Let me start out by saying: I have never been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, but reading a list of symptoms can sound like a recitation of my school and professional career.
Let me start out by also saying: I smoke marijuana regularly.
My main purpose with this thread is to gain information, references, and relation of personal experience not personal opinion on the acceptability of drug use.
I enjoy smoking; the act itself, the effects of being "stoned" (I hate the word "high" in reference to marijuana. Sometimes I feel high, other times I couldn't feel lower). When I do smoke, it is primarily in the presence of close friends or in solitude.
Consistent effects are as follows:
- My thoughts speed up, if you will.
- I will forget what I was talking or thinking about all of five seconds ago.
- Extreme difficulty following through; tasks, conversations, trains of thought.
- A remarkable ability to follow multiple lines of music at a single time.
- Visual effects (patterns, trails) reminiscent of my past psychedelic experiences. A "shadow" of the effects, if that makes sense.
- Difficulty maintaining a mental and emotional equilibrium.
- A noticeable downturn in frequency of verbal communication.
When going without smoking, after a couple days I notice the following:
- Improvement of communication skills; I become sharper, "wittier," more succinct.
- Improved ability to concentrate and follow through (as opposed to when not stoned during periods of regular marijuana use.)
- Feeling overall "brighter" and "quicker".
I suppose it's possible that all of the effects listed above are simply of the placebo variety, then again, maybe not. Does marijuana exacerbate or negate the symptoms of ADD/ADHD? Is it a blanket exacerbation or negation? Does it depend on strain? Does it depend on individual brain chemistry? My guess on that last question is an overwhelming "yes."
Sound familiar? Have ADD/ADHD? Smoke marijuana? Have experience with those who would answer yes to any of the preceding questions?