSD and depression.

Cannabis is the parent species of 3 distinct sub-species: cannabis indica, cannabis sativa and cannabis ruderis. We’ll forget ruderalis because from a medical/recreational standpoint it’s worthless.

Both indica and sativa reduce stress. That however is where the common ground ends. Sativa strains tend to produce very focused cerebral effects. It makes for a wonderful daytime medicine for depression or ptsd, indica on the other hand often causes drowsiness making it wonderful against sleeping problems – including nightmares.

I can certainly understand that some people use cannabis sativa for add/adhd because of its uplifting, cerebral and often focused effects. Personally I’ve never found sativa to reduce motivation, however too high of a dose can cause anxiety and paranoia. Indica can demotivate because it’s typically a “lazy” body “high” that can be sedating.

Fortunately the two have been crossed to cause hybrids with a wide range of effects. Unfortunately doctors tend not to listen to their patients, and this lifesaving herb has been banned on most of the earth, appearently for no other reason then to preserve the billion dollar profits of the phamacudical industry at the cost of human lives.

My advice as a patient and someone with damned good expirience with cannabis

* quit concentrating only on the cannabiniods! The plant also contains a wide range of terpenes all with their own effects. Analyze those effects in combination with the cannabiniods. For me that’s the only explanation why trainwreck has different effects then super lemon haze.

* listen to your damned patients! I know, they don’t have 10 year degrees in psychology or psychiatry, but they’ve been their own guinipigs for years. If a patient is terrified of antidepressants because they make him want to die, kill or both then listening to him instead of adding yet another antidepressant to his list my save his life as well as yours and those of the children in the elementary school down the street!

* look at the experience of other patients, it’s out there, it’s in the fucking Internet and your loosing your patients to it because they’re getting medicine that helps illegally or they’re moving to where it’s legal.

* quit pretending your all-knowing, we know your not! The fact that a medicine is illegal doesn’t meen it doesn’t help, it just means it’s illegal. Most of us don’t care.

Sofar Prozac nearly killed me and those around me, Zoloft nearly killed those around me, and venlafaxine nearly killed me! This illegal herb saved me from all three. Since my freaking doctors wouldn’t listen to the guy taking the shit they lost a patient who wound up saving himself, luckily! I still remember getting that Baggie instead of the gun I was looking for.

If doctors were really interested in helping patients then they’d be demanding legalization instead of pushing the pHarma drugs killing said patients!

One pissed off patient!

  • Reply to Jeremy schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy schoenhaar

Article didn’t tell me anything.

that I didn’t already know.
My boyfriend who has ADHD has an on again/off again relationship with pot.
I have never smoked it, and don’t have the desire to try it.
In addition to his ADHD, which is well managed, he suffers from back pain, which can be severe at times, and OTC pain meds just don’t cut it.
Since I don’t smoke it, he thought it best to keep his smoking a secret. When I found out about it, I was pissed that he lied to me.
After lying to me about it twice, he has since been open and honest, which I appreciate.
There seems to be pain relief and benefits from using it, and I am not a prude, and have no right to judge those who use it.
Obviously, he also smokes it because he likes it.
I have heard all the comments about how pot isn’t addictive.
That said, a person can become addicted to anything.
I feel that he needs to find alternative ways of managing his pain. He has said the same.
Going to work high, driving to and from work high, is not a good thing.
I don’t like to have a conversation with him when his eyes are bloodshot, glazed over, and he is slurring his words. He doesn’t remember the conversation anyway, so why bother.

  • Reply to Celeste
  • Quote Celeste

Article didn’t tell me anything

“that I didn’t already know.
My boyfriend who has ADHD has an on again/off again relationship with pot.
I have never smoked it, and don’t have the desire to try it.”

At Least its on/off which is a sign that he’s doing something right. If you don’t feel the need/desire to try it then don’t. The purpose of what I’m writing is to try and help you understand your boyfriend.

“In addition to his ADHD, which is well managed, he suffers from back pain, which can be severe at times, and OTC pain meds just don’t cut it.”

The ADD/ADHD is likely part of the reason he got into Coke as you mentioned later. If OTC pain meds arn’t dealing with his pain then the options are cannabis or Opiates. Cannabis is here clearly the lesser of two evils. Cannbis can get psychologicly addictive, opiates get physicaly addictive and freaquently more and more is required to deal with the pain.

