ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

Listen to “Marijuana and the ADHD Brain: How to Identify and Treat Cannabis Use Disorder” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Tune in to listen as Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., discusses the effects of marijuana on the developing brain. Cannabis is one of the most widely abused substances among people with ADHD,

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marijuana wallpaper, texture abstraction, many leaves of marijuana a hybrid of sativa and indica in greenhouse plantation

Listen to “Marijuana and the ADHD Brain: How to Identify and Treat Cannabis Use Disorder” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

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Individuals with ADHD carry a higher risk for substance use problems. Cannabis is one of the most widely abused substances among people with ADHD; studies show that those diagnosed with the condition are more likely to develop a Cannabis Use Disorder. One study found that 34% to 46% of those seeking treatment for cannabis dependence had an ADHD diagnosis.

Many parents and adults assume that cannabis is safe — even medicinal — for ADHD. These assumptions have been bolstered by the legalization of cannabis in more and more states. However, this is far from the truth, especially in young people. Cannabis carries lifelong psychological and physical consequences to the developing brain and body, and people with ADHD are especially vulnerable to its effects. Though marijuana use is a hotly debated topic, this webinar focuses on strong scientific studies and clinical examples to drive home the cannabis-ADHD connection.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Today’s presenter was excellent.  I would love to see him present again.”
  • “Excellent webinar. Critical timing as more and more states are legalizing weed and our kids are getting the idea that it is harmless, etc.  People need to wake up to what is happening to our youth!”
  • “This was a VERY informative and helpful webinar!  Would love an expanded version.”
  • “Great points with the research to back them up. Will be very helpful as I continue to educate my teen patients.”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on February 26, 2020.

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Updated on April 14, 2020

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