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Cannabinoids 2008;3(1):1-3 (2 March 2008)

Case report

Cannabis improves symptoms of ADHD

Peter Strohbeck-Kuehner, Gisela Skopp, Rainer Mattern

Institute of Legal- and Traffic Medicine, Heidelberg University Medical Centre, Voss Str. 2, D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany, peter.strohbeck@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by attention deficits and an al-tered activation level. The purpose of this case investigation was to highlight that people with ADHD can benefit in some cases from the consumption of THC. A 28-year old male, who showed improper behaviour and appeared to be very maladjusted and inattentive while sober, appeared to be completely inconspicuous while having a very high blood plasma level of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Performance tests, which were conducted with the test batteries ART2020 and TAP provided sufficient and partly over-averaged results in driving related per-formance. Thus, it has to be considered, that in the case of ADHD, THC can have atypical effects and can even lead to an enhanced driving related performance.

Keywords
ADHD, cannabis, performance, driving

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