Marijuana and Bipolar Disorder

Hello my bipolar friends, followers, and fans. Today we’re going to talk about a controversial topic in the treatment of bipolar disorder: Marijuana aka Weed/Cannabis or CBD and its effect on the body and mind while dealing with the condition.

Fortunately for me I have been able to try several different kinds of variants and can now confidently make choices that I know will (or won’t) work for me. For example, my doctor prescribed it for me for treatment and I’ve learned how certain strains can impact my thoughts and body negatively as well as those that are positive. Sometimes I try a new one but when I do that I ALWAYS make sure I am not alone just in case I have a strong reaction, good or bad. I recommend anyone else trying a new strain do the same.

When I use anything with a Sativa strain I can get a bit more paranoid and panicky as well as start down the road to depression. Others, such as those with Indica strains work really well and help to calm down my manic moments. They relax my body and help redirect my thoughts toward positive memories and lift my spirits a little bit. Not enough to swing me into mania but enough to bring a smile, which, when I’m depressed are fairly rare.

CBD is a component of cannabis that can be extracted from the plant and used medicinally to treat pain as well as many other needs. It comes in many formats but most frequently in liquid or capsule form. It tends to work well for my headaches and I like it because it doesn’t cause it doesn’t alter your brain. It is truly just a medicine and although there is often minute amounts of THC (the “high” aspect of cannabis) in the CBD it’s so minor it doesn’t influence the mind at all for most people.

So, what’s worked (or not) for you?

Also, in case you’d like to learn more here is an article outlining in greater detail some of the risks, and there are real risks, and benefits of using cannabis for bipolar treatment:

https://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder/marijuana-and-bipolar

As always, if someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please suggest they call the National Suicide Hotline at: 1-800-273-8255