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Move Over Big Pharma Amphetamines — Cannabis Successfully Treats ADHD in Clinical Trials


At an international symposium on cannabinoid therapeutics last month, researchers presented clinical data indicating that the use of herbal cannabis relieves symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults.

German researchers selected 30 patients whose condition had proven resistant to conventional drug therapies, to study and evaluate the effects of cannabis on their ADHD symptoms.

Test subjects were reported to experience an easing of symptoms, including “improved concentration and sleep, and reduced impulsivity,” following the cannabis therapy, according to researchers.

Of the 30 patients, twenty-two in the study elected to suspend their use of pharmaceutical drugs during the study period—opting for use of cannabis as their sole means of treating their symptoms.

Prior to this study, there had been minimal clinical data on the subject, despite widespread anecdotal reports of relief from those suffering from ADHD.

Attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder is a condition that it typically identified in children and may persist into adulthood. It is characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, forgetfulness, difficulty paying attention and a lack of organization and prioritization skills.

There is widespread debate as to the cause, with some questioning whether it is even a real condition.

Approximately 11 percent of school-aged children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the disorder, which is commonly treated with the use of amphetamines or amphetamine derivatives. Comparatively, only .5 percent of French children are diagnosed with ADHD.

According to a report by The Genetic Literacy Project:

For decades, much of the mental health profession has relied on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Diseases, a tome updated periodically by the American Psychiatric Association. The latest three versions (DSM-III through DSM-V) zeroed in on what constitutes ADHD. French guidelines do not follow the DSMs, instead hewing to the Classification Francaise des Troubles Mentaux de l’Enfant et de L’Adolescent, or CFTMEA.

In France, CFTMEA guidelines require a much longer time to diagnose ADHD, and take in family and social issues that have had a role in the child’s life. After interviewing teachers, school officials, family members and the child, they’ll make a diagnosis. Often two years later.

In the United States, usually a single psychiatrist or psychologist makes a much faster diagnosis (about six months), after some input from teachers and others, but usually based on the psychologist’s impression.

While French psychiatrists do tend to look more for social context, it’s also illegal in France to prescribe stimulants (the main drug intervention in the US) to any child under 6 years old. Meanwhile, American physicians have been accused of overmedicating patients, particularly children and particularly children with ADHD.

Researchers have been studying whether ADHD is actually one syndrome, or rather a combinations of separate symptoms. It has yet to be made clear, whether in France, the U.S. or the rest of the world, where the boundaries lie between “normal” and ADHD. Perhaps if nothing else, the revisions of the DSM, and the French approach, call for a meeting of minds.

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“Adults with ADHD in both regions were generally less likely to be married, employed, or rate their health as good/very good/excellent and were more likely to smoke, have experienced alcoholism, have other mental health conditions, have work productivity/activity impairments, and use healthcare resources,” according to researchers in both the U.S. and Europe.

Regardless of the cause, the results of this study clearly show that cannabis can be a useful treatment in alleviating the symptoms of ADHD. While the causes and solutions of ADHD are debated, a new natural treatment has emerged that has the potential to replace the pharmaceutical solutions consistently provided to those suffering from the disorder.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and maany other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu

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    • Stephen King is a very bright ,articulate man that has a social conscience. Which is another way of saying ,He cares about people,and he cares about issues.

  • I smoked a lot of cannabis. It might be good for hyperactivity disorder but it’s NOT good for attention deficit disorder.

  • What does that even mean

  • Implying Big Pharma is an actual entity. The Free Thought Project, forever chasing phantasms.

  • Stephen King is also a far leftist douche

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  • I agree 100%.

  • Big time!

  • Without a double blind placebo and a significant number of volunteers, the trial isn’t of any real value

  • should write a story about it..Na, too much like zombies I suppose

  • Hadn’t thought of it that way but it’s just one drug commercial after another in evening TV.

  • Arturo Adams

  • Remember how they used to push aspirin big time

  • I think I can say with confidence that Stephen King is a big statist asshole, who thinks more government is the answer to every problem, though he’s certainly right in this case.

  • Mr. King hits the nail on the head with this one.

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  • good. The fact that Stephen King has said this means that it is obvious to idiots even

  • Hmm… funny how these folks actually believe in ADHD. Did you folks every think that ADHD was made up to push the drugs you are against? Then basically you’re willing to dope up your kids for a made up syndrome, to prove you’re right about how benign pot is. SMH. Could we just not dope our kids up with anything unless absolutely necessary?

    • Every kid I knew in grade school was ADHD. Our parents cured us when we brought home a note from the teacher.

    • Lots of moms and dads who don’t/wont take the time to be parents.

    • ADHD my left nut my teachers sorted it by asking once then telling you to shut up and pay attention or fuck off. Always the same kids from same couldnt care less blame every one else mums and dads.

    • Agreed ADHD is made up condition to sell more drugs

  • I agree completely

  • So I have to go to prison or be killed to get some real help? That’s crazy!! I guess it’s the same for health care, education, long lost friends and family spirituality and the icing on the cake they get paid to fill to capacity. Send them all to prison especially the thinkers. Lil help please!! -Antonio Ausler

  • way to go MrKing!

