Can Weed Help You Focus?
In the past, many have assumed that marijuana use results in unproductive individuals. However, there is evidence of marijuana’s potential to increase focus and productivity.
In fact, some companies are now allowing employees to consume marijuana at work if it improves their productivity. Medical studies have illustrated cannabis’ ability to increase mental focus. As a result, the case reports that marijuana also relieves symptoms of ADHD.
ADD/ADHD and Cannabis
Those who have ADD/ADHD have difficulty focusing. Additionally, paying attention to detail and holding interest can be difficult for these patients. Current ADD/ADHD patients are prescribed drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. Both of which come with common side effects like nervousness, restlessness, dizziness, anxiety, and more.
In comparison, cannabis comes with less harmful side effects and the potential to treat ADD. Studies have found marijuana to be a more effective and safer method of treating ADHD. Prescription pills can be highly addictive and insomnia-inducing. Furthermore, users even reported lack of appetite and suicidal thoughts after using prescription pills.
How Marijuana Can Help
While there’s no guarantee marijuana will work for everyone suffering from ADHD, many have already had their symptoms relieved.
When an individual ingests marijuana, receptors in the emotional portion of the brain are linked to our “fight or flight” reflex slows down. However, you will need to find the right strain and THC level to treat your ADHD. If anxiety is the symptom you most wish to combat, you should be using weed with low THC levels. High THC levels may result in increased panic rather than decreased so be careful with your dosage.
When anxiety strikes, try a cannabis strain with high levels of CBD. CBD has the opposite effect of THC, meaning it alleviates anxiety rather than inducing it. CBD is the compound responsible for slowing down “fight or flight” reactions.
Marijuana directly affects the brain’s dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical neurotransmitter that is involved in mental awareness, focus, and memory.
So, a lack of concentration could just mean you have a dopamine shortage. Smoking or ingesting pot will increase dopamine levels but be careful not to get your dopamine levels too high. That’s when memory and focus become impaired.
Those looking to improve their focus without the adverse side effects should consider medical marijuana. It may take some time to find the proper strain and dosage, but the result will be an improvement in focus and productivity. The only problem is ADHD does not turn up on the qualifying list of conditions for medical marijuana in many states. Moreover, those without a medical card will have a hard time finding strains high in CBD and low in THC.