5 Best Marijuana Strains for ADHD [2019 Update]
January 22, 2019

5 Best Marijuana Strains for ADHD [2019 Update]

Medical Cannabis Facts and Effective Treatment
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 22, 2019

Best Marijuana Strains ADHD

Marijuana and ADHD is a highly controversial topic, especially as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is more common in children and teens. As a matter of fact, ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder among children.

Recent surveys show that roughly 11% of children 4-17 years old have been diagnosed with ADHD, and 4-5% of U.S. adults have it.

Recently, several studies have indicated that cannabis may offer a viable, practical form of relief for those suffering from the debilitating effects of ADHD. Of course, the question remains of whether or not it is safe for all age groups.

In this article we not only talk about some of the potential effects of cannabis for ADD, but also what some of the best marijuana strains for ADHD are, in fact you are considering trying out the herb for yourself.

What is ADHD and How Might Marijuana Help?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) is a condition that tends to appear in children. It is usually discovered during the early school years when a child has problems paying attention at school or during specific activities.

ADHD can follow you through to your adulthood and prevent you from running a normal structured life. For example, you might experience problems managing time, being organized or even holding down a job. In adults, ADHD has been known to lead to a number of problems including:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems

Children that are diagnosed with ADHD will often show signs of hyperactivity and inattention. For example, having problems sitting still, playing quietly, fidgeting or being extremely impulsive. Inattention examples can include being easily distracted, having problems organizing daily tasks, and tendency to daydream.

| Research has found that the brains of people with ADHD are smaller in regions that regulate impulse control, concentration, and inhibition.

Brain development in those who have ADHD is also different. The neuro-pathways don’t connect and mature at the same rate making it harder to pay attention and focus. ADHD can also affect people’s brain chemistry. Those with ADHD have been known to have problems processing dopamine a chemical connected to movement, sleep, and learning.

DID YOU KNOW? Not all kids with ADHD continue to have it as they grow up, but if you have it as an adult, you likely had it as a child — even if you were not aware of it.

What Causes ADHD… and can Cannabis really Help?

ADHD is one of those medical conditions that researchers can’t pinpoint the exact cause. It was once thought that ADHD was directly connected to sugar intake or due to watching too much TV, but that is likely incorrect and as of today there is no scientific proof that backs up those theories.

With that being said, there is more of an understanding of the condition, compared to previous years. Recent research suggests that ADHD can be caused by:

  • Heredity | ADHD tends to get passed down within families. Studies show up to 60% of adults with ADHD will pass it on to their kids.
  • Brain Changes/Injury | Areas of the brain that control attention is affected or injured.
  • Abuse during pregnancy | Smoking, drinking and poor nutrition can cause ADHD in your new born. Children exposed to tobacco smoke prenatally are 2.4 times as likely to have ADHD.

Common Treatments for ADHD (Marijuana Not Included)

ADHD Therapy Treatment

For all intents and purposes, ADHD treatments are divided into two main categories: Medication and Therapy. More often than not, these two treatments are overlapped to create an effective – or at least manageable – regimen that keeps the most severe symptoms at bay.

Let’s take a look at both of these forms of treatment for ADHD (marijuana is of course not included here, but we will talk about how it may be used – and how it is currently being used – for ADD later in the article).

Medical Treatments for ADHD (Non-Cannabis)

When discussing pharmaceutical drugs to treat ADHD the list goes on. There are dozens of drugs on the market, some of which have been used since the 50s. These include:

  • Adderall (amphetamine)
  • Concerta (methylphenidate)
  • Daytrana (methylphenidate patch)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • DextroStat (dextroamphetamine)
  • Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)
  • Metadate (methylphenidate)
  • Methylin (methylphenidate)
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)

Stimulants have a calming effect on children with ADHD and can last for 4-12 hours. Side effects of these medications include weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, and loss of appetite. If you are taking any medications for ADHD be sure to follow the instructions on the package or take them as prescribed by your doctor.

Therapy Treatment for ADHD (Non-Cannabis)

Children and adults have been known to benefit from some form of therapy. Therapy comes in all shapes and sizes and is normally recommended by your primary doctor according to the type of ADHD you are suffering from.