“Since I don’t smoke it, he thought it best to keep his smoking a secret. When I found out about it, I was pissed that he lied to me.
After lying to me about it twice, he has since been open and honest, which I appreciate.
There seems to be pain relief and benefits from using it, and I am not a prude, and have no right to judge those who use it.”

Cannabis is illegal in most of the world. That would explain why he lied about it. Think of the stigma associated with drug use. If the right strain is used then there can be serious benefits from using it ranging much further then pain management. His focas can improve and any urges to Coke can be greatly reduced. You do have a right to judge, but not until your judgement is based on solid facts instead of drug war propaganda which unfortunately continues today.

“Obviously, he also smokes it because he likes it.
I have heard all the comments about how pot isn’t addictive.
That said, a person can become addicted to anything. “

Liking something isn’t bad. Cannabis CAN be psychologicly addictive but nut physicaly. Typicaly any symptoms of a psychological addiction are gone within a few days of abstinance. While Opiate withdrawl can be deadly, with cannabis it typicaly is irriatablity, light depression and insomnia.

“I feel that he needs to find alternative ways of managing his pain. He has said the same.
Going to work high, driving to and from work high, is not a good thing.”

While being high at work isn’t good, it may be allowing hin to work. I don’t know how severe his pain is, but being under the influence of morphine at work would be considerably worse. I will, however not – for any purpose – condone driving under the influence. He should wait until he’s reached his destination, call in sick or find anouther way to work that doesn’t involve endangering himself and others.

“I don’t like to have a conversation with him when his eyes are bloodshot, glazed over, and he is slurring his words. He doesn’t remember the conversation anyway, so why bother.”

This is a clear sign that he’s taking way to high of a dose. My advise on this is:

* get a vaporizer instead of smoking
* Take it puff for puff. A single puff to 2-3 puffs is usually enough. When I’ve medicated, people can’t even tell I’ve medicated. Thats the way it should be. It’s perfectly ok to take one puff off a joint and then put it out and wait. It will affect taste however and that isn’t the case with a vaporizer. Chances are good that after he reduces his dose it will be much easier to have a meaningful conversation with him. It’s a lot like alcohol in that sense; if someones had 1-2 beers its easier to have a conversation with them then when they’ve had half a bottle of whiskey.

The dose determines the poison. He’s dosing to high and needs to reduce his dose. My advice to you specificly:

* Try to understand him and his reasons for consuming. Most drug-abuse is in fact self-medication.
* Finding the right dose when self medicating can be very difficult.
* Don’t be judgmental without being completely informed.
* Invite him to be open with you about his consume. Do not feel pressured into partaking though. A persons choice to consume is just that – a choice.
* Help him find a doctor that understands medical cannabis.
* Try not to view it as a drug of abuse. While it can be, and frequently is, abused; it’s a medicine. He just didn’t get any instructions for proper use when he baught it.

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

Thanks for the reply

Thanks for your insight, and responding without criticizing me. I love my boyfriend, and want to understand him better.

We aren’t kids anymore, (50). A little more info on his prior cocaine addiction.
He became addicted after a co worker introduced him to it, to relieve the pain from a broken jaw. The co worker gave him some to rub on his gums, and eventually he was snorting it as well. He was in his 20’s at the time, and almost everyone he worked with was using something. pot, cocaine, alcohol, heroin. (He was a DJ in a strip club)
He has used a vaporizer.
I agree that I shouldn’t be able to tell when he medicates. I would prefer this. Also, I have a 14 year old daughter that I don’t want exposed to it.
The only problem I’ve had with him is that I want him to be fully present when he is with me. I don’t want to question if it is him acting normally, or if its him high.

  • Reply to Celeste
  • Quote Celeste

Re: Thanks for the reply

Theres nothing to Criticize. I read your comments as fealing rather helpless and criticizing you won’t help either you, your boyfriend nor the legalization movement. We all need to quit pretending cannabis is harmless or the devils lettuce. It’s neither. It’s not a cure-all nor is it a sure path to hell.

If he was using cocaine to numb jaw pain then thats legit. It does numb. Now the question would be how often and for what purposes did he snort it? Often times people with ADD/ADHD, amoungst others, self-medicate. The problem isn’t so much the medication, but rather the dose. I’ve known several people who occasionaly used recreational cocaine with out any problems. Unfortuanately I wasn’t one of them.

