Cannabis can help to reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) through two of its main cannabinoids, THC and CBD as well as the terpene α-Pinene.

Preliminary studies have observed a connection between these compounds and a reduction of symptoms associated with ADHD such as; hyperactivity, impulsivity, lack of focus and learning difficulties. Even though not yet fully understood, it seems a 1:1 ratio of THC: CBD has a positive effect on emotional stability, memory, focus, learning ability and stress. This is possibly due to the interaction of these cannabinoids on the CB-1 receptor of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in adult human brains, which in turn, regulates the Dopamine (DA), Serotonin (5-HT), Mu- and Delta-opioid receptors, who are all involved with the negative symptoms of ADHD. The terpene pinene seems to positively influence memory and helping the effectiveness of THC and CBD through the Entourage Effect.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that typically affects children, but can also affect adults. ADHD can have a severe impact on emotions, behaviours, and learning. While this condition is typically associated with children who struggle with paying attention and focusing, ADHD in adults is more common than might think. It is said that 4.4% of American adults and as many as 1 in 10 children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is divided into three different types:

The Inattentive type – People who experience inattentive behaviour are often characterised by an extremely short attention span and an inability to focus. This type (previously known as ADD) shows symptoms of inattention (or is easily distracted) but isn’t hyperactive or impulsive.

The Hyperactive type – This type of ADHD is characterised by hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, but not inattention.

The Combined type – A version of ADHD in which the subject shows symptoms of both types. 

Conventional treatments for ADHD are typically stimulant medications, including dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate. The exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not yet fully understood, however, it is thought a number of factors including genetics and brain function are likely causes.

However, like many medical treatments today, ADHD treatments come with several side effects which have led more people to consider some more natural alternatives, including marijuana for ADHD.

Indeed, recent studies have shown medical cannabis could be an effective alternative method of treatment for ADHD, by helpìng to boost concentration levels, productivity and focus. One piece of research on the benefits of marijuana for ADHD resulted in most of the patients who had consumed cannabis ditching their synthetic ADHD medication.

As such, there is now good reason to believe that medical cannabis could provide an alternative potential treatment for people who live with ADHD.

Before we look at how the symptoms of ADHD could be reduced with cannabis, let us first understand the forms of the condition that are most common in those diagnosed with ADHD. 

The Science Behind Medical Cannabis and ADHD

Scientific research has established a link between ADHD/ADD and low dopamine levels. People with ADHD tend to have fewer dopamine receptors than the average person. The most commonly accepted theory explaining ADHD is said to lie in the brain’s inability to regulate itself, thus being overwhelmed by too much information at once.

So how can medical cannabis provide a potential treatment for those who have ADHD?

Cannabis is made up of hundreds of different Cannabinoids and terpenes which,  through the ‘Entourage Effect’ on our endocannabinoid system (ECS), can stimulate dopamine receptors – leading to increased levels of dopamine in the body.

They can also help to slow the mind sufficiently for better focus and to level out mood swings. Various concoctions of cannabinoids and terpenes can be more useful for different symptoms. Pinene is a terpene mainly known for improving focus, attention and memory. Limonene is also thought to produce similar effects.

Finding the perfect strain does require a little trial-and-error, so it is really important to know what effects and experience it is you are looking for. 

The Best Cannabis Strains for ADHD

THC-dominant strains can be beneficial in improving focus for some and distracting for others. If you find THC strains are causing your mind to be overly racy or cloudy,  try a different strain or experiment with a smaller dose. 

A CBD dominant strain usually contains far less THC and is unlikely to produce a euphoric high but could be helpful for someone looking to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

A more balanced THC/CBD strain is known to offer only mild psychoactive effects, making it an ideal choice for someone who just wants a little bit of increased cerebral activation and focus. 

If you´re looking to treat ADHD or you know people diagnosed with the condition, we have compiled a list of some of the best medical marijuana strains that could help to provide relaxing effects and help reduce the symptoms of ADHD. 

Green Crack

It is said that this somewhat controversially named sativa dominant hybrid strain was coined by the rapper and famous “cannabis enthusiast” Snoop Dogg because of the strains energetic effects. Whether the Snoop myth is true or not, there is no question that Green Crack is an energising sativa strain that is thought to be great for improving mental clarity and encouraging productivity.

