Cannabis for ADHD: An Emerging Therapeutic Option

Are doctors mistaking self-medication for cannabis use disorder?

Cannabis & ADHD

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A study in Molecular Psychiatry with tens of thousands of people found an association between ADHD and cannabis use. Their data suggests that ADHD causes later cannabis use, which may support the notion that THC is used to self medicate (although ADHD is associated with heavier use of many drugs). Previous research has found that THC may be effective for some cases that do not respond well to Ritalin.


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Attention Deficit Disorder refers to a range of behavioral disorders occurring primarily in children, including poor concentration and impulsivity. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder additionally includes constant movement and fidgeting.

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