Amphetamine abuse has become a major challenge facing our society especially children. Prescription stimulants like Adderall and Dexedrine are highly addictive and disruptive drugs. Understanding more about these medications and how they work in the body creates the ability to recognize the signs of addiction, so individuals can learn how to get help in treating this challenging issue.
Amphetamines are used to treat hyperactivity in young people (including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy, a condition in which people fall asleep suddenly. Occasionally, it is used to treat depression.
Along with the addictive potential, there are risks that occur when using amphetamines. These include:
Risk of injury due to taking on dangerous activities
Cardiovascular issues, including stroke, heart attack, and heart failure
Weight loss and malnutrition
The destructive properties of these drugs make people who abuse them feel depressed and even suicidal when they are not using the drug. As a result, cravings to keep using the drug can be very strong, making it difficult to stop use.
There are multiple ways of recognizing amphetamine abuse, including physical and mental symptoms and changes in behavior they include;
Increased heart rate and blood pressure
Decreased appetite and weight loss
Paranoia and anxiety
Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations
Inability to keep up with work, school, or home responsibilities
Much of the person’s time spent seeking or using the drug
Missing pills from a prescription
Changes in groups of friends and difficulties with relationships
Loss of interest in previous activities
CBD for ADD/ADHD
CBD helps lessen symptoms of ADD/ADHD directly. Studies have shown that CBD can increase levels of dopamine in the brain, one of the same goals for prescribing medications like Adderall and other stimulants.
CBD has also been shown to help increase levels of another important neurotransmitter, anandamide. Anandamide helps regulate things like mood, pain response and anxiety. It’s been shown that overly happy people have high levels of anandamide while depressed, anxious people tend to have very low levels.
CBD affects the anandamide levels by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks it down, FAAH. Increased anandamide levels could account for the anecdotal accounts that tout CBD as a great help for mood disorders.
CBD helps alleviate some of the adverse effects, like insomnia or anxiety, patients experience from taking stimulant medications.
Contact AgeVital for alternative solutions to addictive medications.
About Dr. Jenny: Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and up coming show on Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of disease and illness. She is currently authoring books about the endocannabinoid system for healthcare practitioners and consumers. She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP). Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3.
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