The first step to you not noticing when he’s medicated is getting the dose set. Its alot like any other medicine in that respect. What dose is theraputic? With most medicines that dose is known. A doctor can tell you straight out

how much Xanax is needed to reduce anxiety. Cannabis self-medicators and even patients are left to the sharks. Thats why I say he should start with a single puff and wait. He can always smoke (or vape) more if needed.

Your daughter is more likely to be exposed to illegal drugs by friends and aquatances then from your boyfriend. My advise here is to have an honest talk with your daughter. The information presented should be as up to date and informed as possible.

* recreational cannabis is no differant then recreational drinking. The dose makes the poison. A beer after work is different then a sixpack for breakfast. Cannabis is no different. Moderation is the key.

* No drug is appropriate for youth unless there is a medical need. Neither cannabis no any other drug is harmless. Some drugs cause more harm then others but none, including asperin, are harmless. The juvenile brain is still developing, intoxication can negativly effect that development.

* Even when a drug is used as a medication its not harmless.

* The best place to experiment is at home, where a clear limit can be set.

* If your not 100% sure there are no adulterants in it, it should be considered unsafe and should not be consumed.

* Some people need cannabis or opiates as medicine. Nevee judge a person that uses a substance unless you’ve waalked in his/her shoes and really understand their circumstances.

Your boyfriend needs to find his dose. That will likely mean underdosing at first. Try having him take a single puff off a vaporizer when he’s in pain and then waiting 15 minutes. Then talk to him. Try and determine then what his pain level is and weather he seems present. If his pain level is still high then he can follow with a second puff. Then repeat.

That will, eventually, reach the point that both of you are more comfortable.

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

Reply

When he was addicted to cocaine in his twenties I assumed he was using it because everyone else around him was using it. The strippers were snorting coke the bartender was snorting coke the bouncers at the club were snorting coke. almost everyone there was doing it. He loved the money he was making while he was working there but after he got clean he couldn’t go back to it because it was not an environment conducive to a a person in recovery.

  • Reply to Celeste
  • Quote Celeste

While peer pressure would

While peer pressure would certainly explain use, addiction is a lot more complicated. As I’ve said, I know nummerous people that used Coke recreationaly without developing any problems from it. Its alot like the guy that plays poker once a month and blows 20-50 bucks from his check vs. the guy that plays daily and goes into debt.

since it was 30 years ago it’ll be hard to say what other social aspects came into play (poverty, depression, etc).

My personal coke use was 20 years ago. Fact is Coke replaced something for me. Today, not infrequently, cannabis replaces coke. It reduces the urges that flare up with depression (nothing temporarly kills depression like coke).

Drugs addiction, much like gambling addiction or sex addiction, is a symptom. The reason for so many relapses is that we treat the symptom and ignore problem.

It was no differant with me. Pot, coke and LSD were replaced with Lithium and Zoloft which consequently made me want to kill and die. After several unsuccessful (and very dangerous) attempts with antidepressants, I went back to pot. It took a while to find my dosage, but at least I never wanted to drive from a freeway bridge or “practice” shooting in a high school on pot.

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

Another thing.

I wanted to mention something else in my previous post.

In his 20’s, my boyfriend became addicted to cocaine. It almost killed him. It probably would have, if not for an intervention by his family.
I am concerned that he will become addicted, but don’t know if my concerns are valid.
Using anything to escape from reality and avoid your problems doesn’t fix the problem.
The problem is still there.
I want my boyfriend to be present when we are together.

  • Reply to Celeste
  • Quote Celeste

Re: anouther thing

Hi Celeste, it not entirely impossible that he’ll become addicted to cannabis. The possibility is there. Information is piling that cannabis may be an exit drug, that doesn’t mean though that it completely non-addictive. Was the cocaine replaced with anything? Does he still get cocaine urges? As a “former” Coke addict myself, I can tell you cannabis does a great job at reducing those urges. If ADHD is the problem then cocaine is a common self-medication. As far a cannabis goes my advice is watch the strains used. Jack herer and all-47 are two I can suggest. The dosage should be as low as possible and as infrequent as possible. Www.leafly.com can deliver more effective strains. Just use the search function

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

Rose Weel is my name, I live

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  • Quote Rose Weel

No one here needs your

No one here needs your advertisement that’s likely a scam and even if it’s not it’s almost certainly illegal.

