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Does CBD Really Help with ADHD?

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an active compound in the cannabis plant. CBD oil is gaining popularity due partly to early research that shows that it might be helpful for certain health conditions.

Some anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD oil can help with the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but there is still very little scientific evidence to back this up.

Anyone thinking of using CBD oil should be aware of the regulations in their area and never replace any standard ADHD treatments with CBD oil before speaking to a doctor.

In this article, we look at whether CBD oil can help treat ADHD. We also discuss the possible risks and whether it is safe in children.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil contains high levels of cannabidiol, which is an active compound in the cannabis plant.

CBD oil is an oil that contains high levels of the compound cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is one of more than 100 active compounds in the cannabis plant.

Most people associate cannabis with another active compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound that makes a person feel euphoric or “high” when they smoke or ingest it.

CBD does not activate the same regions in the brain as THC, so it does not cause a high.

CBD oil may have several potential health benefits because of how it interacts with the body and brain. The human body contains an endocannabinoid system, which includes receptors in the central nervous system. CBD interacts with these receptors, potentially triggering positive effects.

Can CBD oil treat ADHD?

There is little scientific evidence that CBD can help treat ADHD. Additionally, much of the research surrounding ADHD and CBD focuses on cannabis, which contains more than 100 compounds other than CBD.

However, there are anecdotal reports from people saying that CBD oil helps them deal with ADHD symptoms, such as hyperactivity or restlessness. Many people choose to use the substance as part of their ADHD treatment.

A small 2017 study looked at a group of adults with ADHD who were self-medicating with cannabis.

The researchers noted an insignificant improvement in brain function and symptom reduction. There was a very slight improvement in markers of impulsivity and hyperactivity, but not enough to consider the drug more effective than the placebo.

CBD oil might not be a treatment for ADHD, but it may help with managing specific symptoms that many people experience.

Some people with ADHD struggle with anxiety, which can make their symptoms worse. There is minor evidence to show that CBD oil may help with symptoms of anxiety.

A 2016 case study backed up earlier claims by researchers that CBD may help with anxiety and sleep problems in children. Further research will need to explore this effect in a large cohort.

A 2013 study also explored the relationship between symptoms of ADHD and cannabis use. People with subtypes of ADHD that involve symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity were more likely to use cannabis daily to manage their symptoms than people with inattentive subtypes of ADHD.

However, it is unclear exactly what causes this subjective symptom relief. Additionally, this study focused on cannabis as a whole rather than just the CBD compound. More research on ADHD and CBD alone may help highlight its potential as a treatment.

Momentous Shifts in Cannabis Regulations Open the Door for Continued Global Growth

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The movement for cannabis legalization began back in the 1990s when California became the first U.S. state to legalize medical cannabis. Subsequently, several other states began to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes throughout the decade. And while the 1990s did pave the way for the birth of the legal cannabis industry, recent years have seen the market begin its growth in earnest.

First, in December of 2013, former Uruguay President Jose Mujica legalized recreational cannabis. Shortly after, U.S. states Colorado and Washingtonlegalized adult-use cannabis in 2014, becoming the first two states to allow legal adult-use. Throughout the next several years, more countries continued to adopt medicinal cannabis legislation. Meanwhile, the U.S. was seeing more states adopt recreational cannabis before, in 2018, Canada became the second nation to fully legalize cannabis. Moreover, Canada is the only G-7 nation to completely legalize cannabis, even though the remaining G-7 powers have adopted a full or partial medical cannabis legislation, save for Japan.

Predominantly, the therapeutic aspects of the cannabis plant are why many nations have decided to legalize its medical use. On the other hand, some countries have moved to legalize cannabis as an economic growth driver or to suppress the damage caused by the war on drugs. For instance, Germany recently approved legislation for medical cannabis in 2017 for seriously ill patients as the German government is trying to reduce the number of patients dependent on narcotics.

Meanwhile, Uruguay moved to legalize cannabis to reduce the war on drug crimes. Similarly, Mexico’s President-elect party wants to legalize cannabis as well and Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero, interior Secretary selected by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that illegal cannabis is causing violent drug wars and poverty. While each nation has their own individual reasons to adopt cannabis, they are all collectively working together towards eliminating the stereotype revolving around the plant.

