This writer had undiagnosed ADD all through my early school years, and began medicating with cannabis, unknowingly, at 16, able to focus on school work for the first time after smoking on the way to school out of peer pressure.
I did not know how it worked or why. I only knew that I was able to do my work more efficiently and was first published as a poet at 19. I’ve never written anything – not for TV, magazines, or otherwise, without first medicating by smoking a small amount of flower for focus.
Emile J. Fagerstrom describes himself as an “ADHD, Dyslexic, All-American athlete, latch-key kid on the Spectrum.” His family put him in sports to calm down, where he excelled, but cannabis as a teenager, was how he self-medicated.
Adderall was prescribed, and like many kids, he eventually turned to meth – which is the same substance, with the same effects and many negative connotations, including addiction and subsequent death.
“I never really felt high from cannabis because it worked for me,” he shared. “Cannabis helps me process situations, and not create high emotion situations, without being impulsive. You can’t discipline a child for not being involved – they need tools to help them. You can’t just tell a kid with hypertension to calm down. It will never work.”
Per Webmd.co – An article in Healthline.com states that even though there is not enough research on cannabis use for ADD or ADHD, patients are using it with success anyway.
“Many adolescents and adults with ADHD are convinced that cannabis does help them and has fewer side effects [than ADHD medications],” says Jack McCue, MD, FACP, an author, physician, and emeritus professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “It may be that they, not their doctors, are correct.”
This writer has interviewed many adult ADD, ADHD, and Autistic Spectrum patients who began using cannabis as adolescents, like Fagerstrom, because it worked for them.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a chronic condition causing inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes, impulsivity. The fears that using cannabis at a young age, due to possible developmental issues, are moot, as the patients interviewed are productive, responsible adults now.
According to DrugRehab.com, “Adderall and methamphetamine are stimulant drugs that speed brain activity. They share many side effects and health risks, but there are also key differences. Both can lead to addiction when abused.”
The site goes on to say that Methamphetamine (meth) can also be prescribed by a doctor, but it is also made in illegal drug labs and sold on the streets. Both meth and Adderall belong to a class of drugs called amphetamines and have similar chemical structures.