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marijuana and adhd

used to use weed to focus before I knew I had ADHD and then later too..got very addicted to it and found it did not help enough. Go to Marijuana Anonymous meetings and find some others there who used weed for ADD too. What are some of your experiences using weed as medicine to treat ADHD? Thanks.

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Medicine?

I can tell you my ADHD son’s experience. It cost him his chance at a 4 year full time college experience.Twice. It’s killed his motivation and pretty much left him miserably stuck working retail part time and washing dishes - and still not making enough to pay the few bills that he has. He’ll be serving burgers to his prep school classmates in a year or two.

As his neurologist said, ‘Pot gives ADHD symptoms to people who don’t have it. WTF do you think it’s doing to you?’

Posted by ADDedValue62 on Aug 09, 2014 at 3:06am

Thanks for sharing. I wonder though if your son is miserable or enjoying it…I did for a long time, and eventually realized I wasnt being for real..even if pot helped me to feel happy..it wasnt really being present and part of life..but I get why people with ADD smoke,it did help me study and finish college but that took over ten years and I didnt know I had add or what it was then so it was some help to smoke..it helped me to persevere..but it also kept me goofed up. Once I learned what ADD is I improved but the meds had worse side effects than weed..or so I thought,,pot was insidious and slow in its damage..but I had to experience this to want to stop..we say in recovery..“Its not for people who need it..its for people who want it”

Posted by Dirk on Aug 09, 2014 at 3:26am

Dirk,

Interesting question you’ve posed. I have just recently been diagnosed with ADHD. I have never tried marijuana so can’t attest to whether it works or not for ADHD. To ADDED Value62 there is medical marijuana being prescribed by physicians for children with a rare type of seizure disorder. I would be interested in knowing if there have been any studies done on the effects of Adults with ADHD gaining benefit from medical marijuana. It is becoming legal in more states.

Posted by becca2322 on Aug 09, 2014 at 7:31am

It could have killed me to be honest. I am a recovering addict and now take stimulant medication to treat my ADHD. I tried weed, pain pills and alcohol. Never at the same time but, what they do is slow your brain down even more. Our brains don’t move fast enough when you have ADHD so, if you use a medication, it helps to level you off. Self medication is never an answer. I had to learn that the hard way. I almost lost my family and friends. I can now have a job, go back to school, live happily, and best of all:SOBER. Not preachin’ to ya, I am just saying that your life will get even messier. You don’t have to do it alone anymore or with the use of marijuana. It won’t work. I tried it for many years.
    Hang in there. Hit me up if you want to talk.

Posted by jenyerhot on Aug 09, 2014 at 9:35am

I agree..sobriety and working at acceptance..and finding help and support have been better for me these last 7 plus yrs…and life is hard too at times..now I go thru life and do not hide or avoid life. Thanks

Posted by Dirk on Aug 09, 2014 at 1:02pm

Yeah, don’t smoke pot. It really doesn’t do anything good for you. There are countless studies that cite the damage that it does. It INFURIATES me that people say “oh it’s natural.”  It’s still a non-prescription drug. Do whatever you can to get off of it.

Posted by OopsForgotAgain on Aug 09, 2014 at 4:23pm

Discard those messages here that say pot is not good. IT IS ALWAYS GOOD, and has been good for humankind during 20 thousand years.  One thing you need to keep in mind though:
(ESPECIALLY if you smoke every day) 
1. Smoke very small amounts (like 2 or 3 puffs tops)
2. Do not smoke more than 2 times/day
3. Smoke EXPENSIVE stuff, selectionist brands kind of thing, not a street shwag. You will see a great improvement in all areas of your life once you start smoking pot correctly and not overindulging (this is by the way one of the main good effects of pot: to stop or slow down obsessions).

Posted by ADDRussian on Aug 10, 2014 at 5:38pm

I understand where you are coming from. I self-medicated for years. I discovered through a substance abuse program that I had ADD. Let me put it this way, when my ADD was properly medicated my self-medicating ended. The right medication changed my life. I tend to not agree with the negative view of psychiatry that most 12-step groups promote. I believe that the underlying issue of most all substance is a treatable condition. I believe that better mental healthcare could end the “war on drugs,” and save our country a lot of money by not loading the “legal system” with people with treatable mental illness. We MUST END the stigma that surrounds mental illness. The stigma is the “crazy” part about it. Our country has it all backwards. It makes me extremely mad.

Posted by TM on Aug 10, 2014 at 10:21pm

Well.. it is actually arising into a more ‘philosophical’  question:
what is a “self-medicating” ?
This term itself PRESUMES that you know less about YOURSELF than anyone (no matter how advanced and experienced your shrink is, you have an ability TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER than any doctor, no matter how many degrees he/she has or how many years of treating the ADD-“disorder” this doc. has).
If you know what I mean.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO “SELF-MEDICATE” as much as anyone else has the right to do it for you, based on what I said above.
Unless you fully acknowledge the ‘slave master/slave-owner’ type of social interactions, than it is a different matter. then , of course, you should never attempt to ‘self-medicate’, as your Master knows better what to make you insert into your body… wink

Posted by ADDRussian on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:38am

ADD Russian..I get from your response you use weed for ADHD..am I right? You seem paranoid about “The Man” .. i.e.,slave reference. I remember feeling like that too when under influence of marijuana..its not harmless in my experience and to advocate its always good seems unrealistic and kind of childish..I wonder if you are delusional concerning pot use? I know I was. Thanks for your response..good to hear from you.

Posted by Dirk on Aug 12, 2014 at 1:31am

“Epidemiological studies have shown that as the frequency of cannabis abuse increases, so does the risk for a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia.1”

Here’s the full article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2811144/

Posted by OopsForgotAgain on Aug 12, 2014 at 5:13pm

Seriously, get off that stuff. The way that people abuse substances (and their health in general) and then burden our medical system makes me a little crazy.

Posted by OopsForgotAgain on Aug 12, 2014 at 5:15pm

I would respond something literally to every word of this last statement, but then I have to do a lot of writing right here/ in brief. I guess “Thy shall not make conclusions about ’ the people’ “.

Posted by ADDRussian on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:53pm

or, ‘FOR’ the peple…

Posted by ADDRussian on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:54pm

It is not a good idea with ADD. I had undiagnosed ADD until last December and I didn’t smoke, but everybody in my dorm did to the point that my dorm reeked of the stuff 24/7 for at least a month. I’m almost certain I had a slight contact high and it accelerated all of my symptoms tenfold - had to drop a class and narrowly avoided flunking two others because of it. In my experience, it’s nothing but trouble.

Posted by Yubbles15 on Aug 20, 2014 at 5:09am

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