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CBD for Children with ADHD – There is Hope !

CBD for children with ADHD

If you have found this article today then the chances are that you and I have some things in common. The biggest thing is that we obviously love our children and want to try our best to help them in any way that we can. Today I want to try my best to inject hope into your family life because I have been where you very well may be right now.

We live in an ever-changing world and over the decades one major thing that has changed is the number of children being diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD. ADHD can create so many problems in children’s lives that can have an effect on the entire family unit. My family has dealt with ADHD for more than 5 years and I want to share with you about our 9 year old son and why I recommend CBD for Children with ADHD.

What is ADHD ?

ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder and children with this may have issues controlling impulsive behaviors as well as paying attention. Although at this point ADHD has become a very common topic for discussion for people with children that have been diagnosed and even for adults who are now being diagnosed beyond childhood, a lot of people still don’t really understand what it means to live with ADHD.

For quite some time I was under the impression that my son was only being defiant and never listening to me but I learned over time that he was struggling to understand basic instructions. The first step to helping my son was to better understand what it is that he is dealing with on a day to day basis.

How is ADHD usually Treated ?

When my son was first diagnosed ADHD in 2015 I honestly didn’t think much of it other than I’m not putting him on medication. When it comes to the diagnosis of ADHD for children over a certain age medication and some form of behavioral therapy follow suit. The thing is like many other parents I knew my son needed help but I wanted to avoid giving him medication that may not help and could even make things worse.

I went to many doctors and practices and they all pointed me to some form of stimulant medication. With that being said we went through what most parents who have an ADHD diagnosed child go through, the trial and error phase. We tried medication after medication with many varying results from better focus with anger and tantrums to no benefit with attention and depression to boot. After nearly 2 years of trial and error it was time to do more research and find a way to help our son without all the side effects.

“There has to be Another way Besides Pharmaceuticals”

Looking into the research on all the medications we tried over the years we found the same things the doctors told us up front as well as some other things that may have been skipped over. It’s not that we didn’t do our due diligence we were just at a point of desperation with him being behind academically plus getting kicked out of program after program.

Upon further research we came across the concept that CBD could help with anxiety, impulsivity and many other underlying symptoms of ADHD that the stimulants and even a few non stimulants never helped with. We had our own issues with anxiety and stress from regular life let alone trying to help our son. So we decided to try CBD ourselves as well as let our son try it since we had tried so many other things that didn’t work.

Drugs didn’t Help but CBD did

Well this is where things get interesting. After trying several prescribed medications such as Quillivant, Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvance and Focalin and having so many variations of results, one thing was congruent for all of them, he had depression and anger. We started using CBD in 2018 when my son was around 7 years old. We noticed instantly he was more calm and that he went to bed easier. After taking CBD for several weeks it was like it just all ended. He still had impulsivity and he still has his issues with focus but he was able to control his anger so much better. The years of tantrums and violence in school and being kicked out of multiple Boys and Girls Clubs as well as other programs seemed to be long gone.

CBD didn’t make my sons ADHD disappear. We still have our times of anger and frustration in our home and he still has a lot of work to do to be where he needs to be academically but the major thing that has changed is that he is able to be in programs and not get kicked out. He has been doing Karate for 6 months now and is a camo Belt. His grades have improved drastically and we all get to enjoy family time while being able to communicate on a level I never thought would be achievable. We feel like we got many of the benefits we noticed with ADHD medication with none of the side effects by using CBD.

You Can Help Your Child with ADHD

The point of this entire article is to give some form of hope for people who have children with ADHD. ADHD is something that takes patience on a daily bases to deal with and to help someone with but CBD has helped. I am not attempting to deter you from giving your doctor recommended medication a chance to help your child do better in school or for whatever reason it may be, I am simply presenting to you what has helped my family in our journey that we are still on with our son. CBD hasn’t only helped my son with his ADHD but it has helped my wife and I to deal with the daily pressures of work life and family life balance.

