"Anecdotal reports and preclinical studies suggest that certain cannabinoids may prove useful in treating the inattention and impulsivity seen in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies are required to ascertain if this is indeed true."
– Julie Holland MD, Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist (USA, 2014)
by a wealth of anecdotal and pre-clinical evidence (some of which you can access on this website, many leading experts from both research and medicine now believe that the primary cannabinoid Tetrahydocannabinol (THC) in conjunction with other medicines found
in cannabis causes improvements to focused attention in ADHD sufferers through the neuromodulatory process known as retrograde inhibition.
This is the same process used by the stimulant medicines currently prescribed extensively for ADHD (such as Methylphenidate
and Dexamphetamine) where the neurotransmitter GABA is inhibited, thereby increasing Dopamine in the brain, which results in ADHD sufferers being able to concentrate. You can read an explanation of Dopamine and retrograde inhibition.
"I can see an obvious potential for medical cannabis in Adult ADHD and PTSD"
- Prof. Dr. David Pennington, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Throughout this site you can read quotes from several prominent experts who support this
work in-principle, including researchers Prof. Raphael Mechoulam and psychiatrist Prof. Lester Grinspoon, as well as medical doctors David Bearman and psychiatrist Julie Holland.
You can also read testimonies from those treating ADHD patients with
cannabis such as Mara Gordon (below) as well as from some prominent ADHD sufferers including entertainer Roseanne Barr, Mixed Martial Arts fighter Matt Riddle and successful entrepreneur Kayvan Khalatbari, who have each been helped by cannabis.
"I believe that cannabis is an excellent tool for ADHD and anyone who is doing further work on this I encourage. The more you learn about this the more you will understand that we are a long way from standardization of dosing.
But I am very interested in participating in the research that is being done in this area as it is a disorder that runs rampant in the developed world."
– Mara Gordon, Founder and Process
Engineer at Aunt Zelda's, who has successfully treated ADHD patients with cannabis through a specialized extraction and dosing method that results in consistency and predictability of effects,
and puts control back into patients' lives. Her practice is best known for treatment of pediatric cancers however they also treat many other serious illnesses including PTSD, ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer's, etc. (USA, 2015)