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Using CBD Oil For ADHD Symptoms [Relax & Refocus]

Using CBD Oil for ADHD Symptoms [Relax & Refocus]

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious condition mostly affecting children and teenagers. According to cdc.gov, in 2016 “6.1 million children aged 2-17 years living in the U.S. had been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)”. Due to the fact that ADHD mainly affects children, it makes sense that parents seek safe and natural treatments for treating various ADHD symptoms (since there is no known cure). Some parents report seeing positive results when implementing CBD Oil for ADHD symptoms in their child. CBD Oil is a natural, safe, and legal extract that comes from the hemp plant.

How ADHD Is Diagnosed

We all have experiences resembling symptoms of ADHD at some point in our lives, but this does not mean we all have ADHD. If the symptoms are severe enough to cause ongoing disturbances in more than one area of your life by definition you have ADHD. Additionally, if you can trace the disturbances back to early childhood then it is most likely ADHD.

 

It is rather difficult to diagnose ADHD in adults because its symptoms resemble symptoms brought on by other conditions (such as mood disorders and anxiety). It is believed that adults with ADHD will most likely suffer from at least one other mental condition (such as depression).

 

Causes Of ADHD?

There are a number of different causative factors for ADHD, including:

 

  • Genetic Predisposition (Heritable): ADHD shows indications of being a genetic disorder.

 

  • Unhealthy Pregnancy Habits: If the mother smokes cigarettes, drinks alcohol (FASD fetal alcohol syndrome), or uses drugs during pregnancy the behaviors may lead to the child developing ADHD.

 

  • Low Birth Weight (LBW): Studies suggest that low birth weight in a newborn baby could result in ADHD in the child. 

 

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries In Children: Children with traumatic brain injuries are likely to develop ADHD.

 

  • Toxin Exposure (LEAD): Exposure to environmental toxins at a young age (especially lead) can result in the child later developing ADHD.

 

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Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult to control impulsive behaviors and pay attention. It starts in childhood, though it may continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Its symptoms include:

 

  1. Avoiding undertaking any activities that require sustained focus or concentration
  2. Not being aware of consequences to actions
  3. Inability to pay attention at school or work
  4. The appearance of not listening to others
  5. Failure to complete tasks that have been assigned
  6. Losing things
  7. Easily being distracted
  8. Restlessness, including running around or jumping about in situations where it is not appropriate
  9. Fidgeting or squirming while being seated
  10. Compulsive behavior
  11. Interrupting when other people speak
  12. Being easily frustrated
  13. Insomnia
  14. Low self-esteem
  15. Inability to be organized
  16. Mood swings
  17. A tendency to obsess intensively about an unimportant task (also known as “hyperfocus”)

 

CBD Oil & ADHD: The Research Shows Positive Results

ADHD may result in behavioral difficulties as well as an inability to concentrate in school. Traditional medications can offer some help with ADHD symptoms, but they usually come with a list of negative side effects.

 

A relatively new therapy showing promise for ADHD symptom treatment is Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD oil has little to no side effects and is not addicting, unlike the addiction forming traditional ADHD medications.

 

CBD could hold value with treating ADHD symptoms through its control of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a control and regulatory system that is responsible for a variety of processes in the human body, including appetite, mood regulation, sleep cycles, and even the immune system.

 

Relatively speaking CBD research overall is still in its infancy so results remain limited. Results are even more limited when it comes to CBD oil for ADHD due to the fact that ADHD is mainly an adolescent disorder. There are not very many CBD studies involving children and most studies evolve around epilepsy.

 

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CBD Could Lower Hyperactivity

One study was conducted in 2012 by the Journal of Psychopharmacology notes: “CBD inhibits hyperactivity and normalizes social investigative behavior”. The study was performed on lab rats who were treated with a substance that induced symptoms similar to those of ADHD.

 

The rats were then given a 3mg dose of CBD and researchers observed the hyperactivity in the rats was inhibited. They also noticed that social investigative behavior was “normalized” and in fact had “increased beyond control levels”.

 

CBD Improves Focus

Some people notice an improvement in mental focus levels while taking CBD oil. This is because of CBD’s connection with the increase of serotonin levels. According to the research of Jose Crippa and colleagues from the University of San Paulo in Brazil and King’s College in London “at high concentrations, CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, thereby conferring an anti-anxiety effect”.

 

Activation of this receptor is the main property of many anxiolytic, antidepressant and antipsychotic medications. All three mentioned medications are commonly prescribed for ADHD.

 

According to the study, CBD is capable of decreasing anxiety levels. A positive side effect of less anxiety is an increase in focus. Less anxiety also makes it easier to get a good nights rest and normal sleep habits. Sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy state of mental health.

 

CBD, Dopamine Levels & Mood

CBD helps to stabilize mood swings in the brain through its control of important neurotransmitters such as dopamine. ADHD is characterized by low levels of dopamine. Dopamine controls a variety of processes in the brain. It is responsible for governing your behavior, cognition, and emotions.

 

CBD uses the ECS to stabilize these volumes of dopamine and maintain healthy brain chemistry. Research into the positive links between CBD and ADHD is still ongoing. Most of the research looks promising and CBD may just be the new groundbreaking treatment for the disorder. This is especially notable when comparing the side effects of CBD to those of traditional ADHD treatment.

