Cannabis Has Successfully Treated ADHD In Clinical Trials
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Cannabis Has Successfully Treated ADHD In Clinical Trials

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Clinical trials with cannabis are moving forward, as another disorder is found to be treatable through its use.

The latest findings from cannabis-based science are that Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is treatable by using marijuana. The results, which came from a clinical trial, were presented at the recent international symposium on cannabinoid related therapeutics, finding the use of cannabis greatly reduced symptoms.


The study was conducted in Germany using 30 adult ADHD suffers. Each participant had previously used more conventional treatments but had shown to be either resistant or unresponsive to them. In Germany, any patient who is unresponsive to government approved treatment can apply for an exemption to prohibition, and use medical cannabis. This, of course, gives researchers a golden opportunity to investigate the effects.

It was found that each and every one of the participants displayed “improved concentration and sleep, and reduced impulsivity,” following the use of cannabis – without impairing them. It was so successful that 22 of the 30 decided to abandon the use of their prescribed pharmaceutical medicine altogether.

This is one of the very few pieces of research investigating cannabis and ADHD on a human-trial based level, making it extremely significant. It is highly likely to spur further research into the matter, as science looks for an effective treatment.


Basically, ADHD is a disorder characterised by impulsive behaviour, lack of concentration, hyperactivity, and forgetfulness. It is a disorder often diagnosed during childhood, which can occasionally persist into adulthood, although it is normally grown out of. The standard treatment for such a disorder is amphetamines – that’s right, for some messed-up reason, people think it is logical to give children amphetamines when cannabis use for anyone is demonised into the ground.

There is also the debate as how far ADHD really goes. While it is a clinically proven condition, many children are misdiagnosed for simply doing what children do best – being excitable, impulsive and fickle.

Knowing all this, it probably comes as no surprise to know that cannabis levels out people with ADHD, but none the less, a clinical trial showing that cannabis is effective is never a bad thing –the matter of the fact is that cannabis can and is helping people improve their quality of life.

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
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