Since the pandemic, isolation and lockdowns specifically, a surge in diagnosis of ADHD has followed, along with a variety of anxiety and stress related conditions. Some medical experts have called this surge the “post-COVID mental health pandemic” offering a variety of reasons for the sudden surge. Some of the reasons linked to the surge include:
Working From Home
Reduction in Time Outdoors
Lack of In-Person Socialization
Increase in Device Usage
Many researchers and experts agree that it is likely a combination of mental fatigue and isolation that triggered the ADHD to skyrocket. Patients commonly reported periods during the pandemic where they found it increasingly difficult, or impossible in some instances, to focus and stay on task. Before diving into this, first let’s discuss what ADHD is. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often characterized by a combination of inattentiveness with excessive need to move and impulsivity.
Clinical examination by a trained medical practitioner is required for diagnosis, but understanding the signs of ADHD can give you insights on whether a visit to your doctor is warranted. Consider the following, and contact your general practitioner and make an appointment to gain more insight into your specific case.
Common Signs of ADHD
- Trouble finishing projects. Individuals suffering from ADHD may find that starting projects is simple, but finishing them seems insurmountable.
- Fidgeting or being unable to sit still. Associated with needing to have sources of constant stimulation many people with ADHD are restless in nature.
- Excessive talking and physical movement. The need for constant stimulation may be expressed outwardly in some circumstances.
- Restless leg syndrome. Experts associate the RLS and dopamine deficit experienced by those with ADHD and periods of hyper focus. These conditions are frequently correlated.
There are many more symptoms, and range of behaviors that may ultimately lead to the diagnosis and define treatments and interventions for ADHD. It is best to discuss any concerns in behaviors, or changes in behaviors, with your doctors at each visit as early intervention often provides best results.
Now back to the surge in cases of ADHD. A Meta-Analysis published in June 2023 illustrated how ‘ADHD Symptoms Increased During the COVID-19 Pandemic and pointed to the importance of management in post-pandemic recovery.
Cannabinoid Treatment Options for ADHD
An article published in the International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine explains how CBG trials have determined that it can offer relief from many of the symptoms commonly associated with ADHD. The trials they discuss point to improvement through increased energy, thinking, attention, calmness, and sleep.
While many adults may attempt to manage their own symptoms and use any combination of THC and CBD during their course of attempts, recently CBG has been risen to the top. This is following the recounting of one patient’s experience, Stephen, published in Cannabis Health News. During the interview for this article Stephen explains that it wasn’t until he introduced CBG into his regime that he saw massive results. In his account he references how he received better sleep and a reduction of symptoms that allowed for him to improve greatly.
Stephen isn’t the only one. Many ADHD sufferers, and individuals that find that they have symptoms similar to ADHD, find great relief by incorporating CBG into their daily routine. While recommended dosage may vary from user to user for optimal benefits, it is suggested that 50mg (1:1 CBG:CBD) even as little as one to two times per day, may offer a reduction in symptoms. More severe and chronic sufferers may use more to achieve similar results.
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