The only thing cannabis may cure is certain types of cancer and that has not yet been tested on humans. While cannabis may treat numerous diseases, it’s only a treatment not a cure!

  • Reply to Jeremy Schoenhaar
  • Quote Jeremy Schoenhaar

Yes, cannabis is as much of a

Yes, cannabis is as much of a band – aid as other treatments for psychiatric conditions. You’re not saying anything new here, and while it may kill cancer cells, that too is un-researched territory. All drugs are treatments, not cures. Ritalin for Adhd, seroquel and anti-depressants for BP disorder, opiates for chronic pain. marijuana for all of the above..literally no different. There is no mental illness with a current cure. Get past the idiot government and realize, it is no different then any other treatment. Its effectiveness and low toxicity should not continue to be ignored.

  • Reply to jls
  • Quote jls

Really what is this?

I doubt you practice if you think addiction, and dependence are the same thing. If you do?, well I’m Just seeing if I can actually post a comment here.
As someone with adhd with marijuana as a miracle treatment, I don’t have time to waste on shit like this..
“I’m way too ADHD right now and stoned off the reefer, and I have to take my grandmothers hearing aid before she gets addicted to it. Seriously, I would rather your “article” be propaganda, than to think about all these suffering people possibly in your care. Your in a position of trust dude.. doubtful tho

  • Reply to ADHD
  • Quote ADHD

Inappropriate article for this journal

This article reeks. . a rebuke of the patient, for his/her choice of treatment when conventional treatment is ineffective, is not only unprofessional it is closed minded. U should not be teaching other people.

  • Reply to Disappointed
  • Quote Disappointed

It can be a matter of degrees

More and more states are legalizing marijuana, fortunately, mine included. Marijuana, just like anything, can be overdone. I use it approximately every two weeks to take the edge off my anxiety and depression. I use the sativa variety because it doesn’t keep me from getting things done. In fact, just the opposite, it takes away those overwhelming, helpless feelings so I can just get going. I never drive after I’ve used. I also take just enough. That might be the key, in my opinion. Possibly some take more than is really necessary, and this negatively affects relationships and other aspects of life. Anything can be overdone, but I think there are many varied benefits to marijuana when it is used wisely.

  • Reply to Morwalk
  • Quote Morwalk

Millions of people are

Millions of people are diagnosed with ADHD in the United States every year. While many conventional therapies are available, patients and cannabis specialists are shifting towards medical cannabis treatment alternatives. Although, medical cannabis is not the magic bullet for treatment of ADD or ADHD, but it can definitely help ease its symptoms effectively.

A study published in the Journal of Substance Use and Misuse 2014 analyzed cannabis use in around 2800 cannabis patients. The study showed that cannabis use may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with ADHD. For more detailed explanation, consult 420 doctors of Online Medical Card and manage your medical condition more effectively.

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  • Quote James J harper

Cannabis users

I was diagnosed with ADHD a couple of years ago, Im now 57 and though I’v always known something wasn’t quite right I had no idea I was ADHD. I research it a lot and realised that not only had both my parents been ADHD but so are both my kids and so is near as damn everybody I know, I saw my sons first then some relatives and friends I never saw everyone’s at once but over time and still now everywhere i turn ADHD the one that shocked me most was my daughter I always thought she was so together so on the ball definitely not ADHD then i saw it and yes she is. What would the results be if you took a group of cannabis smokers and tested them for ADHD Hmmmm ?

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More people are embracing the Adderall and weed combination, but we don’t know much about how they really interact.

A way to level up, or a dangerous drug cocktail? There’s lots of enthusiasm and skepticism out there about the weed and Adderall, aka “weederall,” combination, and plenty of misleading and concern-trolling information about taking the two together.

And that makes learning actual, useful, credible info about the combo difficult. But don’t worry, we’ve done the digging for you. Depending on who you ask, Adderall and weed are an ideal combo, a perfect pair of stimulant and depressant. Yet others who’ve combined the two have had unpleasant and sometimes distressing experiences involving racing hearts and shallow breathing.

Both experiences are true and possible. Complex drugs lead to complex effects, especially when combined in experimental ways. Everyone’s results will vary, but knowing how and why those effects can be so different is important. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the Adderall and weed combo, read on.

Why Do People Mix Adderall and Weed?

