When the name Marijuana is mentioned, some persons only associate it with recreation. This
and many other stereotypes attached to it might simply stem from the widespread illicit use of the
drug. Stereotypes aside, the cannabis plant has proven to have many uses apart from pleasure
and is highly effective when it comes to the treatment of several ailments.
The drug has proven to be of help to patients with ADHD, Crohn’s disease, Seizure disorders,
Cancer amongst several other diseases. Could it be that this herb is one of nature’s remedies
for such conditions? Let us take a look at this!
ADHD- What Does it Mean?
ADHD, an abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that
plagues around nine percent of children worldwide and five percent of adults. While this
condition is known to affect children mostly, some child-patients grow into adulthood with
The ADHD condition is characterized by a lack of attentiveness, high difficulty to focus on
tasks, anxiety, and hyperactivity. Due to symptoms, it is normal for people with ADHD to
seek out stimulants and stimulant drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, Focalin XR, and Vyvanse are
often prescribed by doctors.
What is Medical Marijuana?
Some might wonder what medical marijuana is. Is it the same cannabis that is widely known?
Medical Marijuana is cannabis used medically and legally to treat illnesses or conditions. It
differs from recreational use in that it is administered to improve the health of patients.
Is Medical Marijuana Effective in Treating ADHD?
Over time, some patients of ADHD become weary of using stimulant drugs to alleviate the
symptoms of their condition. Coupled with this and other benefits, they turn to marijuana for
Lesser Side Effects
Many patients are convinced that when compared to other stimulant drugs, Medical
Marijuana has lesser side effects and so, it seems to be more favorable. Sadly, some
stimulants are accompanied by a couple of risks- some of which include
sleeplessness or in some cases, sudden death. Opposed to this, marijuana is reported
to have several beneficial effects that include better sleep, reduction of anxiety, and
While several stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are effective as regards
helping to improve focus and attentiveness, some report that these medications do not
help with relaxation. For this reason, patients turn to Medical Marijuana for its
One of the side effects of Marijuana is improved appetite. The drug has several active
substances that affect the digestive tract and can help to reduce nausea and vomiting
It is likely that underlying issues with the brain lead to ADHD. One of such is low
levels of dopamine. Dopamine helps with concentration, regulates emotions, and
provides feelings of reward and pleasure. Medical Marijuana is believed to help
improve the levels of dopamine in the brain which in turn helps concentration.
Just like it is best to seek medical advice for the use of any drug, Medical Marijuana is no
different. It is advisable to seek counsel from a doctor on how best to administer the drug for