Let’s Talk About Focus & Attention
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Focus By The Numbers
Level of Evidence: Anecdotal
Apothecare has ranked Focus and Attention on the lowest level of the evidence pyramid. There is very little research assessing cannabis use in this area.
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Anecdotally, there are reports that the calming effects of cannabis may help with focus and attention. A survey of patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reported that they use cannabis to reduce hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness, mental frustration, and the side effects of ADHD medication. However, they did also report cannabis negatively affected their memory and cognition. The negative effects on memory and cognition are likely due to the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis. Choosing a cannabis product with more cannabidiol (CBD) and less THC may be appropriate if you want to avoid negative impacts on memory and cognition.
More research is needed in the area of ADHD to identify how cannabis can be helpful to manage its symptoms. The treatment for ADHD is mostly limited to a class of prescription stimulant medications known as amphetamines. This class of medications can have intolerable side effects and is why researchers are interested in cannabis and its role in focus and attention.
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Cannabis use may not be appropriate for you if have one or more of the following:
- A history or family history of psychosis in the family
- Currently taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin
- Reduced liver function
- History of addiction
- A complex medication regimen (cannabis can interfere with the metabolism of several classes of medications)
- Sedating medications such as benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam) and/or opioids (such as Percocet)
Make sure to talk to a knowledgeable healthcare professional to make sure cannabis is safe for you!
Cannabis products come in a variety of different formulations such as oils, capsules, creams, dried flower, and concentrates. With an extensive number of products available on the market, it can be quite confusing to select a product that may work for you. Our pharmacists are trained to assess which cannabis products can be safe and effective for you. Reach out to a Pharmacist today for a consultation!
Stueber A, Cuttler C. Self-Reported Effects of Cannabis on ADHD Symptoms, ADHD Medication Side Effects, and ADHD-Related Executive Dysfunction. J Atten Disord. 2022;26(6):942-955. doi:10.1177/10870547211050949, 10.1177/10870547211050949