While I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child, I quit taking my prescription medication a few years ago because of the many negative side effects that I was experiencing.
The drug was a variant of an amphetamine and those are what are considered as “speed,” a drug that is often abused recreationally for the feelings of euphoria that it sometimes induces depending on the dose taken.
For me, I kept getting feelings of edginess and crankiness when I was on that particular drug. By the end of college, I realized that it wasn’t a benefit to my mental health on a day by day basis so I stopped taking it slowly. I titrated down on the doses by minimizing the amount over the course of a month. The last thing I wanted to do was shock my system by going cold turkey. After that drug was out of my body, I started replacing it with coffee and sativa strains of cannabis. I have found in my experience that sativas are the most mentally and physically energizing of all the available cannabis on the market. If I use indica strains throughout the day, they make me feel so tired that I just want to lay down and take a nap. The sativas like Dutch Hawaiian, Acapulco Gold, and Durban Poison are essential for helping me stay focused amid the symptoms I get from having ADD. If I didn’t have a steady supply of amazing sativa strains of cannabis, I don’t know how I would manage to function to the degree that I do each day. I would definitely need some other drug to help me stay focused as a replacement for cannabis.