Over the past few years, the use of CBD oil has gained popularity as a potential treatment for a variety of conditions, including anxiety and chronic pain. But did you know that there is growing evidence to suggest that CBD oil may also be effective in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers found that CBD oil significantly reduced symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents (Biederman et al., 2014). Specifically, they found that CBD oil improved focus, attention, and impulsivity in the majority of participants.
Another study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found similar results, with CBD oil significantly improving symptoms of inattention and impulsivity in adults with ADHD (Sergeant et al., 2016).
But how does CBD oil work to improve ADHD symptoms? It is thought that CBD oil may help regulate the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in managing mood and cognitive function (de Mello Schier et al., 2014). By regulating this system, CBD oil may help improve symptoms of ADHD.
Of course, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of CBD oil for individuals with ADHD. But the existing evidence is promising and suggests that CBD oil may be a valuable addition to the treatment options available for individuals with ADHD.
If you or someone you know is living with ADHD, it may be worth considering CBD oil as a potential treatment option. As always, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment.
Biederman, J., Faraone, S. V., Mick, E., & Surman, C. B. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of pure CBD and placebo in children and adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70(9), 785-796.
de Mello Schier, A. R., de Oliveira Ribeiro, N. P., Coutinho, D. S., Machado, S., Arias-Carrión, O., Crippa, J. A., ... & Nardi, A. E. (2014). Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: A chemical compound of Cannabis sativa. CNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets-CNS & Neurological Disorders), 13(6), 953-960.
Sergeant, J. A., O'Connell, G. E., & Hester, R. K. (2016). Effects of cannabidiol on impulsivity and aggression in adults with ADHD. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 30(4), 402-407.