The different forms of therapy include; behavior therapy, psychotherapy, family therapy and social skills training, which is intended for those who suffer from social skills, teaching them appropriate behaviors.

Marijuana for ADHD – Does it Work?

Marijuana Treatment ADHD

Research on marijuana and ADHD is extremely premature, and in regards to children and medical cannabis, that is something that isn’t often discussed. On the one hand, patients are claiming that marijuana is helping them deal with their ADHD, without all the horrible side-effects of “Big Pharma” drugs such as headaches and sickness.

| Marijuana for ADHD relief is not something that is frequently talked about. But can it actually work?

On the other hand, it is currently thought that smoking marijuana below the age of 20 can have a serious effect on the development of your brain and it is therefore not recommended. Realistically, there is no large amount of clinical data that objectively supports either one of these notions.

The fact remains that marijuana for ADHD is something that thousands of adults use to great effect, but in order to claim that it is an actual, veritable treatment option, we must wait for proven clinical trials that are carried out under laboratory settings.

Why is Cannabis used as a Treatment for ADHD?

As we mentioned above, those that have ADHD tend to have problems processing dopamine. The compounds found in cannabis, called cannabinoids, are thought to correct the dopamine deficiency if dosed correctly. THC increases dopamine concentrations and activates dopamine neurons.

Furthermore, in its raw form cannabis can provide the mental slowdown allowing people who have ADHD to focus and better concentrate more easily. This is done by balancing the dopamine in the brain.

Additionally, cannabis is thought to help treat the side effects of ADHD stimulants, for example, reduce the stress associated with the condition, reduce nausea, stimulate appetite and improve sleep. Some doctors prescribe a combination of cannabis and stimulants. The drugs assist with the ADHD while the cannabis can assist with the side-effects of the drugs.

5 Best Marijuana Strains for ADHD

If you’re one of the types who has assumed that “marijuana is marijuana” and there are no real differences between strains, then think again. Heck, all you really have to do is walk into a dispensary and have a look (or better yet a smell) of all the different weed options they have.

Each and every one of these strains are packed with different cannabinoid and terpene profiles, and produce different effects on the body and mind. Here are five that have shown (anecdotally) over the years to produce positive effects for common ADHD symptoms:

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel Cannabis Strain
Sour Diesel is one of the world’s most popular cannabis strains. Walk into any dispensary, anywhere in the world and ask for Sour Diesel and they will know what you’re talking about. Known as Sour D, or Sour Deez this Sativa-dominant hybrid strain is loaded with 26% THC and 2% CBD. This marijuana strain is known for bringing on an uplifting creative high and is perfect for treating a wide range of medical conditions such as anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue. The key with this cannabis strain is dosing. Get it right, and it will help you stay focused and get things done.

Green Crack

Green Crack Marijuana Strain
Just the sound of those two words “Green Crack” will make you shiver. And so it should. This notorious strain got its name from Snoop Dogg and is known for being highly addictive. THC can reach as high as 24%, and this powerhouse can provide a boost of energy to help you get things done. It is known for helping people with a variety of problems including ADHD, PTSD and works wonders for migraines.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream Strain
Blue Dream actually does the exact opposite that what its name refers to. Instead of getting you couch-locked in dreamland, this cannabis strain is known for giving a jolt of energy that leaves you completely focused and motivated. It is a great cannabis strain to help deal with the side effects of ADHD medications and can help with chronic pain.

True OG

This fairly unknown marijuana strain has gained popularity over the last couple of years due to its calming effect. This strain isn’t a “booster” strain and won’t zap you with a jolt of energy, but either calm down your brown so that you can focus on simple tasks. True OG is an Indica dominant strain that is known for combating stress and distractions.

Gorilla Glue #4

Gorilla-Glue-4 - Marijuanabreak

This is the last cannabis strain on our list and has won several awards due to its beautiful frosty flowers and its potent effects. Similar to all the strains above Gorilla Glue #4 has medical benefits that behave like an amphetamine to help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD. GG#4 was accidentally creative by Josey Whales but soon turned into a sensation helping to treat a variety of medical conditions including; OCD, chronic pain, and arthritis.

Final Thoughts about Marijuana and ADHD

As we’ve stated several times throughout this article, marijuana and ADHD is a highly delicate topic, and those who are thinking about using medical cannabis as a form of treatment should consult with a medical doctor before usage.

