Nov. 24, 2009 — It is becoming more common in California for adolescents with ADHD to be prescribed medical marijuana to help alleviate their symptoms. Not surprisingly, this has sparked considerable debate.

Medical Marijuana Prescribed to Kids with ADHD

(Nov. 23) — In California, the state with the nation’s most permissive medical marijuana law, some children with attention deficit hyperacitivty disorder, or ADHD, are being treated with marijuana — a fact that has sparked a heated debate.

Reliable figures on the use of marijuana to treat ADHD are hard to come by. Though California says it has issued more than 36,000 medical marijuana cards since 2004, the state does not compile statistics on prescriptions for specific conditions, such as ADHD. And many doctors and patients are reluctant to talk about it. Still, experts say such prescriptions are becoming more common as the number of pot dispensaries and doctors prescribing marijuana continues to grow.

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