If you or someone you love suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), you’ve probably spent what feels like a lifetime searching for a treatment that reduces the symptoms without all the negative side effects. Now, you can stop looking. CBD oil might be just the solution you’ve been hoping for. If you’re curious about using CBD oil for ADHD, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana reveal everything you need to know to make an informed decision about one of the newest medical marvels (that’s CBD, by the way). Along the way, we’ll answer questions like:
- What is CBD?
- What is CBD oil?
- Does CBD oil get you high?
- How does CBD oil work?
- Will CBD oil cure your ADHD?
- Does CBD have any side effects?
- How do you use CBD oil for ADHD?
We’ll also discuss the other health benefits of CBD oil and learn about alternative methods for getting CBD for ADHD. We know your attention span is short—Squirrel!—ours is too, so let’s start at the beginning.
What Is CBD?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of 113 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Because of its groovy psychedelic effects, the most famous (or infamous) of these chemical compounds is THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol). Even if you’ve never smoked, eaten, imbibed, or otherwise consumed a cannabis product, you’re probably familiar with the high associated with the wacky weed thanks to its portrayal in movies and TV.
Thankfully, there are those other 112 cannabinoids to contend with. As marijuana use continues to break into the mainstream, both scientists and the general public have come to see the benefits of the other cannabinoids, such as:
Cannabinoids can do a lot of good when isolated by themselves (as we’ll show with CBD oil), but they can also do wonderful things when taken in various combinations. This is because of a unique characteristic of the cannabis plant known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is the interaction of cannabis compounds (like THC, CBD, terpenes, and trichomes) to produce an effect that is impossible with those compounds by themselves.
There’s plenty of validity in advocating whole-plant cannabis consumption. But for now, we’ll stick with CBD specifically so we can show you how it’s awesome for treating ADHD.
What Is CBD Oil?
- Ice water extraction
- Butane extraction
- Alcohol extraction
- Ethanol extraction
Regardless of which method you choose, the end result is the same: the solvent (e.g., CO2, butane, alcohol) strips all the chemical compounds off the cannabis plant and holds them in solution. At the end of the process, the solvent is forced to evaporate, leaving behind an oily substance that is chocked full of marijuana goodness.
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
There’s good news for those of you worried about taking CBD oil for ADHD: you won’t have to contend with couch lock, altered perceptions, lethargy, and the other “negative” effects of high-THC strains. That’s because CBD—and CBD oil—doesn’t get you high.
CBD products will not cause psychedelic effects because they have been produced in such a way so as to minimize THC count. In fact, CBD itself is what’s known as an antagonist to THC, which means that CBD reduces just how high you can get. That leads us to the next important question: how does CBD oil work?
How Does CBD Oil Work?
The CBD in CBD oil works like a key in a lock. In this case, the locks are the millions of receptors in your brain. When the locks are closed, the receptors are inactive. But when the locks are open, the receptors are active. For ADHD, it’s these active receptors that we’re most concerned about because they are the source of the problem.
More specifically, we’re concerned about the adenosine receptors that are largely responsible for reducing anxiety. For those without ADHD, the body does a pretty good job of controlling anxiety. But sometimes, the receptors don’t fire on all cylinders, so to speak, or your brain doesn’t produce enough of the chemical “keys” to keep the receptors active. When that happens, you can start to feel anxious, paranoid, and depressed—all major components of ADHD.
The interesting characteristic of CBD is that it can act as the key that opens the lock to the adenosine receptors. When CBD is present, it stimulates activity within your brain and has a twofold effect on your behavior:
- CBD decreases many of the negative symptoms of ADHD.
- CBD increases your ability to concentrate and focus on one specific task.
That’s excellent news for those who suffer from ADHD and other anxiety disorders. But it also leads us to our next question important question.
Will CBD Oil Cure Your ADHD?
The short answer to this question is no. (Sorry.) CBD oil relieves the symptoms of ADHD, not the underlying cause. It’s very much like taking an aspirin to relieve your back pain. The aspirin just numbs the pain for a while. If you stop taking the aspirin, the pain will return because the original problem (pulled muscle, bulging disc) is still there.
CBD oil makes it easier for your brain to “level out” and run more smoothly. That means less distraction and more focus. But if you stop taking CBD oil or the CBD oil you took wears off, your brain will revert to its original mode of operation (e.g., chemical imbalance that leads to anxiety), and the ADHD symptoms will return.
That means that once you start taking CBD oil, you may need to continue taking it indefinitely. Don’t read into that statement and assume that CBD is addictive—it’s not. But if you want to live your life without ADHD symptoms, you’ll have to keep taking CBD in one form or another. You can always choose to stop, and you’ll feel no ill effects other than a return of your ADHD problems.
That may seem like a bleak outlook, but many who suffer from ADHD already deal with taking medications of one sort or another for the rest of their lives. And most of these medications have significant side effects that make them worse than the ADHD itself. How does CBD compare to those other medications in terms of side effects? That’s the focus of our next section.
Does CBD Oil Have Any Side Effects?
When compared with other ADHD medications, CBD oil has no real negative side effects. You won’t feel hungover or “out of it.” You won’t have stomach problems or migraines. About the only thing you can expect to feel after taking CBD oil is dry mouth. Many people who take CBD oil for ADHD don’t even consider this a side effect when compared to other prescription medications. Dry mouth is a small price to pay for fewer ADHD symptoms.
Another possible “side effect” of CBD products is that the CBD can interfere with your liver’s ability to break down ingredients in other drugs. So, if you take a blood pressure medication and add CBD oil for ADHD to the mix, the CBD will render the blood pressure medication ineffective. Even if you’re not taking other medications, be sure to talk to your doctor before trying CBD oil for ADHD.
How Do You Use CBD Oil For ADHD?
You take CBD oil like a tincture: simply administer a few drops under your tongue and hold them there without swallowing. Honestly, this is probably the easiest way to take a cannabis product. It’s very discreet and very quick.
The CBD oil is absorbed into your bloodstream through the sublingual artery in your lower jaw. From there, it travels quickly to your brain. Because of the speed with which this all occurs, you can feel the effects of CBD oil almost immediately.
Even though there are no major side effects of CBD oil for ADHD, we still recommend starting small with one or two drops and increasing slowly until you find the right dose. Talk to the budtenders at your local dispensary for advice on where to start.
Are There Other Health Benefits Of CBD Oil?
Oh boy, are there! CBD oil can:
- Fight cancer cells
- Reduce artery blockage
- Make it easier to sleep
- Suppress muscle spasms
- Prevent nervous system degeneration
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Decrease pain
- Reduce nausea and vomiting
And that’s just the tip of the CBD iceberg! Because CBD has a wide variety of significant beneficial effects, it can treat:
- Back pain
- Bipolar disorder
- Endocrine disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
And a whole lot more. It really is a wonder drug for the new millennium.
Are There Alternative Methods For Getting CBD For ADHD?
Yes, there are! We say that with an exclamation point because if there’s one thing about the cannabis community, it’s that they’re extremely creative when it comes to finding ways to take their marijuana.
Should You Try CBD Oil For ADHD?
Again, yes! There really is no downside to giving CBD oil for ADHD a try. CBD oil is relatively cheap as medications go, so you won’t blow your budget. It won’t get you high, and it has no major side effects. And CBD oil is readily available at your local dispensary.
Really, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try CBD oil for ADHD. If you don’t like it, you can always quit. It’s just that easy.
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