As it turns out however, it appears that the key is dosing. Get it right, and it may help with your condition. Get it wrong, and it may worsen the situation. Medical marijuana will not work for everyone, but if it does, you may find that it helps relieve some of the discomforts associated with this disorder.

And lastly, we can only hope that better quality, more reliable information comes to light in the very near future about the use of marijuana for ADHD. We are seeing scientific and clinical progression with each and every year that passes, and we are only expecting this to continue in the future.

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  1. Steven
    Weed and ADHD

    I’ve used cannabis for 30 years to treat ADHD . And it works very well it was my little secret I don’t normally tell people about that because they judge you. I would often get in trouble with the police and end up in court for doing my thing . Doctors would tell me it’s the rong thing to do and to take my dexies .. looks like people are working this out … If you don’t abuse it you will get great results.😎

  2. Lourdes Graham

    Blue Dream calms me down from everyday stress

  3. Annely

    I want to make oil for my ADHD child. What plant would you recommend and how do I get it. I live in Cape Town. Also how much oil do I give. Thank you

  4. Ezgi

    I have had ADD since I was a child, and I have been a cannabis user for a long time. I have used several strains, but have never seen anything like Red Congolese. It gives me true clarity, increases my focus and gives me tons of creative inspirations for whatever I’m working on. I haven’t found any other strain that helps my ADD to this extent, including the famous ADD-helper Sour Diesel. Highly recommended.

  5. Jeanne Foley

    Green crack is the best strain for curing ADHD in kids. I use it for my child and find it very effective.

    1. Bruce

      What dosage do you give and how old is your child? Where do you get this strain?

  6. Stephanie

    Good evening
    My son is 8. He has ADHD and dyslexia. We are having a difficult time with his attention to task, lack motivation for academics and his extreme impulsive behavior. He is able to recall what he wants too. But he doesn’t have the mental capacity to slow down and try.
    I am trying to find a cannabis that will work for him. If you have any suggestions. I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you

  7. Amber

    Keep in mind that dose matters. I microdose with it. I used to use tincture but now I turn my tincture into cannacaps and chocolates. Low dose cannacaps during the day and chocolates at night. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get specific strains where I live so I make do with what I can get. Currently I get ak77 which is a hybrid. Unfortunately I can’t get the lineage either but I think I can guess one of the parents.

  8. Aly

    My doctor banned my Adderall prescription and told me I’ve been taking it to long .she said your an adult and you don’t need Adderall. I don’t abuse it ; only take it when I’m working . I’ve been having a tough week cause she wouldn’t give my Adderall. She put me on Wellbutrin ( I don’t have depression ) just ADD , focus and being alert is rough. So don’t like the Wellbutrin it did the opposite effect on me ,made me depressed, tired, not talkative , and no feeling of focus.
    I don’t like head highs from weed. I’m more of a CBD person little thc like 2-5% is cool but anything more it goes to my head makes me paranoid. So I’m looking for the best advice to keep me awake , and help me focus and happy. I’m a hairdresser so I have to talk all day to my clients . Seeking that right strand to replace Adderall !
    Thanks Aly

    1. Adam

      Hi Aly. Depending on where you reside, you may have two options. The first to try high cbd strains. Check out these two links:


      Another option is to try a CBD oil that will help. Have you tried that?
      For example, check out this link: https://www.marijuanabreak.com/cbd-oil-for-sale/