According to data compiled by ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics, worldwide consumer spending on legal cannabis was estimated to be approximately USD 12.2 Billion in 2018. By 2022, consumer spending is expected to reach USD 31.3 Billion while exhibiting a CAGR of 26.7% during the forecast period from 2017 to 2022. Pasha Brands Ltd. (OTC: CRFTF) (CSE: CRFT), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), CannTrust Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CTST) (NYSE: TRST), The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTC: SPRWF) (TSX: FIRE), Cresco Labs Inc. (OTC: CRLBF) (CSE: CL)

Currently, the medical cannabis sector accounts for the majority of the global market share. Medical cannabis is much more readily available and accessible around different regions across the world because a handful of countries are looking to use cannabis as an alternative to traditionally prescribed drugs like opioids. However, the recreational cannabis market is thriving within the North American region, and despite not having federally legalized any form of cannabis, the U.S. is still the primary growth driver for the industry. Generally, the U.S. is seen as  the largest market primarily because of its early adoption. Throughout the past two decades, the U.S. has also attracted new consumers, leading to a massive user base.

Similarly, Canada is expected to witness similar consumer growth, especially after fully legalizing cannabis use. However, as the market continues to grow, consistent users will develop a tolerance while first-time users will have little-to-no tolerance. Primarily, the cognitive function is linked to the showing the highest level of tolerance. Typically, frequent users tend to go on “t-breaks” in order to lower their tolerance. T-breaks are short breaks which mainly recreational users take when they develop a high tolerance, but for medical patients suffering from chronic pain or other symptoms, t-breaks are not an option.

Henceforth, cultivators have set out to develop high-quality premium cannabis to appease both spectrums of the user market. Specifically, “craft” cultivators are developing high-end and expensive strains within the marketplace. Craft cultivators are similar to craft breweries, both want to achieve the top quality product for their consumers and craft cultivators pride themselves on their strenuous and meticulous process of closely monitoring each individual plant and providing optimal nutrients in order to grow the perfect plant.

“There is a coolness factor to artisan and craft style products and this trend is also picking up amongst cannabis consumers. For some, the uniqueness and exclusivity of craft cannabis are attractive. For others, the ethics and identity of a craft grower are compatible with their own and they want to be a part of that story. Yet, for others, simply supporting a local business, in the same way, they support their local farmer, is important,” said Lieze Boshoff, Founder of LBC3 Marketing. “But, in the end, we like to have choices. We like variety. We like to feel connected to whatever product it is that we consume. And this, in the end, is why craft growers will continue to thrive alongside their bigger brothers.”

Dallas Airport Police Arresting Dozens of CBD Oil Users

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Dallas Airport Police have confirmed that they will detain anyone with CBD oil –and then test all products for even “trace amounts of THC.” Worse, if any trace is found, they will arrest passengers and book them for possession of an illegal substance.

“One single, small amount of CBD oil that you thought was cool to take on a trip with you, could result in life-changing effects,” CBP Port Director Cleatus Hunt Jr. told KXAS.

Customs officers arrested a third person after a drug-sniffing dog alerted on the individual’s backpack. Inside, officers found a CBD vaporizer the traveler said he purchased at a CBD shop in Dallas. A field test of the cartridge indicated the presence of THC.

The federal 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp derivatives with THC levels at or below 0.3 percent; however, the field-testing equipment law enforcement officers currently use is not capable of accurately determining THC levels.

This means that potentially anything that even came into contact with THC could in theory, set off their testing, and result in an arrest.

Yes, CBD Is Illegal in North Dakota And You Can Be Arrested

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According to North Dakota Century Code, marijuana products are all illegal unless they come from the stalks or their fiber, or their seed oil or cakes.

“What does that statute mean? It’s impossible to determine because on one hand it says it’s legal if it comes from the seed, but you can’t have THC from the seed. But you can, but you can’t. So it’s a mess,” Legalize ND Chairman David Owen said.

We also talked with Fargo Police today who say you could be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor for buying or selling CBD, unless you have a medical marijuana card.

However, Fargo Police also say they don’t actively seek out stores who sell CBD products. Police add that if they learn of one, they go to that business, educate them on the law, tell them to stop their CBD sales and check back in a few weeks.

Worse, North Dakota’s highest court has decided not to rule on the legality of hemp-derived CBD, upholding a drug conviction for a vape-shop owner who sold CBD.

Hamda was charged with seven drug crimes after police seized CBD vape pens and gummy bears from two of his Tobacco Depot shops in 2017.

At least it’s not South Dakota,  where Governor Kristi Noem said it should stay illegal despite federal law, and while there is a debate over the future of cannabis law in the state, the Attorney General released a statement in March 2019 saying that hemp and CBD are still illegal.

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