Legal Marijuana and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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In recent interviews, many Bay Area physicians who prescribe medical marijuana for their patients said that their clientele had grown to include teens suffering from mental problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Valerie Corral, a founder of the Wo/Alliance Men’s for Medical Marijuana, a patients’ collective in Santa Cruz with two dozen minors as registered clients, said, “It’s not everybody’s medicine, but for some, it can make a profound difference.”

There is no accurate statistics on how many minors have been approved to obtain medical marijuana in California because doctors are not required to record cases involving medical marijuana. However, Dr. Jean Talleyrand, who created MediCann, a network of 20 clinics in Oakland that allow patients to use medical marijuana, said his staff have handled as many as 50 patients aged 14 to 18 with A.D.H.D. Bay Area physicians have been at the forefront of the fierce debate about medical marijuana, winning tolerance for people with grave illnesses such as terminal cancer and AIDS. However, as these physicians exercise their discretion more freely, such help – even here – can become more difficult to come by, especially when it comes to the use of marijuana to treat adolescents with A.D.H.D.

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

Advocacy groups are similarly adamant, but they are a tiny minority. Dr. Talleyrand said, “It’s better than aspirin.” He and other marijuana supporters contend that it is also safer than methylphenidate (Ritalin), a stimulant prescription medication widely used to treat A.D.H.D., which has been related to insomnia, depression, facial tics, and stunted development.