How to Get Medical
Marijuana for ADHD
ADHD and Medical Cannabis
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder typically characterized by a persistent display of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity that may occur in social, academic or work settings. Symptoms may start as early as childhood and continue into adulthood. People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (such as acting without thinking about the consequences or results) or can be overly active. Although ADHD can’t be cured, it can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve. It’s true that popular culture can tend to portray marijuana users as cognitively incoherent. But whether you’re diagnosed with ADHD or just simply have a hard time concentrating, medical marijuana has been credited as an effective treatment. Prescriptions for popular drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin work in similar ways to treat ADHD, however, both can result in unpleasant side effects and possible substance abuse. Recent studies have shown that medical marijuana for ADHD improves concentration and reduces impulsivity.
How Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat ADHD?
Research on the use of medical marijuana for treating ADHD is limited. Nevertheless, health professionals have recently supported the use of marijuana as a treatment for the disorder, with claims that cannabis is safer and less addictive than traditional medicinal stimulants. Dr. Claudia Jensen, a California pediatrician who has prescribed cannabis as a non-conventional treatment, found that it helped patients with treating ADHD. While marijuana is known to cause loss of focus and increased impulsivity in recreational users, those with ADHD seem to experience the opposite effect. A study conducted in Germany showed that cannabis improved symptoms of ADHD, revealing 22 of a total of 30 participants ultimately choosing to discontinue their prescription medication in favor of medical marijuana. As one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the field of medical marijuana, Dr. David Bearmanis an advocate for the regulated use of the drug – claiming that cannabis appears to treat ADHD by increasing the disposal of dopamine, which has a different and efficient mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.
How Do I Get a Medical Marijuana Prescription for ADHD?
If you would like to get assessed for medical marijuana for ADHD, you can choose to have a virtual or clinic appointment – whichever you’d prefer. The fastest way to get a clinic appointment is to have a physician complete a Physician Referral Form. If a physician referral is not attainable, a Self-Referral Form is available. You can book a Virtual Care appointment immediately. Virtual appointments are conducted through a secure online video call and do not require any referral forms.