For any adult or parent of a child who has struggled with ADHD or ADD, the options on the table as far as treatment are limited. Anyone who struggled with attention issues almost always comes to one conclusion: stimulants. It seems counter-intuitive to add a stimulant to a condition that is commonly referred to as ‘excess energy.’ However, the point of a stimulant is to allow the user to focus their excess energy. There are also a series of other inabilities that stimulants are often prescribed to treat. These include an inability to control emotional outbursts, inability to organize effectively, inability to manage time, and inability to remember important needs or duties.
These inabilities affect not only a person’s work, but they can affect office relationships, interpersonal developments, and career growth. So, while it may sound like a simple issue, it can bleed into several areas of one’s life and make it very difficult for them, their friends, and their family. These reasons are precisely why stimulants have become so popular. However, users of stimulants and doctors who prescribe them are finding there are often a myriad of side effects that many patients ultimately see as deterrents to taking the medication. The most common side effect is insomnia. While the stimulant works to address concentration concerns in the day, the effects and inability to stop focusing may result in an aimless, sleepless night. This, in turn, affects brain acuity and negatively impacts the immune system in the long term. Additionally, appetites can be heavily suppressed while on stimulants, making everyday routines and healthy diets a chore on their own.
Due to the side effects, costs associated with medications, and the potential for abuse or addiction, many are looking for alternate options to helping concentration. They are finding cannabidiol as a compelling option. Commonly referred to as ‘CBD oil,’ cannabidiol is a compound found in the hemp plant. It’s commonly known as a ‘cousin’ to the THC housing compound that’s surrounded by taboo. However, the only thing they share is a similar plant home. Cannabidiol works naturally with the endocannabinoid system in humans. Humans create these cannabinoids on their own, but due to chemicals and other outside elements, including illness and toxins, the system can cease to efficiently produce.
This endocannabinoid system has a lot to do with the mental state of humans. In fact, it regulates brain function to a high degree. Without an accurate amount of produced cannabinoids, brain function may deteriorate, or a person may struggle to be focused and energized. CBD oil acts as a supporter of the endocannabinoid system by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors. In turn, it supplies the body with additional dopamine (a natural chemical that is almost directly responsible for concentration and good feelings). Additionally, cannabidiol has an abundance of essential nutrients and acids that supply the immune system with increased function. In all, CBD oil makes the body a better version of itself, as opposed to altering its chemical makeup for temporary focus at a high cost and homeostatic imbalance.