Green Crack is said to be a highly creative strain that increases focus, and encourages creativity. This fruity flavoured strain is said to be an ideal mood booster and is used to treat both stress and depression. With THC levels averaging out at 17%, Green Crack is characterised by a sweet tropical citrus flavour and aroma that is the result of its terpenes myrcene, caryophyllene and ocimene. 

Having the ability to sharpen senses and focus makes this intensely stimulating sativadominant strain one of the best marijuana strains for ADHD. 

Sour Diesel

Also known as Sour D, Sour Diesel is another energising hybrid sativa strain that is said to be highly effective in treating ADHD. Named after its robust and diesel-like aroma, this so-called super strain (THC levels around 20%, CBD content less than 1%) was born in the early ’90s and is thought to have emerged as the product of Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk. 

This fast-acting sativadominant strain provides an invigorating high that has helped to establish this strain as a market leader amongst medical patients. 

However, Sour D is a particularly potent flower so be careful with your dosing on this powerful sativadominant strain. With a terpene profile that is rich in caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene, Sour D possesses something of a pungent peppery yet luxurious woody scent. 

For those suffering from ADHD, Sour Diesel is thought to be one of the best strains for focusing and providing added mental clarity. As such, it could provide some welcome and much needed relief for those living with ADHD. 

Stress Killer CBD

This high in CBD medicinal strain could be a great choice for someone looking to treat the symptoms of ADHD while using a mellow strain that offers far fewer psychoactive effects.

A citrusy sativa dominant hybrid that is the combination of Lemon Haze, Juanita la Lagrimosa, and Ruderalis, Stress Killer CBD contains approximately 16 % CBD with around 11% THC. 

This popular medicinal strain produces a pungent lemon and haze aroma that is the result of its terpene profile which includes limone and terpinolene and with a near to 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, this sativa dominant strain is considered an ideal choice for ADHD and is perfect for smoking during the day with its ability to calm the brain and increase focus. 

Used for a number of medical conditions, this high in CBD strain (as the name might suggest) is ideal for reducing stress, clearing the brain and encouraging clearer and happier thoughts. 

Black Jack

Our final selection is one of the more potent indicadominant strains that is the spawn of its hugely famous parents, Black Domina and Jack Herer. 

With the THC content of this indica dominant hybrid approaching 20%, Black Jack is known for its potency and long-lasting, relaxing effects

This well-crafted hybrid has inherited an intense cerebral effect from its Jack Herer parent, providing a quick lift of energy that can spark creativity and inspiration as it increases focus. From its Black Domina parent, this deliciously fruity indica strain provides a relaxed, full-body experience that can help your mind to achieve more clarity and peace as it increases focus.  Indeed, user testimony suggests that Black Jack could be the perfect strain to use as a treatment for ADHD. 

This strong and flavourful plant provides plenty of medicinal potential thanks to the calming effect of its terpene profile which includes terpinolene, caryophyllene and ocimene. The presence of terpinolene adds to this strains piney, smokey aroma. 

If you suffer from ADHD or other medical conditions and you have considered using medical cannabis to treat ADHD, these are just some of the more potent strains that we recommended if you want to try marijuana for ADHD. 

Don`t forget to visit our growing community and webshop where you can learn how to grow marijuana and discover our extensive range of cannabis seeds and potent strains. Our wide selection includes popular choices like Jack Herer, Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, Lemon Skunk and Gorilla Glue.

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    ACDC

    • Cannatonic

    Feminized | Medicinal

    ACDC is the sativa-dominant phenotype of the CBD-heavy Cannatonic, a strain with minimal psychoactive qualities. Although the strain has a 1:20 ratio of THC:CBD, its effects are surprisingly not followed by intense couch-lock. However, it is a difficult plant to grow, as it requires constant attention.

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    Stress Killer CBD

    • Juanita Lagrimosa
    • Lemon Haze
    • Ruderalis

    Autoflowering | Medicinal

    Juanita Lagrimosa x Lemon Haze x Ruderalis (60/30/10) this sweet, lemony, CBD rich autoflowering hybrid, from Royal Queen Seeds, is a carefree delight for both recreational and medicinal consumers alike. 11% THC, with almost 1:1 CBD.

