New Research Shows Cannabis May Be an Effective Treatment for ADHD

New Research Shows Cannabis May Be an Effective Treatment for ADHD

Over 60 million children in the United States are currently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, often simply referred to as ADHD or just ADD. This number has been skyrocketing in the last decade with an average classroom in America now holding 1-3 children with the disorder and a growing number of adults, now 11 percent of the country’s population, also exhibiting symptoms of ADHD.

Characterized by an inability to concentrate on and pay attention to even simple tasks without becoming quickly distracted as well as strong impulsive and hyperactive behavior, this modern day malady negatively affects everything from school performance to interpersonal behavior, as ADHD is linked to verbal hostility and angry outbursts as well.

While the debate still rages on about what exactly is causing this massive disruption in cognitive performance and social interaction in modern society – everything from video games to genetic malfunctions (ADHD can be inherited) have been shown to be factors – the disorder just keeps spreading faster every year. What is known is that those with the disorder have concrete physiological impairments including brain abnormalities that underlie their psychological symptoms, much like in other serious mental health epidemics including depression.

Because of this, and the fact that there is no other real treatment for ADHD other than chemical drugs with “scary” and “unsettling” side effects, savvy researchers have finally begun to study how cannabis, with its potent neuroprotective properties and success in treating other cognitive disorders (including depression), might be able to step in and provide some much needed relief.

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In fact, the results of the first randomized controlled study on cannabis and ADHD was just published in May 2017, and the outcomes are quite promising. Researchers from King’s College of London gave an oral cannabis spray to half of a group of 30 volunteers with ADHD and a placebo to the other half and then gave them both standardized cognitive and emotional tests.

Amazingly, the researchers found that the group that been given the spray showed “a nominally significant improvement” in both hyperactivity/impulsivity and in important cognitive factors as well as “a trend towards improvement for inattention”. Because of this, the researchers concluded that “this study provides preliminary evidence supporting the self-medication theory of cannabis use in ADHD and the need for further studies of the endocannabinoid system in ADHD.”

As the researchers state, the new study was in part of course sparked by the fact that many people are already self-medicating ADHD with cannabis, and getting fantastic results. A 2008 case report from Heidelberg University in Germany for example documented a 28 year-old male ADHD patient who showed “improper behavior and appeared to be very maladjusted and inattentive while sober” but became “completely inconspicuous while having a very high blood plasma level of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).”

Because ADHD shows no sign of slowing down and is linked to complex social and genetic factors it probably won’t go away until we completely restructure the world. In the meantime, it’s good to know that mama marijuana is always here to provide some relief to the mental suffering of children of all ages.

Sour Apple Maui Strain Review

Sour Apple Maui Strain Review

While the most popular strains seem to be forever-stocked on nearly all cannabis dispensary shelves, it is always nice to discover lesser-known or proprietary genetics that deserve more attention. I recently had the pleasure of discovering one such example in the Sour Apple Maui strain grown and sold by Oasis Cannabis Superstore in Denver, Colorado.

I entered Oasis Cannabis Superstore on 44th Ave without a specific strain in mind, which could easily become an overwhelming situation considering that they keep more than 100 strains on hand at all times. I was lucky enough to be helped by Lanai, a friendly and knowledgeable veteran member of the Oasis team, who was able to quickly point me in the direction of Sour Apple Maui. (Big thanks, Lanai. You rock!)

sour apple maui oasis cannabis superstoreLanai selects flowers of Cherry Lime Rickey after filling a gram of Sour Apple Maui at Oasis Cannabis Superstore.

Strain

Sour Apple Maui

Genetics

Sour Diesel x Power Plant x Maui Waui

Dispensary

Oasis Cannabis Superstore, 5430 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212

sour apple maui strain reviewSour Apple Maui flower from Oasis Cannabis Superstore.

Aesthetic

This sample of Sour Apple Maui is reminiscent of flora found on a tropical island. These dense flowers fade from dark green at the core to lighter, lime-green on the edges. Each bud was speckled with bright orange hairs (pistils) and shimmering concentrations of kief (trichomes). Once ripped in half and upon closer inspection, I noticed a few tiny leaves that were slightly purple in color.

Aroma

These flowers smelled sweet and earthy with strong undertones of fuel and citrus. It likely contains higher quantities of limonene, a terpene found in cannabis, citrus fruits, juniper and several other plants, known to help to increase mental focus and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Effects

Full disclosure, I was slightly nervous about trying Sour Apple Maui for a couple of reasons. First of all, it tested highest for THC out of all strains available at Oasis, maxing out at 27 percent, and strains super high in THC often leave me with a racing heart. I usually prefer heavy indicas, but Sour Apple Maui is an 80 percent sativa dominant strain. I may have been skeptical, but I will forever trust Lanai’s recommendations because she was spot-on with this one. It provided me with just the right amount of cerebral relaxation to remain calm and clear-headed, in-the-moment, and therefore able to concentrate on one task at a time.

Just as the label very clearly stated, this strain is perfect for those, like myself, who suffer from ADD. I also found it to be a phenomenal pain reliever. It eradicated the headache I woke up with almost instantly. The Oasis team also, understandably, recommends this strain in the treatment of depression, fatigue and muscle spasms.

Summary

Officially on my list of favorites, Sour Apple Maui has become my go-to strain for summer. If it were a song, it’d be “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin because whether you’re relaxing by the pool, hiking a new trail or playing frisbee at the park, Sour Apple Maui will leave you carefree and in-the-moment. It may also be a good option for those seeking daytime pain relief at work, or for anyone suffering from PTSD.

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marie veksler

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