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7 minute read - Mar. 1st, 2019


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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention¹. Due to the prevalence of ADHD and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), there is an increasing amount of research on different methods of addressing ADHD. These methods of addressing ADHD usually include therapy and prescription medications, but can also include natural alternatives like cannabidiol (CBD).

If you haven’t had success addressing ADHD or ADD with traditional medications, consider the possible benefits of adding cannabidiol oil in your daily routine.

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Understanding ADHD

ADHD consists of a range of symptoms that can cause excessive fidgeting, restlessness, anxiety, difficulty paying attention, and not completing tasks. Children and adults with ADHD may also talk excessively and have some difficulty maintaining interpersonal relationships.

bored teenager in school looking off into the distance inattentivelySince there is no known cure for ADHD, people often explore alternatives and medical interventions to make everyday life more manageable.

The symptoms of attention-deficit disorders can range in severity. Mild cases of ADHD may be corrected by addressing the associated behaviors with therapy. Severe ADHD may require ADHD medications, especially in cases where it interferes with school, work, and other everyday activities.

While there is no single cause of ADHD or ADD, genetics, family history, and early developmental risk factors may contribute.



CBD, a chemical from the hemp plant, is reported to have a calming effect for the user. This can help decrease the hyperactive symptoms that are attributed to ADHD. It may also help improve your attention span and minimize other mental health effects seen with ADHD, such as anxiety and depression.



Due to CBD’s potential, there has been widespread clinical research on the possible benefits related to ADHD. The effects of CBD occur due to how the chemical interacts with receptors in your central nervous system. Here’s what just some of the research says regarding CBD for ADHD:

  • Research² has shown that CBD can make people with ADHD feel better and is particularly helpful for anxiety symptoms.
  • CBD may also help you fall asleep and stay asleep, according to Harvard³.
  • One study⁴ on adults with ADHD stated the following conclusion. “While not definitive, this study provides preliminary evidence supporting the self-medication theory of c****** (including CBD) use in ADHD and the need for further studies of the endocannabinoid system in ADHD.”



Hyper kids that are excited and smilingDepending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may suggest medications such as amphetamine or methylphenidate. Common prescriptions for ADHD include Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta.

When you’re addressing the symptoms of ADHD, it is best to avoid the intoxicating chemical THC. Some ADHD sufferers will try high THC plants (up to 30%), this concentration of THC typically gives people a psychoactive effect. But, CBD oil does not get you high or have psychoactive properties. In fact, it is typically derived from hemp, which is required to have less than 0.3% THC. So your child will be able to feel the desired benefits of CBD without any high or intoxication. Daddy Burt Hemp Co. carries CBD isolates which are completely THC free CBD oil products!

ADHD is best addressed with a multi-angled approach, which includes medical interventions, therapies, and lifestyle changes.


Help improve focus and attention with:

  • Regular exercise (60 minutes per day)
  • Getting enough sleep at night
  • Behavioral or occupational therapy
  • Play therapy (for younger ADHD children)
  • Limiting screen time
  • Eating a healthy diet and decreasing consumption of sugar, caffeine, and processed foods


CBD may also be beneficial for you if:



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CBD oil may be taken orally (by mouth) or CBD cream can be rubbed on the skin. CBD is most effective for ADHD symptoms when taken orally. You can ingest CBD as an oil, a capsule, or in a pre-made edible form, such as CBD gummies.

If you are new to CBD, it is best to start with a low amount and gradually increase the dosage until you feel the desired benefits. New CBD users often begin with 15mg/day, taking half in the morning and a half in the evening. Daily CBD users frequently report experiencing their desired effects at 25mg/day. You may notice improvements quickly, but the effects of CBD can take time to make significant changes in your symptoms while you identify the best amount of CBD for your body.



ADHD isn’t curable, so relief is based on symptom management. Traditional prescription medications may be addictive and can cause significant side effects. This is where CBD oil may have a huge impact on your daily life. While more studies still need to be completed (especially in children), CBD offers a great deal of promise for ADHD and ADD symptoms.

To order your CBD products today, visit our online store!

Written by:

Sean Cope

Sean is an employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He graduated from the University of Michigan and is focused on helping educate people about the benefits of CBD.

Reviewed by:

Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry.

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