Happy week #3 of National CBD Month!
Did you know California is one of the lowest states for ADHD prevelance coming in at 3.3%? While on the other hand, Kentucky is the highest state for ADHD coming in at 14.8%.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is defined as a neurodevelopmental disorder that is most often diagnosed during childhood. It can cause symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. For more information on ADHD, click here.
Potential Causes of ADHD
- The precise cause of ADHD is not known, but researchers have identified risk factors that increase a person’s chances of being diagnosed.
- Genetics appear to play the largest overall role in ADHD. If someone in your immediate family has ADHD, there is a higher likelihood that you will develop it.
- ADHD may develop in people who have brain injuries, a low birth rate, or who are prematurely born.
- ADHD is also more likely to develop in people who are exposed to environmental toxins, alcohol, or tobacco while in the womb.
- being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
- constantly fidgeting
- being unable to concentrate on tasks
- excessive physical movement
- excessive talking
- being unable to wait their turn
- acting without thinking
- interrupting conversations
- and more
With that being said, these factors can also make the symptoms of ADHD worse. Futhermore, familial chaos can make ADHD symptoms much worse. It is important for people with ADHD to have a calm, organized environment so they can thrive.
- More than 9.4 percent of children (6.1 million) between ages 2 to 17 in the U.S. have an ADHD diagnosis.
- ADHD is more prevalent in children than adults, with about 9.4% of children having a current diagnosis compared to 4.4% of adults.
- About 10% of people with ADHD will develop a substance use disorder regarding alcohol or drugs.
- Bipolar disorder is about 6 times more common in adults with ADHD than adults without it.
- Drivers with ADHD have a risk of accidents that is about 47% higher than that of their non-ADHD peers.
- One study in 2016 showed that globally, about 2.8% of adults have ADHD. It is possible that that number is underreported due to a lack of diagnosis and awareness.
- In the U.S., studies indicate that about 4.4% of adults have ADHD.
- About 5.4% of men in the U.S. have diagnosed ADHD, while 3.2% of women in the U.S. have the same.
- In the U.S., ADHD diagnoses are more prevalent in white people than in other ethnic groups.
- It is estimated that 8.1% of U.S. adults will experience ADHD symptoms at some point in their life, but this is often during childhood. Adults tend to have less severe ADHD symptoms compared to children.
- Adults with ADHD are more likely to have issues with relationships, mood regulation, sleeping, higher education, and keeping a steady job.
- Half of people with ADHD have some kind of sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleeping too much, and issues with circadian rhythm.
- Anxiety is present in about 20% of people with ADHD.
CBD Can Help
Many patients with ADHD turn to CBD for the benefits rather than using traditonal medications. We have seen firsthand how CBD can be such a miracle for many health reasons.
Those who advocate for CBD use over other medications for ADHD say it can be more effective than other treatments and it may even have fewer side effects than traditonal medications. Many patients have said that they would rather avoid the negative side effects that traditional medication is known for.
Research on Sativex
Back in 2017, a small controlled trial discovered that adults with ADHD treated with the cannabinoid medication, Sativex (which contains both THC and CBD) showed a minor reduction in their ADHD symptoms.
In 2020, a study discovered that higher doses of medical cannabis were associated with a decreased use of ADHD medication in adults. The products containing a higher dosage of CBD were associated with lower ADHD scores (VeryWellMind).
While there is evidence that shows CBD oil might be beneficial as treatment, it may also aide other symptoms that are also associated with ADHD. ADHD is often associated with depression and anxiety. Thankfully, we can say that CBD has shown it is promising in reducing these symptoms as well.
As with all medications, there is the potential risk of side effects. Side effects of CBD are listed as drowsiness, appetite change, mood change, headache, nausea and upset stomach. Before trying CBD as treatment, it is necessary to research the various products that you are considering. Not all CBD products are created equally.
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