What Can Cannabinoids Do For Bipolar Disorder? | cannabisMD

Cannabinoids – Therapeutic Potential For Bipolar Disorder?

Are Cannabinoids useful for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

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Bipolar affective disorder (BAD) is badly controlled by existing medications. Cannabis use in patients with BAD is often reported and some reports have suggested that it reduces the side effects of BAD such as manic episodes and depression. This paper looks at BAD patients and their use of cannabis can help these symptoms. This paper will also look at the neuropharmacological properties of cannabinoids and how they might have a therapeutic effect in treating BAD.

Here is the full scientific article if you wish to download it.

Main Points

  • CBD & THC can have a therapeutic effect
  • CBD could be better than existing drugs in the treatment of BAD

CBD & THC Can Have a Therapeutic Effect

This study has shown that the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) may have a hypnotic and antidepressant effect on patients with BAD. Synthetic cannabinoids such as nabilone and dronabinol containing THC and CBD can also have a sedative and anticonvulsant effect on patients with BAD. Cannabinoids as a medication for BAD is now being tested in controlled trials according to this study.

CBD Could Be Better Than Existing Drugs in the Treatment of BAD

It has been said by patients with BAD that taking street drugs, such as amphetamines and cannabis, can control their symptoms better than those prescribed by psychiatrists. There is a good pharmacological reason in believing whey cannabis can be better than other medications and that is duly because of its anti inflammatory effect in animal cells.

It is suggested that it is now time to prescribe cannabinoids, in carefully managed trials, to patients with bipolar disorder that say their standard medications aren’t working. While the results are promising, there is still a lack of studies and knowledge on the cannabis plant for it to be considered a proper form of treatment.

Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly is registered with the British Psychological Society, breaking the taboo on mental health issues is one of the driving forces in his life. His background in biomedicine gives him additional understanding of the factors that work together to influence the human condition.

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