MANIC DEPRESSION & MEDICAL MARIJUANA
“My wife functions much better when she uses marijuana. When she is hypomanic, it relaxes her, helps her sleep, and slows her speech down. When she is depressed and would otherwise lie in bed all day, the marijuana makes her more active… Lithium is also effective, but it doesn’t always keep her in control.” – MMJ Patient – Anecdotal Evidence
Bipolar disorder or Manic depression is primarily caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that tend to create chaotic mood swings; from euphoria to cynicism to clinical depression. Through counselling and positive thinking exercises can help, success in overcoming Bipolar disorder ultimately requires that normal brain chemistry be restored.
Several types of pharmaceutical drugs were used successfully in perhaps 35% of cases. However, in many depressed individuals, serious side effects exacerbate the existing condition, resulting in psychosis, mind numbing impaired cognitive function, self harm and hyper-violence.
In dramatic contrast with orthodox Meds, Medical Marijuana, – particularly the non-psychoactive type high in Cannabidiol (CBD) – offers equal or greater efficacy without patients going postal or playing Russian roulette with side effects.
Research into the relationship between cannabis and bipolar disorder has resulted in contradictory results: some studies say using cannabis improves cognitive functions, with patients reporting that it works better than conventional drugs to treat their mania and depression. But other studies suggest it increases depressive symptoms and that continued use of cannabis is associated with a higher occurrence of manic episodes. And there’s the risk, too, of dependence and drug abuse—research has found that people with bipolar disorder are 6.8 times more likely to have a history of illicit marijuana use than the rest of the population.
Despite all this, the father from the United Patients Group may have been onto something. While case studies on cannabis’ effects have been mixed, there’s a lot of evidence that CBD has the same antipsychotic and anticonvulsive properties as conventional bipolar disorder treatments. In other words, the chemical makeup of the strain you use does seem to matter, especially the balance of cannabis’ two most famous ingredients: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD oil for Bipolar
While it is possible to use medication to treat many aspects of these conditions, only some may be helpful. However, evidence suggests that cannabidiol (CBD), a derivative of the cannabis plant, may help. Regular use of CBD oil may, in fact, alleviate the most severe mental health symptoms.
Symptoms of manic depression
- Moods bounce from super high-positive to super low-psycho
- Inflated self-esteem
- Decreased need for sleep
- Too talkative
- Racing thoughts/ easily distracted / agitated
- Strange and excessive goal-directed activity – socially – work – sexually
- Prone to poor decisions, dangerous and destructive, with disastrous, painful consequences – idiotic purchases, sexual indiscretions or foolish investments
“Freud: If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. ” Robin Williams
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel)
- Risperidone (Risperdal)
- Aripiprazole (Abilify)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon)
Olanzapine Side Effects: “Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet blurred vision, change in vision change in walking and balance clumsiness or unsteadiness difficulty with speaking difficulty with swallowing drooling impaired vision, inability to sit still loss of balance control mask-like face muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness need to keep moving rapid weight gain restlessness shuffling walk slowed movements slurred speech stiffness of the arms and legs tic-like (jerky) movements of the head, face, mouth, and neck tingling of the hands and more…. ” – Source: www.drugs.com
“Went to my doctor today who wants to put me on anti-depressive again regarding my severe anxiety. It’s so frustrating. The 2 years i was medicated on my 1:1 Cbd Mango Haze oil I didn’t have one(!) anxiety attack!” – CBD Crew
What Medical Professional Say about MMJ & Migraine
“A number of patients find Medical Cannabis to be useful in the treatment of their bipolar disorder. They stated that it was more effective than conventional drugs, or helped relieve the side effects of those drugs. One woman found that cannabis curbed her manic rages; she and her husband have worked to make it legally available as a medicine. Others described the use of cannabis as a supplement to lithium (allowing reduced consumption) or for relief of lithium’s side effects.
Another case illustrates the fact that medical cannabis users are in danger of arrest, especially when children are encouraged to inform on parents by some drug prevention programs. An analogy is drawn between the status of cannabis today and that of lithium in the early 1950s, when its effect on mania had been discovered but there were no controlled studies.” – Dr. Lester Grinspoon, says it all.
“In the animal models we studied, we saw that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior,” says RIA senior research scientist.” – Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD
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FURTHER READING – HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS MANIC DEPRESSION / BIPOLAR DISORDER
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.” – William Gibson