Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several active compounds that originate from cannabis. It’s been shown to have plenty of benefits on mental health but researchers are still working out how it can be used to treat neurological and behavorial conditions, including ADHD.
Using CBD tells signals your body to use more naturally-produced cannabinoids, leading to reduced anxiety and potentially reduced hyperactivity.
CBD oil is usually taken orally or via vaping.
Oral applications of CBD are not as likely to bring on side effects so they’re the best way to start if you’re new to CBD. Place some drops under your tongue, take capsules or eat some gummies.
On the other hand, vaping CBD will take it straight to your bloodstream. This is the best option if you’re looking to feel the effects quickly.
While there aren’t any official guidelines on how to use CBD to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, here are 5 things you should know about CBD oil and ADHD.
1. Managing Symptoms
Those with ADHD are not able to focus as easily as they should. The same can be said for those using cannabis on a regular basis. As such, this has lead researchers to suggest using cannabis can worsen the symptoms of ADHD but there isn’t much evidence to suggest this or otherwise.
There was a study conducted back in 2016 that studied the link between ADHD and marijuana for undergrads. While some students reported using marijuana to help with symptoms of depression, the overall effects weren’t clear.
This means that more research is needed before it CBD can be used to manage symptoms.
That said, even if CBD oil is not considered a treatment for ADHD directly, it can still help with managing some of the specific symptoms people experience.
2. Side Effects Of Traditional ADHD Treatment
Traditional treatments for ADHD can be split into stimulants and non-stimulants.
Stimulant treatments are the most common option for combating ADHD because they are very fast to act. According to the CDC, between 70 and 80 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD in America have a decline in their symptoms when they use stimulant treatments.
However, they do have their side effects, including weight loss, sudden changes in mood, reduced appetite, headaches, inability to sleep and dry mouths.
On the other hand, non-stimulant ADHD treatment options aren’t as likely to bring on side effects. That said, they are still possible and include the above symptoms like weight loss, sudden changes in mood, reduced appetite, and headaches, along with upset stomachs, fatigue and feeling nauseous.
You can only get stimulant and non-stimulant ADHD medication with a prescription. You must see a doctor to continue using them to treat the issue.
3. Side Effects Of CBD
People can tolerate CBD oil doses for up to 1,500 milligrams a day. It usually takes between 20 minutes and 2 hours before you start to feel the effects, but this will depend on various factors such as height, weight, age, levels of exercise, etc.
There are not as many side effects of CBD compared to traditional ADHD medication; they include feeling drowsy, having an upset stomach and a change in appetite.
It should be noted though that CBD oil could interact with other medications you could be taking. This includes prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. Make sure you talk to your doctor about using CBD if you’re taking medication already.
4. CBD And Children
There are only a limited number of studies on the effects of CBD and children. This mainly due to the stigmas that come with cannabis. The only CBD product approved by the FDA is Epidolex, a prescription drug used to treat some severe forms of epilepsy. Epidolex can be used for children and adults.
The majority of reported cases on the effects of CBD in children come from anecdotes through individual researchers and doctors.
For example, parents in California were asked to take part in a Facebook poll about giving their children CBD to treat epilepsy. They reported side effects of drowsiness and fatigue. Similarly, another Facebook poll reported parents giving their children CBD to treat epilepsy a few years later, but there were improvements noted in their children’s health, including better sleep and being more alert.
Now, these polls focus on how CBD can be used in children with epilepsy. There are other reports on how children can use CBD to treat other conditions like autism and PTSD.
With all this evidence being anecdotal, it’s advised that you speak to a doctor before giving your child CBD to treat the symptoms of ADHD.
5. Does CBD Make You High?
CBD is different from medical marijuana. While CBD oil comes from cannabis, it doesn’t contain anywhere near as much THC, the component that is responsible for feeling high.
As reported by CBD Kyro, CBD isolate products do not contain any THC, meaning it will not have any psychoactive effects at all. Hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD will contain a small amount of THC (0.3%) but this is not enough to make you or your child high on consumption.
It’s important to note that full-spectrum CBD derived from the marijuana plant could contain greater concentrations of THC. However, these products may be illegal depending on your location. And even where they are legal, it’s likely that you won’t get high as the CBD may inhibit the THC from taking effect.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the right CBD oil, check out this in-depth review from CoolThingsChicago.
CBD oil may not be a direct solution to treat ADHD but it certainly can be used to treat certain symptoms associated with the condition.
Also, it’s been noted a few times already but it’s really important to stress: make sure you consult a doctor if you have any questions about whether or not you or your child should be using CBD to treat ADHD.