We tend to think of children with ADD / ADHD (attention deficit disorder) but adults also suffer from this ailment, and cannabis is still a potential option for treatment.
In fact, it could make adults affected more productive, according to a study presented at a conference in September in Italy by Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen and Dra. Eva Milz.
Typically, these patients are prescribed medications such as Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta. Some suffer its debilitating side effects such as insomnia, loss of appetite and headaches as a result of these drugs. And others have found that traditional medicines simply not adequately treat the symptoms of ADD / ADHD.
For both reasons, cannabis can be a viable alternative.
The study was conducted in Germany for two years with 30 patients, including 28 men and two women and from 21 to 51 years. Most of them found that cannabis effectively treated certain symptoms, such as distraction, insomnia and impulsivity.
Of the 30 patients, 22 stopped using other drugs and used exclusively cannabis.
Although it is most common among children, ADD / ADHD affects four percent of adults in the US, and costs Americans about $ 42,500 million a year in drugs and related expenses.