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Study Shows Medical Marijuana Patients With ADHD Use Fewer Prescription Drugs

a photo of pills on the left hand side and then a photo of a marijuana leaf on the right with Ohio Marijuana Card Logo in the center of the leaf
Prescription Medication VS Marijuana For Treating ADHD

As most of you are aware, ADHD is not currently on the list of qualifying conditions approved by the state at this time. However, that's not to say patients ONLY use medical marijuana to treat one singular condition. Many patients can attest to using medical marijuana for anxiety, depression, and countless other conditions that are still not approved for treatment here in Ohio.

Today I would like to share with you a recent study that was conducted in Israel that concludes that medical marijuana patients diagnosed ADHD, use fewer prescription drugs such as methylphenidate and amphetamine derivatives that are commonly prescribed to patients with ADHD.

The study took 59 adult medical marijuana patients in Israel who were diagnosed with ADHD, and had them take a questionnaire which asked questions pertaining to their medical condition and how cannabis treatment was working. This study is different than others because it focused more on the phytocannabinoid and terpenoid compounds, as opposed to just the plant as a whole, for treating ADHD symptoms.

The study concluded that when patients were consuming cannabis with more terpenes and phytocannabinoids, it reduced their use of prescription medication such as Adderall or Vyvance. The study also revealed that the cannabinoid cannabinol (CBN) was associated with scoring lower for ADHD symptoms.


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