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  • Big Phama killed my Grandmother, my Sister and many peers. They want you sick too.

  • I feel the same way!

  • Been thinking that for a lot of years.

  • Also would like to add so are most Doctors now a days have a sickness here’s a magic pill that does more harm then good.

  • Agree. And I also say fuck you Steven King. Prick…

  • It could not be more obvious.

  • Love you Stephen

  • Went looking to see if I could find out how many lobbyist Insurance companies have. I did not find that out but I did find that big pharma spends three times as much as number two insurance lobbing congress.

  • So are doctors

  • Right as rain, baby, right as rain!

  • Oh yeah!

  • As are the doctors.

  • and Cancer

  • Been working great for my ADD for years!!! I was part of the study on these drugs, and can 100% agree my life is better without them nature does a way better job!!!

  • Also treats cancer and arthritis, time for the pharmos to give it up the benefits of THC and Cannabis are too many to name in one post. Hemp sales could be used for cottons and textile industries. Quit looking at this as a drug and look at it as a life saver and trend setter.


  • Love this page simply because much of it is true… with a generous iq comes certain form of mental illness and trust met Cannabis was my choice… nonetheless… why such duality on the issue.. Pharmaceuticals can be part of the mix … trust me when it comes to your foot being crushed… yeah Morphin is really handy… just saying… But would love to see research in combining both remedies on all diseases and see it’s relationship… Some people believe that the Marijuana Plant is the Tree of Life and Jack Herer did too…

  • Michelle Dunn Bugg

  • I’m ADD, I could definitely see how it could help ADHD’s hyperactivity but there’s a thin line between it helping you focus, and it putting you on your ass and making you stare at a wall while listening to Pink Floyd. Happy for those that it works for, but don’t think smoking bowl after bowl is going to help you finish your homework.

    • I miss smoking pot and get so messed up me and my best friend would go back to his house, order a chocolate milkshake and fried dough and sit back and listen to Pink Floyd, up until I was so messed up I ruined the wall vhs tape and smoking was not the same after that.

    • Aha that’s funny! Sorry to hear a bad experienced ruined it for you though man.

  • Medicating before every class helped me pass statistics course in college. No one believed that pot could help, but proof is in the pudding. Got a b+. Glad to hear others have this experience. Helps to know I’m not alone.


  • Blythe Bulkin

  • Jodie Cheeseman

  • Ha ha So NOT true! My brother had ADHD off the charts! Pot did nothing for him and believe me he tried! Acid however he said “slowed” him down to a level he himself was more comfortable with! Lol! I’m not condoning any drugs. Don’t use them myself, but each to his own.

  • Amanda Lucky

  • I found in High school I could study and retain more while using Cannabis.

  • I have High Functioning Autism, and my psychiatrist said Indica is the only proven method to reduce symptoms. Also never let someone on the spectrum smoke Sativa, as it can cause a panic attack.

  • Klaus Fischer

    you cannot hide the truth forever

  • And they will not legalize it cuz it’s how they hassle black people! How else can you jail1/3 men?

    • No need to play the race card , its benefits are needed by all colors. And it’s hassles by the law are felt by all colors!!

    • If I had a race card to play I might play it if it was appropriate… But you surely aren’t trying to deny the institutional racism in our courts and prisons? Cuz you’d need better cards yourself then! Lol!

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  • I clicked that this made me angry. Angry it took this long!

  • it is a cure for so much more then just that even god agreed for he said I have put every thing on this earth for you to have & it would produce money to fix our country

  • Is this new research holds true I can envision a whole bunch of lawyers employed by big Pharma screaming in court to protect pharmaceuticals monopoly and racket

  • Adhd and ADD are lies made up to sedate free thinkers that cant otherwise be forced into conformity.

  • There is no such a thing as ADHD.?…The Doctor who first diagnosed this confessed on his death bed that he’d made it up.

  • The reason meth isn’t a schedual 1 drug is so Big Pharma can sell Adderal

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  • Abuse of the drug outside the law , is totally different to a clinically administered study to understand the capabilities & effectiveness of THC dosages.

  • Yo Garry, abuse is kinda hard cause once you’re stoned you DO NOT WANT more…a buz is ALL stoners want…God put this plant on the earth for a reason and finally it is being touted for all its’ medicinal uses

  • Pharmaceuticals won’t let this happen. Those making the money won’t let it happen.

  • What is a good strain for adhd?

  • Rachael Dyer wish we had this option when we were diagnosed

    • Omg re reading those symptoms was totally me when I was young

  • Tell me something I didn’t figure out 20 years ago, lol.

  • Big Agriculture is the reason why there is so much sickness in the world.

  • Eric Bolt

    This was true long ago before the U.S GOV ERADICATED THE Country from all Medicinal Hemp, as is covered under the “1974 Agent Orange Act” Eco terrorist, gene altered Weed, By Big Pharma, Monsanto, others, is a BRAIN FREEZE-! try any Top Shelf 52 hit Quitter try 4-5 at same time, to see Eco terrorist, gene altered Weed is not what those behind it say it is-! recall the DEA Director Stating ” Everything going on W/ Eco terrorist, gene altered Hemp, grown by kids for other Kids Pot Is not Medicinal-!