If you have tried medications or you are just looking for some form of help for the day to day struggles or dealing with a loved one dealing with ADHD, I implore you to consider trying CBD for a few weeks on a trial run just like you would or have already done with what doctors may have prescribed. Your family will benefit in so many ways and I can’t wait to hear how CBD has helped you.

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Dustin Johnson

Hi There! My name is Dustin Johnson (not the golfer). I am a sales professional/motivator by day and CBD content writer by night. I created trynaturalhealing.com because I want to share my passion for CBD and natural healing remedies to help people become the best version of themselves. When I’m not writing you can find me gardening or shooting hoops with my son, Kayden.

8 Comments

  1. HI, thanks for sharing your very personal account of this common but difficult circumstance. I count myself as very fortunate that neither my now adult son nor our still young daughter have this condition. I do like to think though if I was confronted with such an issue I would try some other natural approaches. I’m not saying this would be in any way valid, but I wonder whether you also tried yoga, or meditation techniques, or dance or music therapy. I worry now these days giving our daughter any kind of medication and then to treat temporary illnesses etc. Maybe I am being over cautious. Anyway, I just wondered whether you looked into any of those other possible avenues. Good luck to you and best regards, Andy

    • Hey Andy,
      Thanks for reading my post about ADHD. I am glad you brought it to my attention that I forgot to even talk about some of the other natural approaches we use for my son. We have and continue to do yoga, palates and meditation pretty often and it does help. I will continue to post new material pertaining to other natural remedies we use daily. CBD has been a big help in our house but there are other amazing natural approaches we want to share !

      -Dustin DNAInc

  2. Hey Dustin, This is great. I am a big fan of natural and organic healing methods. Especially for these type of illnesses, the pill can have long term serious side effects. And it is not difficult to stop taking those once you start as well.
    It is awesome that you recommend CBD with your own experience.
    Rajith

    • Thanks Rajith we are trying to spread the good news. I am glad you enjoyed the article and we agree natural methods are the best !

      ~Dustin DNAinc

  3. Hi Dustin, ADHD seems to be a very common thing nowadays amongst our children and you ask to ask the question why? Growing up I don’t remember this amongst people I knew.

    However, my wife has 3 boys in the family who do suffer badly with this condition but haven’t been down the CBD oil route.
    I guess because of all the bad press that the industry has suffered over the years and lack of knowledge.

    I know in our case this was because of the parents.

    People associate CBD oil with Marijuana and getting high.

    Still, a lot of research needs to be done and I’m glad to see that you are making a difference by spreading the word.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Mick

    • Thank you so much for your feedback Mick. We are trying our best to spread the word about CBD and other natural healing alternatives. The more people here and learn about CBD, the more they will believe in it as much as we do. The future looks bright for the Hemp industry.

      ~Dustin DNAinc

  4. Hi Dustin,
    As an independent child psychologist and psychotherapist I regularly encounter children that either have the diagnosis AD(H)D or show certain behaviors that raise suspicions about a underlying developmental disorder. I’m open to alternative approaches, besides the standardizes ones.
    To me, it really was interesting to read about your personal experiences with CBD. I didn’t have experience with clients taking CBD so this certainly brought me new info.
    I agree with you that medication (as Ritalin for example) for young children should ALWAYS be handled and viewed with great care. Unfortunately, there are many side effects and there is not yet a clear picture of the impact of such medication on a brain that is still developing.
    So I’m definitely in favor of other ways that can support well-being besides therapy or stress-regulating activities that help to calm the brain as yoga, meditation, mindfulness. Are you familiar with fish oil capsules? There are increasing number of clues that they can contribute in a positive way. See for yourself if that’s something you want to learn more about…
    I wish you all the best!

    Kind regards,
    Catherine

    • First of all, it is a privilege to have a child psychologist read my blog. I have learned a lot from talking with different doctors through the years and I believe for some people medication may be a necessity. I’m not sure where my strong opposition for pharmaceuticals even came from but finding natural alternatives has became the norm for my family over the years. We do yoga as well as some of the other practices you mentioned. We are always open to new ideas and I really appreciate your feedback. Also, hemp oil and hemp seeds are a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3.

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