We tend to think of children with ADD/ADHD, but adults suffer from it as well, and cannabis is now being see a potential treatment option.
It might actually make afflicted adults more productive, according to research presented at a September conference in Italy by Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen and Dr. Eva Milz.
Generally, these patients would be prescribed medications like Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta. But some suffer debilitating side effects such as insomnia, loss of appetite and headaches as a result of these medications. Others found that traditional medications just didn't adequately treat the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
For both reasons, cannabis may be a viable alternative.
Many patients chose cannabis over traditional drug treatments
The study was conducted in Germany over the course of two years. There were 30 patients - 28 men and two women, aged 21-51 - and the majority of them found that cannabis effectively treated certain symptoms, including distraction, insomnia and impulsivity.
Of the 30 patients, 22 stopped using other medications and used cannabis exclusively.
While more common in children, ADD/ADHD affects four percent of adults in the U.S., and costs Americans approximately $42.5-billion annually in medication as well as related expenses.