Photo by Kaya Blaze Kelley for Herb
Some strains of cannabis can be great allies in the treatment of ADHD. Get to know them and their different effects.
We all have difficulty concentrating at times. Whether you have been professionally diagnosed with ADHD or not, staying focused is complex in a world that moves at rocket speed and where external stimuli arrive by the second.
Research in the field of cannabis and its effects on certain diseases or disorders such as ADHD is still scarce. But through anecdotal experiences, it has been possible to establish some correlation between certain strains and increased ability to concentrate.
It is important to be clear that cannabis is not the magic cure for ADHD, however, due to the different strain varieties and possible effects, there are some strains that can help stimulate concentration and help some people with ADHD to perform their daily tasks.
Finding the perfect strain to focus attention requires trial and error, there are many elements that influence the effects a strain can give us from its strain type (indica, sativa, or hybrid), to the cannabinoids present (higher THC or CBD) and terpenes. This list offers some starting points.
Let’s start at the beginning, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also called ADHD, is a behavioral disorder. It is characterized by impulsive behavior, inattention, and hyperactivity.
Impulsivity and inattention can make it impossible to finish a to-do list. For this reason, marijuana strains that help with concentration may be of some use.
Some terpenes present in the different strains can be great allies when it comes to improving concentration, mood, and relaxation, some of them are:
The Sour Diesel strain is perhaps one of the most famous marijuana strains in the world. Its cannabinoid profile is THC-leaning, with an average THC content of 22-26%.
This is a strain known to be ideal for the famous wake&bake, as it generates an energetic feeling when consumed. It is also known to increase creative ability and concentration ideal for accomplishing the tasks of the day.
Its main terpenes are caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene, which help the entourage effect to achieve the effects of the strain.
Sour Diesel is known for its classic marijuana appearance, with sugar green leaves and slightly pinkish-orange pistils.
When consumed you can expect flavors and smells leaning towards diesel, citrus, and a bit of skunk. Sour Diesel offers a positive mood and a beautiful wave of creativity.
Sour Diesel could help people with various mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and stress. It could be an extra help in managing ADHD, however, it is best to use relatively small amounts.
Be sure to go slow and easy; with this strain, a little goes a long way.
The Harle-Tsu strain is a higher CBD strain, with an average of 10%, while THC is only around 1%. The ratio is about 20:1 CBD to THC, so you can be sure that it is not a psychoactive strain.
Among the reported effects of the Harle-T strain is a quick pick-me-up, without causing a high. It provides the energy and focus some people need to complete their daily tasks.
Its main terpenes are myrcene, terpinolene, and pinene. Which helps the overall effect of the strain.
When consumed, Harle-Tsu lulls you into a lucid calm with little to no intoxicating effects, so you can keep your cognitive faculties intact.
Its aroma and flavor lean towards the earthy and spicy side, it is a strain that can be enjoyed throughout the day and would be extra support to ADHD treatment.
ACDC is another strain with a high CBD content, reaching around 20% while THC is below 1%, but can reach a maximum of 6%. It is not a psychoactive or intoxicating strain in general.
One of the most reported effects of ACDC is increased concentration. Users report feeling happier, livelier, and more focused.
This strain could be ideal for treating ADHD, as it boosts mood, putting users in a good mood. Also, according to consumer reports, it stimulates the ability to concentrate.
Among its main terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and some limonene.
ACDC is a sativa-dominant hybrid but does not provide the typical high of this variety, because of its CBD content. ACDC promotes a strong sense of calm and inner peace. It is not overdone, nor does it distort your cognitive function. Rather, you are likely to be surprised by an easy and contented sense of well-being.
It could be very helpful for anyone with social anxiety, as it really calms you down without being disabling in the least.
ACDC has a fresh, earthy scent with a bit of sweetness. Fresh earth, wood, and maybe even a little citrus tend to be the dominant flavors in ACDC.
Zkittlez, also known as “Skittles”, “Skittlz”, and “Island Skittles” is an indica marijuana strain. Two of its ancestors are known to be the Grape Ape and Grapefruit but there is another unknown strain that is part of the equation.
Zkittlez is a sweet strain with smells and tastes similar to strawberries, grapes, and other fruity flavors you might find in a bag of Skittles.
Its THC content is around 15-20% while CBD is around 1%. Its dominant terpene is caryophyllene.
When consuming Zkittlez some of its reported effects are calm and relaxation. So if ADHD is leaning towards the hyperactive side it will be a good alternative to calm the racing thoughts in the mind.
Users of this strain have reported feeling focused, alert, and happy while relaxing the body to help unwind at any time of the day.
Cinex is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain. It is an energizing yet relaxed strain, which helps consumers to be attentive and focused. Its THC content ranges between 20 and 25%.
This is a cerebral and energizing marijuana strain with strong euphoric effects. Expect to feel focused, blissful, and creative a few minutes after consuming it. This would be a great help for some of the most common symptoms of ADHD.
The aroma and taste are citrusy with some mild skunky undertones, which add a bit of tartness to the flavor.
Users who consume Cinex have reported feeling happy, energized, and with creative impulses.
As for its main terpenes we have buds loaded with limonene and pinene. This combination is a potent blend that helps with stress, depression, and anxiety while improving mental focus and reducing inflammation. In our opinion, it is the perfect strain for some cases of ADHD.