Bipolar Patients and Marijuana Use – Chicken Or The Egg?


By Philly Blunt

As vast numbers of marijuana smokers insist that weed is a perfectly plausible treatment for most bipolar conditions, there are many who would criticize marijuana’s harmful properties and how they might interact with some mental illnesses. Many argue as to the true effect of marijuana. Is it a treatment, or somehow a cause of bipolar disorder?

Based on research distributed within the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, many studies submit that bipolar patients more often than not, “get high on marijuana”, or self-medicate to lessen the effect of both the manic and depressive incidents.

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Bipolar patients – and those that live with and witness their loved one’s anguish, further declare that marijuana is far more useful than most OTC prescription medications. As the instantaneous high of marijuana is normally a joyful and sedative state, it lends to giving bipolar sufferers immediate liberation from their debilitating symptoms.

One study on the topic points to a relation among marijuana users and bipolar ailments. The results however were nowhere close to absolute. As one research program from the Netherlands National Institute of Mental Health and Addiction was designed to define the potential association between any mood disorders and the patient’s marijuana use. The proposed purpose was to define if a lopsided sum of bipolar patients were also pot smokers.

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While the scientific study proposed a potential link between excessive weed smoking – and the possible onset of mental disorders. Absent from the study was any notation to the likelihood that a mental malady might have been per-existing, undiagnosed and untreated long before the individual began to consume marijuana.

As marijuana is a natural substance, grown in a myriad of cultivation conditions and does not conform to a basic formula of THC % = ‘X’ or CDB % = ‘Y’. Marijuana’s potencies can be difficult to regulate thus most doctors’ grimace at its potential use to treat bipolar aliments.

The overall effect of cannabis on bipolar disorder has never been properly assessed. Individual accounts by patients suggest an overall positive effect, yet these may be untrustworthy. Herein is a report of a case in which mood data was prospectively collected over two years of total substance abstinence and two years of extreme marijuana use. Marijuana use did not alter the total number of days of abnormal mood, however, marijuana was associated with an increase in the number of hypomanic days and a decrease in the number of depressed days. While not conclusive, the data suggest that marijuana may indeed have an effect on mood in bipolar patients that needs to be systematically examined. [Source]



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    • According to your logic, mental patients shouldn’t take OTC prescriptions either. Unless you have a mental disability, or work as an expert in the field, you cannot comment on it. As a bipolar and manic depressed patient I can attune to the fact that marijuana is far better than the 6 medications I was on that led me to gain excessive weight and allowed me the luxury of acting and feeling like a mindless zombie all day. Please do not leave comments based on your opinions or facts that you have learned from UN-reputable or agenda oriented sources.

  1. Thank YOU…I watched 2 of your videos. I have suffered for years with bipolar. A person with bipolar does not usually make up the symptoms because there would be no gain.
    When you said, “if you have bipolar…I FEEL YA…” That made me want to say thank you to you for putting it out there. I am very afraid of being in the psych ward, because they cant fix it anyway. The Dr.s, Psychiatrists, or Meds, are all full of guessing games. I found your video on, and I think marijuana helps bipolar. I think it helps a person with bipolar because it is an immediate fix (immediately works) for the immediate problem. The meds take too long and there is no way to know if or when it is working. Also, think losing sleep is a concern for a person with bipolar and marijuana can help sleep. Anyone who has sleep problems, also has other problems. So, I hope you keep getting your videos out there for AWARENESS OF BIPOLAR.

  2. I’ve recently found this website and find it’s content very helpful and informative. As demonstrated above by the comments posted above by friedfever, much of the population remains naive regarding mental health. As a woman in her early 60’s I find small amounts of potent marijuana very effective in helping me manage and navigate all aspects of my Bipolar disorder. The variety of strains are extraordinarily helpful in addressing different needs at different times. Hopefully one day, some mental health issues will be recognized as appropriate for Medical Marijuana treatment….

    One last thought, once diagnosed, Bipolar can be very successfully managed. People only hear the worst and fear Bipolar. Many very very successful people have Bipolar, if a reader doubts this…. do your own homework, look it up, and please stop judging others……

    • I am in my early 60’s daily smoker,bipolar, ptsd. I have been having problems approx. every 3 1/2 weeks I start to throw-up every 15 -20 min have,debilitating diarrhea, extreme abdominal pain to the point that I have to go to the emergency room. The favored answer is that these cycles is that it is caused by my meds & smoking. Right now they told me to stop smoking for 3 months to see if that is my problem. Anybody ever hear o

      f reefer causing something like this?

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