As we continue to study the marijuana plant, the better we understand the potential benefits it holds. Specifically, the plant’s medicinal value reveals itself more every day. Today, we’re taking a closer look into the connection that medical marijuana and ADHD present. Is weed good for ADHD? Can you get your medical marijuana card for it? Are sativas or indicas better?

Don’t worry: we’re answering all these questions and more down below. Soon, you’ll be more than familiar with the unique, beneficial relationship between medical marijuana and ADHD. Let’s get started.

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What is ADHD?

ADHD is short for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and it affects over 8% of all children. In fact, it’s the most common mental disorder in children currently. Those with ADHD struggle to pay attention for long periods, have problems with impulsivity, and usually experience hyperactivity. All of this together creates an almost impossible environment for someone to sit still and focus in. Thus, for children with ADHD, things like school — studying, homework, sitting all day — is a much more challenging task than it may be for those without the disorder.

There are ways to treat ADHD, especially in children. It is important to note that ADHD does affect a small percentage of adults, as well. So, the disorder isn’t exclusive to young children; it just primarily presents during this time. In terms of treatments, you can turn to behavioral therapies, medications, and even lifestyle changes. All of these choices can help regulate ADHD-caused behaviors and allow for a calmer, more focused mindset. 

What are the Symptoms of ADHD?

In children, the symptoms of ADHD are going to be unique to each diagnosis. However, there are a few common symptoms of ADHD to look out for if you think your children may have the disorder. These symptoms include the following: 

  • Inability to sit still
  • Excessive talking or making noise
  • Excessive fidgeting
  • Lack of concentration or focus
  • Lack of impulse control 
  • Interrupting conversations
  • Lack of organization
  • Little to no concept of danger

ADHD is problematic because, for children, some of these behaviors are perfectly normal. However, when these behaviors continue, and your child doesn’t improve or learn from them, you should start being concerned. If your kiddo is demonstrating any of the above symptoms, have a genuine conversation with your doctor. 

Does Weed Help ADHD?

So, does weed help with ADHD? The science here is still a bit muddy. Some claim that cannabis may have adverse effects on those with this attention deficit disorder, while other studies overwhelmingly claim otherwise. In a survey conducted on online reports of cannabis usage for ADHD, the researchers discovered that 25% of consumers found the plant’s benefits therapeutic. 

Specifically, people are finding that weed helps symptoms of ADHD like focus, hyperactivity, and racing or inappropriate thoughts. Knowing cannabis’s effect on the brain, these results make sense. 

When consumed, the cannabinoids within cannabis travel throughout the body and into the brain. Once there, they work to regulate any imbalances and ensure your endocannabinoids work just as they should. If any neurons are over-firing —  like what happens with hyperactivity — weed’s cannabinoids function to calm this response. Thus, your body also relaxes. 

This calmed brain allows for the ability to focus better, enhancing concentration and preventing you from having any extreme or inappropriate responses. For those with anger management problems and ADHD, weed appears to significantly help those think through their responses and better regulate rage.

The Risks of Medical Marijuana and ADHD

However, it’s essential to keep in mind the potential risks between medical marijuana and ADHD. If an adolescent consumes cannabis, this may have significant effects on cognitive development as they age. Along with this, it may exacerbate mental disorders like anxiety and depression. 

You should note that these risks are primarily associated with THC — not CBD. For children with ADHD, CBD is a safe, non-intoxicating option that likely won’t result in any harsh side effects. Adults, on the other hand, shouldn’t see many issues with cannabis use. Once the brain is fully developed, these risks are lower. 

So, does weed help ADHD? Yes, it can, but there are always risks to be aware of.

Sativa or Indica for ADHD?

When it comes to finding medical marijuana for ADHD, which is better: sativa or indica strains? 

Sativa strains tend to be extra stimulating, offering boosts in mood and creativity. These types of products tend to be best for those who are generally on the calmer side and struggle to find motivation. Because of this, most people wouldn’t recommend super-strong sativa strains for those with ADHD. Instead, indicas and hybrids tend to be the best option.

Indica strains are quite different from sativas. Indicas’ properties are much more soothing and sedative than sativas, keeping you more focused on one task at hand — instead of many. This makes indicas ideal for those with ADHD. They’re calming, gentle, and incredibly supportive. Many people find that their overall stress and anxiety levels are lower, and they can fully relax. For those who struggle to wind down when needed, or if you cannot sit still, turn to an indica for its “in-da-couch” characteristics.

However, at the end of the day, everybody’s preference is different. Some may find that their ADHD best reacts to sativa strains, while others may fall in love with a balanced hybrid. You just have to try it for yourself to see what your body enjoys most. 

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Can I Get Medical Marijuana for ADHD?

Unfortunately, no state in the US explicitly states ADHD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a medical marijuana card for ADHD. Let’s explain.

ADHD comes with varying symptoms that can be debilitating. Many states in the US allow the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions that hinder your quality of life. Because of this, it’s entirely possible to utilize the symptoms of your ADHD to get a medical marijuana card in your state. As long as you sit down with a qualified physician and explain your ailments and complications, there’s a good chance you can still obtain an MMJ card. 

If you’re confused as to how all this works, don’t be! We’ll explain even more down below, illustrating just how straightforward Elevate Holistics makes this process.

Can I Use Edibles for ADHD?

Regarding medical marijuana and ADHD, a lot of people wonder if you can use edibles for ADHD? Of course you can!

Marijuana edibles are tasty treats that brands have infused with concentrations of cannabis. This creates a potent, long-lasting cannabis experience that’s great for providing prolonged effects. These effects tend to last for hours, which is much longer than your typical cannabis product. 

When looking for the right edible for ADHD, always start with a low dose and be patient. As we mentioned, edibles are highly potent, and taking too much can sometimes cause an unpleasant experience. So, begin with just a small part of your edible — usually around 5 mg. — and wait two hours. With this, you’ll be able to see how the product affects you fully. 

You can find indica, sativa, and hybrid edibles at your local dispensary. Take the time to find the strain that most appeals to you and provides the effects you and your ADHD require. Then, see if there’s an edible in this strain! (There’s a good chance there will be.) 

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for ADHD

If there’s such a strong connection between medical marijuana and ADHD, how do you get your medical card for such a disorder? Through Elevate Holistics.

Elevate Holistics is a telemedicine platform specializing in helping patients like you effortlessly get your medical marijuana card. Whether you know you have a qualifying medical condition or are unsure, our board-certified physicians will work with you one-on-one to get the MMJ recommendation you need to apply with the state. Oh, and did we mention this is all from home? Elevate Holistics and our team of compassionate, judgment-free experts make it simple — even if you’re not too savvy with technology.

Ready to get your medical marijuana card for ADHD? Book an appointment with Elevate Holistics using the button down below and discover this new path on your health and wellness journey.

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