Medical Marijuana vs. ADHD – Do we need Ritalin or Adderall?

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Are you always struggling to stay focused or to remember important events or details in your life that once use to be easy to remember? Are you someone who has a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder or hyperactive disorder (ADD/ADHD)? If so I bet that you take a medication like Ritalin or Adderall to help control the symptoms of this disease.

If you currently take medication for ADD or ADHD, I bet you get some wonderful side-effects from them such as shakiness, rapid heartbeat, lack of appetite or even cravings for food and dehydration. In addition to this, I bet headaches, poor sleep quality, and weight loss are also things causing suffering. So far this is sounding like a pleasant drug, right? Not so much, the majority of those who are prescribed this type of medication is our children, and we wonder why it is not helping them. This drug causes zombie-like effects and pretty much leaves the child in a constant state of daze.

What if there was another way to treat you or your child's ADD, would you try it even if it was unconventional? I think if you sat down with the individual taking the medication and listened to how it makes them feel you would be willing to look for alternative options immediately following that talk. So what can you do to treat ADD or ADHD without Big Pharma's drugs?

The answer is medical marijuana products. Yes, I know it sounds strange to offer a child marijuana for treatment, but there is so many forms of cannabis that you do not have to have your child blaze up for relief. Dr. David Bearman, a head researcher of cannabis has studied the relation between marijuana and ADD/ADHD. Dr. Bearman has discovered that there is a link between the many components of marijuana, the cannabinoids, and the dopamine production or lack thereof it in the patient who suffers from this disorder. He has found that cannabinoids can not only help produce the dopamine the brain is missing, but it also has the potential to repair the deficiency once and for all through proper dosing of the cannabis.

In addition to his findings, he noted that even consuming raw marijuana could correct this issue of the dopamine shortage in the person who suffers from ADD/ADHD. The way the cannabinoids interact within the brain is through the body's endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoids simply put, bind to the CB1 receptors in the brain to help regulate the dopamine levels the individual is lacking. This allows for the patient's brain to slow down, focus and process information that is coming in.

Dr. Claudia Jensen, who is currently treating patients with the non-conventional treatment, has found very positive results by using cannabis to treat ADD/ADHD. She states below,

"They don't have to get stoned – it's dose-related. But they do get the benefit of being able to focus, pay attention, not be impulsive, not be angry, be peaceful and relaxed and pay attention in school, which helps them get better grades." – Dr. Claudia Jensen

We are seeing more and more doctors back away from the traditional medication for ADD and ADHD due to the effects it is having on the individuals taking it. Adderall and Ritalin are one of the most addictive drugs on the market that we offer to children and adults who suffer from this disorder. It is no wonder we see issues with addiction arise, you can thank Big Pharma for that. It's time to treat with nature products like cannabis that will correct the disorder at hand instead of adding additional issues to the patient's life.