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Does marijuana use have a different effect on children with ADHD compared to those children who are normal? I have smoked marijuana for 2 years, and recently quit. Now that i quit, i feel even worse. I can't focus, and it feels like my thoughts are racing

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

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You have not specified if you have been formally diagnosed with adhd.
The impact of marijuana on people with adhd is controversial. There are reports by some individuals that using marijuana might slow down the rapid thoughts they have with adhd. However, marijuana is documented to cause problems with attention and memory. It can even lead to hallucinations. Marijuana use can be the gateway to using heavier drugs. When you stop using marijuana you may experience withdrawal symptoms - i know that many people insist that can't happen. Many people who have adhd also suffer from depression and anxiety, and the marijuana might impact those conditions. If your thoughts are racing, you feel angry and depressed - i recommend that you see your doctor or a behavioral health provider. You need a thorough evaluation to ensure that you don't suffer from conditions other than adhd such as a mood disorder.

In brief: You

You have not specified if you have been formally diagnosed with adhd.
The impact of marijuana on people with adhd is controversial. There are reports by some individuals that using marijuana might slow down the rapid thoughts they have with adhd. However, marijuana is documented to cause problems with attention and memory. It can even lead to hallucinations. Marijuana use can be the gateway to using heavier drugs. When you stop using marijuana you may experience withdrawal symptoms - i know that many people insist that can't happen. Many people who have adhd also suffer from depression and anxiety, and the marijuana might impact those conditions. If your thoughts are racing, you feel angry and depressed - i recommend that you see your doctor or a behavioral health provider. You need a thorough evaluation to ensure that you don't suffer from conditions other than adhd such as a mood disorder.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Stephen Christensen
Family Medicine

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The benefits you obtained from smoking marijuana aren't unlike those of "normal" people.
Marijuana has a generally calming effect in most individuals, so if you normally have racing thoughts and are easily distracted, marijuana would be expected to "mellow" these problems to a certain degree. Unfortunately, marijuana can be calming to the point of demotivation, which can be a problem for anyone who must fulfill obligations or attain certain goals on a daily basis. The demotivating effects of marijuana can be particularly troublesome for children, adolescents, and individuals with certain psychological disorders, such as adhd or depression. If you've been diagnosed with adhd, your needs would probably be better met with medical therapy. See your doctor to discuss your options.

In brief: The

The benefits you obtained from smoking marijuana aren't unlike those of "normal" people.
Marijuana has a generally calming effect in most individuals, so if you normally have racing thoughts and are easily distracted, marijuana would be expected to "mellow" these problems to a certain degree. Unfortunately, marijuana can be calming to the point of demotivation, which can be a problem for anyone who must fulfill obligations or attain certain goals on a daily basis. The demotivating effects of marijuana can be particularly troublesome for children, adolescents, and individuals with certain psychological disorders, such as adhd or depression. If you've been diagnosed with adhd, your needs would probably be better met with medical therapy. See your doctor to discuss your options.
Dr. Stephen Christensen
Dr. Stephen Christensen
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