      Let us know if you need any further assistance

  9. Shane

    I have Inattentive ADD, non-hyperactive. I have the Inattentive and day dreamers aspects of ADD minus the hyper side of ADD that most with ADD seem to have. I struggled in school, especially the beginning years, was even held back in first grade. No one knew I had IADD then, since I had no hyperactive symptoms, I was not diagnosed with ADD until I was 36 years old. I found out for myself what I had by going to the Psych conferences in Las Vegas where I heard Dr. Amen talk about the seven forms of ADD. When he listed the symptoms of IADD and the diagnosing criteria and they fit me very well, so finally I knew. I got tested just to make sure, and proper diagnosis, and sure enough, the spectra scan proved I had IADD. I tried Ritalin, but did not like it. It made me anxious, interferes with sleep, raised my blood pressure, and seemed to help the ADD only mildly. Cannabis however is amazing for the IADD. For the first time I was able to use my brain in ways I was not capable of doing before. I felt like it opened my eyes, made me so much more aware of my surroundings, other people, my own self. I feel alive, everything seems more real, vibrant, even my own thoughts become so much more strong. If I am to imagine a brick wall for example, I can feel it, it’s texture, temperature, solidarity. I can visualize things in my mind so much more clearly, and even create designs spontaneously in my mind. I feel my body, and I feel more real. Feel Alive. I notice huge ability change in my chess game. I can play expert level chess without any medication, but can not beat masters. I played a master level chess player for 2 hours after doing a medicinal dose, 3 Games, the last game lasted an hour. I beat the master level player one game, and nearly stalemated the last game. Playing the same player without any cannabis I get beat within 10 minutes, and don’t have a prayer of winning. To say it works well for IADD is an understatement. Ritalin doesn’t begin to compare. I also tried high dose effexor which produces higher dopamine levels at a higher dose. It actually seemed to work better than the Ritalin after I was on it for3 months. But it also interferes with sleep at high doses,and made my blood pressure high,increasing anxiety as well. Cannabis is the far superior choice. I realize that people without ADD can not relate, it will not promote higher focus in someone who does not have ADD, sorry. I do not like to get stoned. I like the medicinal dose that heals my ADD. At the proper dose I can ramp up my Alpha waves in my brain, where as without when I concentrate and focus my brain instead of ramping up the Alpha waves dose a dive into the Delta waves,opposite of what it should do. I thank God for marijuana. My perception of reality is highly increased, I can understand things that were way beyond my grasp before,I find it pleasurable to really use my mind in ways I only dreamed and wished I could before, while awake that is. Ironically when I dream my dreams even without meds are vivid,powerful,I use my brain like a normal person when asleep. Only when I am awake does ADD affect my mental ability’s. The ability’s are there,but without cannabis I can not utilize the ability’s of it. Emotions are much more real and strong too,such as love, the feeling of love, and happiness. With low dopamine levels, I stay dysthymic, never really happy, or even if I am happy it doesn’t really show, and is barely felt. My emotions become so much more vivid, I can feel in ways I couldn’t before, ways I can only feel when I dream. I notice things I never noticed before. When I use it, I purposely and actively try to use my mind to its full potential. To use it without putting my mind to work, would be a waste, except that my perceptions of the world around me are greatly enhanced, and Ican appreciate beauty even of familiar places, as if I am seeing them for the first time, and truly feeling alive.

    1. John M.

      Shane can you please let us know what strains you use, how you use them, how much you smoke, etc?

    2. Christopher Albert Johnson

      Hello, Can you please share the strain you are using?

    3. Eric

      Yeah, which strain please =)

    4. Lisa IADD af

      Thank you for sharing. I can relate to you on every level I have Iadd as well. I completely understand what you mean when you say you can finally see for the first time that’s how I feel or how I felt when I originally started taking Adderall I’m so immune to adderal now I can no longer see attention to details but at one time I did. I Googled different strains of marijuana for ADHD because I am desperate for help as you know living in a fog being sleepy and lacking interest with iadd is not living life thank you for sharing can I ask what strain of marijuana you use and if you use oil or smoke

    5. John

      Shane- Can you please share the strain(s) that have been most effective for you? Thanks.

  10. Lakesha

    It’s it hard to get a prescription??? I’m not a smoker but I’m trying to kick adderall. Please advise.

  11. Tice

    I have ADHD and nothing helps me like Cannabis dose. When I’m not smoking, I tend to be a rollercoaster of emotions. But most of the time I’m extremely apathetic and lack motivation. I have experience with all the strains listed here and I would say that GG4 and Sour D both work wonders for me. I feel like life matters again and I want to be a better me when I smoke. I think about things from a different perspective and have what feels like more human experience. I don’t have to stay high to keep the good effects around for a long time after, either. I have tried many prescription drugs to treat My ADHD and nothing compared to Cannabis so far. I think with more states legalizing, we will see more positive research on weeds affects on ADHD.

    1. John M.

      Tice I LOVE the description of how this has helped you. Thank you so much for sharing!

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