CBD for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that affects people of all ages. It can be debilitating, and it disrupts the lives of those who have it as well as those around them. The symptoms can vary from mild to severe. ADHD often persists into adulthood, but it may be outgrown for some children with the right treatment as they get older or when puberty ends.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The most common symptom for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is inattention; however there can be other symptoms including impulsivity or difficulty staying focused on tasks, fidgeting behavior when they’re uncomfortable, trouble waiting their turn, blurting out answers, cutting off people in conversation and not following through on instructions.

What causes ADHD?

The cause for ADHD is mostly unknown, but many believe that genetics and environmental factors play a role.  It is suspected that ADHD may be caused by a deficiency in neurotransmitters, catecholamines and Dopamine. Catecholamines or catechols regulate attention span, impulsiveness, and motor activity. The two catecholamines most studied with ADHD include dopamine and epinephrine (adrenaline).

Dopamine helps regulate electrical impulses between neurons by affecting how brain cells communicate with one another and has been linked to things like memory, learning, mood stability and more. Epinephrine , also called adrenaline, is a catecholem that helps regulate the body’s fight or flight response.

In people with ADHD both the above catecholamines are often low which means they may have trouble focusing for extended periods of time and controlling their impulses.

How does CBD work?

CBD works by  binding to the cannabinoid receptors in your body and brain. These CBD receptor sites are found naturally in humans and animals, but their configuration varies from person to person.

Some studies also suggest that CBD might also work by enhancing dopaminergic function through its effects on these receptors.

How does CBD affect ADHD?

A study from 2017 found evidence linking catecholamines and catechols to ADHD. The study’s authors suggested that ADHD may be caused by alterations in catecholamine signaling and cortical morphology. The endocannabinoid system regulates catecholamine production, which means that CBD could have the ability to help regulate catecholamine signaling in low levels so they work more effectively.  This is important for those with ADHD because catechols have been linked to attention span and impulsivity.

Another study found evidence suggesting that CBD may reduce ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity, emotional lability, and impulsivity in the short-term because of its use case for anxiety. Some scientists believe that CBD may help with symptoms of anxiety by promoting neurogenesis in your brain. Neurogenesis refers to the growth of new neurons or nerve cells within the adult human brain; this process occurs when stem cells get activated in response to CBD. CBD is also believed to have an anxiolytic effect by reducing anxiety levels and inhibiting the release of stress hormones from your body, which can lead to more stability for those with ADHD.

Some long-term CBD studies have shown that CBD could help relieve ADHD symptoms for up to a week at a time. The review found evidence suggesting CBD could be an effective addition to behavioral therapies and medications as a treatment option, but more research is needed before any conclusions can be made.

Can CBD help with ADHD?

CBD for ADHD has been shown to be effective in some patients. Research suggests that CBD can help regulate catecholamine production, which is one of the cogs involved with attention span and focus.

Is CBD Safe?

CBD for most people is safe  for use and has very few side effects. CBD is non-toxic, which means that CBD does not cause death when taken in large doses; however, some health risks may include dry mouth, lightheadedness, drowsiness, or dizziness. All that being said, we strongly encourage anyone looking into trying CBD to consult with their physician, pediatrician, or health care provider.

Where is the best place to get CBD?

Nature’s Gem CBD is quality assured, THC Free, cCruelty free and is a trusted CBD source for many top athletes, parents, pet owners, and retirees on LongbBoat Key, Florida. They are the only allowed licensed CBD store on Longboat and was awarded the small business award 2021 for their honest and upstanding approach and products relating to CBD.

Conclusion

While CBD is not currently approved by the FDA for ADHD, there are many things that make cbd CBD a promising solution, including its ability to help regulate catecholamine levels. If you or someone you know suffers from this disorder, then it might make sense to research CBD more to determine if it is an option to consider trying.

For more information, please feel free to stop in our store on Longboat Key, Florida or contact us at lisa@thecbdquiz.co

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