Medical Marijuana For Bipolar Disorder
Everyone experiences their ups and downs, but it’s experienced a bit differently for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mental medical condition where people experience ups and downs more intensely and symptoms can vary per case. Most of the time, it can be seen in teens and treatment may last a lifetime.
What It’s Like Living With Bipolar Disorder
Everyone knows what it’s like to feel sad or a bit down, but someone with bipolar disorder can experience severe bouts of depression, sometimes lasting a couple weeks at a time. Feeling worthless, losing weight, not being able to concentrate or feeling very agitated are common symptoms. These couple weeks of feeling down could quickly turn into a couple weeks of feeling more energized and overjoyed, but there are different types of bipolar disorder that will come into play in determining if you have mild to severe episodes or “cycles”.
Please note: In severe cases, people with bipolar disorder may have thoughts of suicide. Medical marijuana does not fully treat bipolar disorder and in these severe cases, professional help should be sought.
Is Bipolar Disorder Genetic?
Bipolar disorder can indeed be passed down through genetics but other things can definitely trigger symptoms like a traumatic/major life event, severe injury, or other psychological disorders.
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How Medical Marijuana Can Improve Bipolar Disorder Symptoms & Bouts Of Depression
Helping you improve your quality of life is important to us, especially if you’ve tried many prescription drugs that aren’t working for you. In no way does medical marijuana fully treat bipolar disorder but there are reports supporting the fact it can thoroughly improve/reduce mood swings, anxiety, stress, depression, restlessness, and overall enhance their day-to-day life.
The different compounds found in cannabis interact with the serotonin receptors in the brain (which impacts our body and emotional state). When serotonin levels are kept in balance, this can significantly improve one’s mood, feelings of depression or unworthiness.
Bipolar Disorder Relating To A Brain Injury
Marijuana can actually help with blood flow in the brain, which in turn, can improve symptoms and promote healing after a brain injury or concussion. Headaches are common with brain injuries or concussions and can lead to discomfort and agitation, but marijuana can also help alleviate headaches or even prevent migraines.
More scientific research needs to be put into linking bipolar disorder and how efficiently marijuana can help reduce symptoms. Each patient will require a different dose and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions regarding your prescription, any safety-related questions, how best to take medical marijuana, and if it can be used with your other medications.