I want to make clear my view on the use of marijuana by people who have ADHD. I am writing this post because of a recent piece in the New York Times that misled some readers.
I am totally and completely opposed to the use of marijuana by people who have ADHD. John Ratey and I made this clear some fifteen years ago in our book Answers to Distraction, and our opinion has not changed. The reason I feel this way is that I have seen too many patients get into enormous difficulties due to their use of pot. Not only can they get into trouble with the law, they can develop a dependency that leads them to be less productive in their lives than they otherwise could be. People with ADHD are at great risk for developing addiction or dependency on all illicit substances, as well as activities like gambling, spending, sex, food, and even exercise. In my experience, marijuana ranks at or near the top of the list of substances that cause problems for people who have ADHD.
I hope this clarifies my position. Pot and ADHD do not mix well.
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