A German study found that cannabis was more effective than the usually prescribed Adderall for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The study also found that cannabis doesn’t result in the risk of infection or other potential side effects of Adderall.
The study focused on 30 patients with a diagnosis of ADHD who received little or no benefit from Adderall or Ritalin. The study conclusion indicated that all 30 improved their sleep and concentration after using cannabis. In addition to these direct effects, the patients also experienced reduced impulsivity.
After the study was completed, 22 of the patients decided to continue to use cannabis for ADHD.
The study was headed by Dr. David Bearman who indicated that cannabis was beneficial because somehow the plant affected dopamine levels in the brain. He stated,
“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine. This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”