Does Medical Marijuana help ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, as well as the closely related Attention Deficit Disorder, is one of the most widespread mental health disorders, you are not alone.

The promise of medical marijuana & ADHD/ADD, when prescribed by a healthcare professional and closely monitored, is that it works in a fundamentally different manner than the usually prescribed stimulants Ritalin and Adderall.

While these two block the breakdown of the small amounts of dopamine that the brain does produce, medical marijuana actually increases the production of dopamine itself.

This means that many patients enjoy the positive effect of enhanced concentration, without many of the unwanted side effects of amphetamine-based stimulants.

People who live with ADHD often seek out alternatives to stimulants, and may wonder, “Does marijuana help ADHD?”

Marijuana triggers a release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine can promote relaxation and mood regulation, which may seem appealing to people who live with ADHD.  Therefore, a person who lives with ADHD may use marijuana and experience temporary relief of ADHD symptoms.

Treating ADHD with medical marijuana is very personalized and our doctors will discuss and review your options with you.