 

Traditional ADHD Treatments & The Side Effects

The traditional treatments for ADHD include medications that are based on amphetamines, including Adderall and Ritalin. They have a wide variety of serious side effects, including:

  1. Euphoria and a boost in confidence
  2. Extreme loss of appetite
  3. Weight loss
  4. Dry mouth
  5. Gastrointestinal distress and/or pain
  6. Nausea and/or vomiting
  7. Dizziness
  8. Headache
  9. Diarrhea
  10. Fever
  11. Agitation, restlessness, and/or nervousness
  12. Insomnia
  13. High blood pressure
  14. Grinding of teeth
  15. Suicidal thoughts or aggressive behavior
  16. Psychosis

 

If not administered properly, then it is possible to become heavily addicted to amphetamine-based ADHD medication. Luckily, CBD oil is entirely non-addictive and does not have any of these side effects. It is a safe, natural, and very effective medicinal supplement that is considerably safer than these other medications.

 

CBD For ADHD

Does CBD interact with other ADHD Medications?

No, it does not have any negative interactions with these other medications. However, it is always best to take CBD under the supervision of a clinician or the physician treating the ADHD in question. They will be able to monitor your symptoms and improvement as well as advise you on how best to treat them and proceed.

 

The good thing about taking CBD with other ADHD medications is that CBD can offer relief from some of the harsh side effects such as:

 

  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Gastrointestinal distress and/or pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia, agitation, restlessness or nervousness
  • High blood pressure
  • Suicidal thoughts or aggressive behavior
  • Psychosis

Can You Give CBD Oil To Kids?

Yes, it is incredibly safe to give to kids. CBD can be used in addition to or instead of conventional ADHD treatments. In the past CBD for children was a hot debate. Today it is a known fact that CBD is absolutely safe for everyone! Many parents are getting great results from CBD when treating kids with epilepsy, autism and anxiety disorders.

In fact, CBD has been deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, CBD “is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. Furthermore, the WHO adds “CBD is not associated with abuse potential”.

 

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CBD Oil For ADHD Dosage Suggestions

CBD oil for ADHD is most effective if used daily. It is useful to think of  CBD as an overall health supplement that treats a variety of conditions and comes with a range of positive health benefits. It is incredibly safe as it is impossible to overdose on and has virtually no side effects.

 

The standard starting dose for an adult is 25 milligrams. Take this twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed). However, this does is for conditions or symptoms that are fairly mild. If your ADHD is more severe or debilitating, then higher doses may be necessary. For more specific CBD dosage information see our dosing chart page.

 

Dosing Examples

If you need a strong dose and wish to calculate one that is based on your specific body weight, then you can take 0.5 milligrams for every pound of body weight. In other words, you just take your total body weight and divide by two. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds then you would take 100 milligrams. We recommend taking a strong dose twice a day.

 

You may increase or decrease the dose, depending on the relief that you need. You should adjust the dose in 25-milligram increments. During your ADHD treatment, you may keep a daily log of your symptoms and overall condition to help you and your clinician determine the severity of your disorder. You can more effectively determine your CBD dosage if you have a complete picture of your overall health and wellbeing.     

 

Other Benefits of CBD

CBD has various other benefits, including:

 

Decreases Nausea & Vomiting

Treat the symptoms of nausea and/or vomiting with CBD. CBD has powerful effects to combat nausea. It is also effective in stopping or reducing vomiting. This helps chemotherapy patients to be better tolerate the therapy.

 

Painkiller (Non-Addictive)

Use CBD as an effective and non-addictive painkiller. Cannabidiol (CBD) acts as an inhibitor between pain anxiolytic. It inhibits the pain signal from reaching the brain. CBD also activates TRPV1 receptors within the wider ECS. These receptors are responsible for pain modulation and inflammation.

 

Reduces Swelling & Inflammation

Reduce swelling and/or inflammation with CBD. Inflammation is a natural response in the body to any kind of internal damage. Excessive inflammation, however, can be damaging to the body. CBD has incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory properties. CBD indirectly interacts with CB2 receptors and reduces inflammation all over the body. This helps protect the body from further damage. 

 

Regulate Appetite

Use CBD to increases your appetite. CBD is extremely effective at stabilizing a persons appetite. It is able to achieve this stabilization by interacting with the ECS and promoting a state of balance known as homeostasis. A healthy body and mind equal a healthy appetite.

 

Treats Anxiety & Depression

CBD helps treat anxiety and/or depression.  CBD effectively treats mild to extreme anxiety through its interactions with the ECS and its 5-HT1A receptors. These receptors are controlled by a neurotransmitter known as serotonin. CBD triggers the CB1 receptors to absorb the serotonin for much longer. This results in lower anxiety levels.

 

Helps Treat Cancer

CBD targets and/or destroys some tumor cells. CBD directly targets and destroys tumor cells while sparing the healthy cells. Some researchers refer to CBD as a smart molecule due to its ability to specifically target only damaged and cancerous cells. CBD also slows the growth of tumor cells by inhibiting a process known as angiogenesis. 

 

CBD is useful in treating a wide variety of disorders. It is extremely safe and well tolerated by the body, and there are a variety of products available that can be easily administered to children and adults alike.

 

 

References

https://www.additudemag.com/cbd-oil-adhd-symptoms-natural-treatment/

https://chadd.org/adhd-weekly/cbd-oil-and-adhd-management-too-big-a-leap/

https://keytocannabis.com/blogs/cannabis/how-to-use-cbd-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorders

https://www.addrc.org/adhd-numbers-facts-statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/features/national-prevalence-adhd-and-treatment.html

https://www.marijuanabreak.com/cbd-for-adhd-what-does-science-say

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24923339

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

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