Can CBD be useful for ADHD?
CBD and ADHD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects one’s behaviour. People with ADHD display differences in their brains in comparison to people with typical development, who are neurotypical. The symptoms of ADHD can include things such as:
Research reviewing the effectiveness of CBD in the management of ADHD and it’s associated conditions, has shown some promise, especially in short-term studies. CBD-based medicines given in conjunction with other interventions, such as other pharmaceuticals, or psychotherapy, show an encouraging improvement in ADHD symptoms. Although, research is mostly in its infancy, therefore further long-term research is needed to confirm it’s effects and make conclusive claims.
Common ADHD problems
Common ADHD symptoms include poor concentration and low focus. Other conditions are also found in those with ADHD, such as high levels of anxiety and depression.
CBD has been found to help with mental focus, interacting with brain receptors, to improve concentration. CBD can also reduce stress and ease anxiety - see our article on the benefits of CBD for anxiety for more information. By lowering anxiety, CBD may also help those with ADHD concentrate due to decreased mental strain.
CBD can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with depression too. A review of the research has shown that CBD can have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain, the chemical messengers in your brain which influence feeling happy, and act as an antidepressant. Increased serotonin can cause improved mood and energy levels.
Therefore, although tentative, the research suggests that CBD is a promising tool for managing symptoms associated with ADHD and its related conditions.
How CBD can help with ADHD
So, how does CBD help with ADHD? The endocannabinoid system is a biological system within the body that helps to regulate bodily functions.
It plays a role in brain responses - such as influencing mood, pain and memory, as well as, impacting physiological processes like those involved in energy balance and appetite stimulation. CBD is able to interact with the endocannabinoid system, via receptors in the brain to regulate body processes, such as improving focus and stabilising energy levels.
CBD also has interactions with serotonin receptors in the brain, allowing higher levels to be expressed - which may account for the positive effects of CBD on mood.
Thus, CBD works via the endocannabinoid system to influence the brain processes responsible for actioning our brain functioning, mood, and emotions, in order to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with ADHD.
Can CBD be useful for ADHD?
Research investigating how CBD can help mental health conditions has shown promise that the common symptoms of ADHD, such as poor concentration and related conditions, like anxiety and depression can be managed with the use of CBD. Further research is needed to substantiate these findings and continue our understanding of how and why CBD can be helpful for ADHD.
Disclaimer: Despite the general safety of CBD products, minimal side effects can occur, especially at the first use. Contact your medical professional for advice.