Medical Marijuana For ADHD

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Several Bay Area physicians who prescribe medical marijuana to their patients said their client base had grown to include teenagers with psychological disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in recent interviews.

“It’s not everyone’s medication, but it does make a huge difference for others,” said Valerie Corral, a founding member of the Wo / Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, a group of patients in Santa Cruz who have two dozen minors as registered clients.

Since California does not allow physicians to disclose medical marijuana cases, there is no credible data on how many minors were approved to obtain it. But Dr. Jean Talleyrand, who created MediCann, a network of 20 clinics in Oakland allowing patients to use the drug, said his staff members had treated as many as 50 patients aged 14 to 18 who had A.D.H.D. Bay Area physicians at the forefront of the heated medical marijuana controversy, increasing tolerance for people with serious diseases such as terminal cancer and AIDS. Nevertheless, as these physicians use their discretion more liberally, such support-even here-can be more difficult to obtain, especially when it comes to using marijuana to treat adolescents with A.D.H.D.

“How many ways can one say ‘one of the worst ideas of all time?'” Stephen Hinshaw, University of California’s chairman of the psychology department, Berkeley asked. He cited studies showing that tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, interferes with attention , memory, and concentration-functions that are already impaired in people with attention deficit disorder.

Advocates are just as vocal, but in a distinct minority. “It’s better than aspirin,” said Dr Talleyrand. He and other proponents of marijuana claim that it is also healthier than methylphenidate (Ritalin), the most widely prescribed stimulant prescription drug for treating A.D.H.D. This drug has reported potential side effects like insomnia , depression, facial tics and stunted growth.

Voters passed a ballot measure in 1996 that made California the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Twelve other states followed suit-allowing cannabis for several common, serious conditions like cancer and AIDS-but only California adds the grab-bag term “for any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.”

This has left some clinicians willing to “recommend” cannabis-they can not legally prescribe it in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of medical marijuana-with leeway that some use to a daring degree. “You should get that for a backache,” said Keith Stroup, the director of the Drug Law Reform National Organization.