So what’s behind the cannabis and Adderall combination that’s so attractive to the people who consume and take the two drugs?

One major reason is the way that cannabis can help counter some of the more negative side-effects of taking Adderall. Vice versa, some claim Adderall helps keep them alert, focused and feeling more intelligent than they do after consuming THC, that it helps overcome some of the “dumbing down” effects of cannabis.

Another motivating factor is the similarity between the effects of the two drugs. Researchers have only began investigating this relationship, but there are studies suggesting cannabis could replace Adderall prescriptions for some users.

When it comes to studies, however, most researchers have taken a more pessimistic approach toward the weed and Adderall combination. For decades, most studies looked at how ADHD, the prescriptions used to treat it and marijuana interacted. But these studies were geared toward documenting “cannabis use disorder” as part of a broader substance abuse problem linked to prescription drugs. In other words, these studies suggest people mix Adderall and weed because each drug reinforces dependency on the other.

What Are The Combined Effects of Weed and Adderall

The combined effects of weed and Adderall, however, have hardly been studied at all. Most of the information we have on combining them comes from the experiences of the people who have tried it. And according to them, the combined effects vary dramatically.

Generally, though, you can expect the following to happen when you use Adderall and weed in combination.

  • Increased Stimulation. Adderall will raise your heart rate, which is something THC can also do, especially if taken in significant quantities. While heart pounding can be a thrilling and exciting experience for some, and shouldn’t pose too much of a risk for people without a heart condition, the intensity can be too much for some and easily tip over into an unpleasant experience.
  • Heightened Euphoria. Both THC and Adderall, an amphetamine, increase dopamine levels in the brain, leading to pleasurable, euphoric sensations. Adderall, however, can quickly deplete the brain’s dopamine supply. But THC can reduce the “crash” associated with burnout by stimulating dopamine production and stimulation in the body’s endocannabinoid system.
  • Reduced Anxiety. Connected with dopamine production and stimulation, the weed and Adderall combination can reduce some of the side-effects associated with use, like paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite and irritability.
  • Increased Long-Term Health Risks. There’s no known lethal dose of cannabis. You just can’t kill yourself with THC. The same cannot be said for Adderall, however. Adderall also presents a number of long-term health risks and negative effects ranging from panic attacks and mood swings to heart disease, depression and fatigue. And since taking weed and Adderall together can reduce some of the immediate sensations of those side-effects, the combo can actually lead to more Adderall use, increasing long-term risks.

The Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Weed

Most of the information we have on how Adderall and weed interact is anecdotal—the stories people tell about it. So the biggest danger facing those who use the two together is the lack of credible information and hard evidence. Without scientific studies of the two drugs in combination, it’s impossible for users to judge dosage and determine when and how they should take weed and Adderall together. And that means people have to experiment to find what works for them. But experimentation can be risky when it comes to Adderall, even if it’s less so with cannabis.

We just don’t know what, if any impact cannabis has on the effects and side-effects of Adderall use, especially long-term. We just know that Adderall’s long-term effects as a stimulant are more deleterious than THC’s long-term effects. Both are insufficiently understood. But that’s likely to change as barriers to researching cannabis fall and the drug gains more mainstream acceptance and legal recognition.

For now, however there’s no sufficient evidence to show that weed and Adderall interact in any particularly dangerous way. And that has led many prescription and non-prescription Adderall users to embrace the two together.

The Benefits of Weed and Adderall Combined

Many people report that mixing Adderall and weed proved beneficial and in their experience, safe. Again, cannabis isn’t likely to make Adderall any riskier than it already is on its own. To the contrary, those who’ve had good experiences mixing both substances say weed helps deal with everything that’s harsh about taking the amphetamine: crashes, irritability, emotional distress.

At the very least, combining weed and Adderall is going to present fewer risks than combining Adderall with alcohol or other prescription drugs. And as research continues, we might learn how cannabis treatments could eventually replace amphetamine treatments for ADD/ADHD. Adderall alone accounts for tens of millions of prescriptions annually, not including its ubiquitous non-prescription use.

So perhaps one of the most significant benefits of Adderall and weed combined is its potential to reduce Adderall use and dependency. But that’s the future. In the present, cannabis use can benefit prescription and recreational Adderall users alike by reducing negative side-effects and heightening desirable effects. Whether those benefits ultimately outweigh the risks is something each person has to decide for themselves.

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