Medical cannabis has be cited as a treatment for many different issues, however due to the lack of proper and complete studies, conclusive evidence is almost impossible to find.
The case is no different when talking about medical cannabis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. There have been many claims that medical cannabis and cannabis extracts have helped those suffering from ADHD and recently, a 2014 study resurfaced on the issue.
The study, out of the Department of Psychology at the University of Albany, aimed to examine the association between the subtypes of ADHD and cannabis use from a sample of 2811 current cannabis users. The data was collected from a 2012 national study, and a series of logistic regression equations were assess for proportional differences between users.
Through user surveys the researchers asked if the ADHD symptoms were more or less prominent when using cannabis and when not using cannabis. The results found that a higher proportion of daily users met symptom criteria for an ADHD diagnosis when not using cannabis.
For nondaily users, the proportions of users meeting symptom criteria did not differ.
The researchers concluded that the results may have implications to determine which individuals with ADHD are likely to self-medicate, as well as indirectly supporting research linking relevant cannabinoid receptors to regulatory control.
The full study can be found by following the link below: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24093525
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