CBD for ADHD: General Info and FAQs
If you are diagnosed with ADHD, you’ve probably heard talk of how medical marijuana and cannabidiol CBD products can be really beneficial to add to your lifestyle. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD, you’ve more than likely heard about how certain cannabidiol CBD products are great for those that do have ADHD. CBD has many, many, benefits, and the ability to treat issues such as attention and anxiety is just some of them.
There’s so much information out there and a lot of this information can be inaccurate. It’s so easy to be misinformed, especially when talking about the real benefits that CBD cannabidiol can bring to those who are diagnosed with ADHD. We’re here to keep things simple for you. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about the correlation between ADHD and CBD, as well as some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding this topic.
First of all, what is CBD?
CBD, a cannabidiol, is just one of the 113 chemical compounds that are cannabinoids and found in cannabis. You’ve probably heard of THC, the compound that brings psychedelic effects and brings a high to those who smoke, ingest, or consume it in whatever way. CBD is not this. In fact, CBD is nowhere associated with THC and doesn’t get you high or “stoned” in any way. You can use something like CBD oil and be clear-headed 100% of the time.
Because CBD and CBD oil does not get you high, you won’t have to worry about feeling the “couch lock” feeling or any of the other negative effects that THC can bring you. Once more with feeling: CBD is not THC.
In fact, CBD is legal and can be bought anywhere. Have you seen those hemp ingredient skincare lines or supplements at your local health foods store? More than likely, those have CBD in them in some capacity. Because it doesn’t get you high, it’s legal!
How can CBD help with ADHD?
Those who have ADHD have a hard time of both dealing with anxiety and staying focused or concentrated on a certain task. Simply put, CBD oil can help with both of these common issues. Not only does it decrease some of those negative symptoms that those diagnosed with ADHD experience, but it also helps increase one’s ability to focus and concentrate on a specific task at hand.
However, for those who are dreaming of big things, CBD cannot cure ADHD. Can it relieve negative symptoms associated with those who are diagnosed with ADHD? Yep. It just can’t cure it.
Because this “cure” factor is nonexistent, that means the oil or CBD will eventually wear off and you’ll begin to feel those negative symptoms again. Much like a medication (like aspirin when you have a headache), you’re going to need to use that CBD oil again if you’re experiencing horrible anxiety or need more focus.
However, because it helps to level out your brain, you’ll soon be wishing you discovered CBD a long time ago.
Q: Are there other benefits to CBD or using CBD oil? Any others related to those who are diagnosed with ADHD?
A: There are literally a ton of benefits associated with CBD. Obviously, if you are diagnosed with ADHD, the ones you’re probably concerned with are concentration and anxiety (and CBD, as we discussed above, helps with both). However, that doesn’t mean that is all the benefits associated with CBD. In fact, just by using CBD oil, you can experience pain relief and a reduction of inflammation. CBD is also used for those who have a hard time sleeping and it can also help with reducing nausea!
CBD has also been known to help with acne, ADHD (as we discussed), bipolar disorder, stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, severe pain, chronic pain, cancer symptoms, and arthritis.
There are a ton of benefits that CBD can bring to your lifestyle; these are only a few. It can also treat many other symptoms and situations!
Q: What’s the best way to administer or ingest the CBD oil for my ADHD?
A: The best way to get the oil and CBD into your system is to use the dropper to place a few drops on your tongue—but don’t swallow! Instead, let the drops settle into your tongue, where it will very quickly reach your brain. This happens quite fast and you may feel the effects almost immediately. If you’re a first-time user, we highly recommend only using about one or two drops to find out what you need. The worst thing you can do is to use too many drops and then have horrible symptoms. Start small and see what your body needs! Everyone is different!
Q: Are there other ways and methods to use CBD without using the oil?
A: Yes! If you live in a state where smoking marijuana is legal, you can find certain strains that are high in CBD and smoke them in that format. And smoking in this capacity also brings about new methods, such as smoking a joint or using a bong (among others).
You can also use CBD in its pure (or isolate) form and put it in edible food. Because you can use CBD in this format that also means you can DIY your own little recipes if you’re feeling creative and more comfortable with CBD down the line. Whether it’s making your own tea, your own bath bomb, your own lotion, or your own skincare, CBD can be put in many different recipes to some really great results.
You can also find CBD patches, which are great for those who want that constant stream of pain relief flowing through their systems at all times. This is a great method for those who do have that chronic pain yet live quite busy lifestyles. It’s also great to use patches if you find yourself constantly forgetting to take your supplements or using your oil until the pain is back. Patches mean longer dosages (sometimes up to 96 hours), meaning it can be easier to function for some.