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Bipolar Mood Swings Get Slowed Significantly with Cannabis

Treating Bipolar Disorder with Cannabis

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This video describes the benefits in which medicinal cannabis has when it comes to bipolar disease. In the video, it states that a study was carried out in 2012 which looked at patients with a history of cannabis use and how it showed significantly better results on tests that measured attention. Bipolar disorder effects over 5.7m million people in the United States alone. That makes it one of the most common mental disorders that there is to date.

Bipolar disorder which was previously known as manic depression is a mental disorder that causes periods of abnormalities in their moods. These range from mania or hypomania.
Hypomania is when the individual behaves or feels:

  1. Extremely energetic
  2. Happy
  3. Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
  4. Racing thoughts
  5. Emotionally unstable
  6. Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
  7. Hallucinations (In severe cases)

Bare in mind that Hypomania is a less severe form of mania and suffering with hypomania doesn’t mean that you can’t go about your daily routine. Other Symptoms of BPD include (depressive state):

  1. Fatigue
  2. Changes in weight and appetite
  3. Feeling hopeless, worthlessness or empty
  4. Sleeping too much or too little
  5. Irritability
  6. Physical and mental sluggishness
  7. Concentration and memory problems

There is no known cure to treat bipolar disorder however, medical professionals can prescribe drugs and different treatments to help fight the symptoms associated with the mental illness. Since medicinal cannabis has gained a lot of interest in the media and in the medical industry it has become a popular way to treat bipolar disorder.

The Use of Cannabis as a Mood Stabilizer in Bipolar Disorder: Anecdotal Evidence and the Need for Clinical Research.

written by Dr. Lester Grinspoon on the subject relating to bipolar disorder and the effects it has on treating patients with bipolar disorder with medical cannabis.

However, Dr. Grinspoon has stated that more research is needed to be carried out on the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for mental disorders like BPD because the studies carried out on medical cannabis and bipolar are small and more research needs to be carried out before they can properly treat patients. Another study carried out in 2016 and published on PLOS ONE, concluded that the,

study highlights preliminary evidence that patients with BPD who regularly smoked MJ reported at least short-term clinical symptom alleviation following MJ use, indicating potential mood-stabilizing properties of MJ in at least a subset of patients with BPD.

Furthermore, despite previous research showing that MJ use and BPD individually can have a negative impact on cognition, MJ use in BPD patients may not result in additional impairment”. Meaning that the use of cannabis over a longer period of time has more of an effect on patients with BPD. But the short-term use of cannabis made very little to no difference. Bipolar disorder must be taken very seriously. If you think that you have bipolar disorder consult your doctor or a medical professional as soon as possible. If you have bipolar disease and wish to use cannabis as a form of treatment it is also important to consult your physician or any medical professional on the possible use of medical cannabis for treatment of your BPD. Make sure that you avoid breaking the law. Check your state and country’s laws in realtion to cannabis, CBD and/or THC.

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