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    Royal Medic

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    • Juanita La Lagrimosa

    Feminized | Medicinal

    A magical combination of CBD-rich Juanita Lagrimosa and high-yielding Critical, Royal Medic is one of Royal Seeds special 1:1 medical varieties. With a balanced cannabinoid profile (10% THC/10% CBD ) and gorgeous fruity, hazey flavor.

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    Painkiller XL CBD

    • Juanita La Lagrimosa
    • Royal Highness

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Under the specialist hands of Royal Queen Seeds, the combination of Juanita La Lagrimosa x Royal Highness gives you the powerful medicinal strain, Painkiller XL CBD. A 75/25 sativa-dominant with a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio of approximately 9%. 

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    Medical Mass CBD

    • Critical
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    Feminized | Medicinal

    Critical x Medical Madre gave Royal Queen Seeds this majestic, mainly indica strain (60%). She is popular with medical users who also seek some THC to help combat pain as she has an average of 10% THC and a 1:1 CBD ratio, which if anything falls heavier on the CBD side with an average of 11% CBD. She does well indoors and outdoors and is an easy grow.

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    Early Amnesia CBD

    • Original Amnesia

    Feminized | Medicinal

    A tasty, uber-enriched CBD strain from Dinafem. Early Amnesia CBD has a near 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, giving great medical effects and very light psychoactive ones. A delicious strain too, thanks to its strong sativa genes.

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    CBD Skunk Haze

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    • Haze 1

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Containing equal levels of CBD and THC, CBD Skunk Haze is a clear dedication to the medical marijuana community and one of the most sought-after cannabis hybrids that’s far more than its incredible parent strains.

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    Fast Eddy CBD

    • Juanita La Lagrimosa
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    • Ruderalis

    Autoflowering | Medicinal

    Thanks to Royal Queen Seeds, the benefits of CBD strains like Fast Eddy are accessible to all. Light in its effect, broad in its medicinal applications and quick and easy-to-grow – everybody wins.

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    Dance World CBD

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    • Juanita La Lagrimosa

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Dance World CBD by Royal Queen Seeds is a 75% sativa hybrid with strong indica traits. This is a strain with great medical properties, attributable to the very high CBD content and equally balanced THC levels. The overall effect is a mix of physical and mental sensation of total wellbeing.

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    Euphoria CBD

    • Royal Medic
    • Shark Shock

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Euphoria CDB is an 80% indica hybrid that’s rewarding to both grow and consume, and although low in THC, its high CBD content (almost 1:1) compensates for loss of psychoactivity.

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    Royal Highness

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    • Juanita La Lagrimosa

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    Royal Highness CBD is a gem of the Royal Queen Seeds’ family. 60% sativa-dominant, 3rd winner of Best CBD Flower at Colorado Cannabis Cup 2016. This strain has a high CBD level, pleasant aroma, structural characteristics typical to an indica, and a super-stimulating sativa high. Kneel before Her Majesty the Queen.

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    Nebula CBD

    • Nebula

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Nirvana Seeds kept medical patients in mind when developing this strain. Nebula CBD is a sativa-dominant strain that has equal parts THC and CBD, a feat in and of itself. With Nebula CBD, you’ll be able to relax without any unwanted anxious side effects.

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    CBD Crack

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    • Ruderalis

    Autoflowering | Medicinal

    As the name suggests, CBD Crack is both high in the therapeutic cannabinoid CBD and has a wonderful fruity flavor that will keep you coming back for more. Great for in the daytimes, with low THC.

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    Cannatonic CBD

    • MK Ultra
    • G13 Haze

    Feminized | Medicinal

    Not everyone is interested in a strong head buzz from THC. That’s where Cannatonic CBD by Nirvana Seeds can help. A balanced, hybrid with high CBD and low THC levels. This strain seeks to soothe ailments without a strong head high.

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    CBD Compassion

    • Nepalese

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    A specially cultivated high CBD strain from Dutch Passion, CBD Compassion boasts a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio, averaging 8% for both cannabinoids. It is promising for medical users as it also has a good deal of CBC and CBG, providing a potentially rewarding ‘entourage effect’. Tasty too. 

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