Thoughts on Bipolar and Cannabis

I just smoked a joint in a thunderstorm. I don’t fancy storms and I cry like a fucking baby if I have to endure them. I occasionally use pot to ease my Bipolar moods and mellow me out when I’m a little too up. Some researchers say it is beneficial to relieving Bipolar symptoms, while others feel marijuana only worsens it. I don’t know about you, but I’m pro-cannabis. And indeed, today, it relaxed me during a horrible storm. While smoking an occasional joint eases my hyperness & clears my head, it also enhances my creative side. I can produce ideas more organically, without all the extra head noise distraction. I suppose there is one drawback and that is once it has worn off, I seem to have a lack of memory for the things I come up with. But whether I create or not, I feel calm and in control. Maybe you or someone you know also uses cannabis for your Bipolar treatment.

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12 thoughts on “Thoughts on Bipolar and Cannabis

  1. Although I moved to The Netherlands two years ago, I just started using cannabis to help with sleep issues. (It was either that, or become addicted to the alprazolam docs wanted me to take with the zolpidem.) It’s been a life saver. I sleep more soundly and don’t have the med fuzz in the AM. And the guys in the coffee shop know me now. What does it say when they have my preferred joint out and ready by the time I make it to the counter? LOL

  2. Agree, whether it’s indica or sativa matters a lot for effectiveness for particular purposes. I prefer an indica for pain relief, but sativa to get the creative juices going.

    • I like to use a hybrid (homegrown) strain, which combines indica and sativa. It helps me to mellow out while expanding my creativity, without being too hyper or super stoned. Glad to see cannabis works for you as well 🙂

  3. I have a horrific reaction to weed- it makes me hallucinateor become realy, really paranoid. I don’t know if that has to do with having MH problems already, or whether it’s a personal reaction but I know a lot of people who experience the same thing. Still, I think it’s a sweeping statement to say it worsens symptoms, since if it works for you I guess I don’t see the problem. I know people who have used it for depression, though, and it only seems to worsen their moods long-term.

    Guess the jury stays out on that one.

    Thanks- really interesting post, it’s good to hear about different peoples’ experiences.

    • I suffer mostly from mania, often with psychosis, and I will hallucinate or experience delusions. During those episodes I do not smoke, simply for that fear that my symptoms will worsen. I agree that can happen at times. When I’m not in a episode, it really does help me maintain and calm down. I have read of others having similar experiences as you, so I think maybe it really just isn’t good for everybody. Thanks for sharing!

  4. i guess it depends on what stage of the disease you are in. for instance i just came out of my first manic episode which was followed by feeling of balance. i smoked pot, and was fine for the most part. but the depression hit me pretty bad (in fact still going through it) shortly after. idk if there is any connection. i don’t want to risk anything so i’m staying sober for a little while, til i can lower my meds.

    • That is a good point. I had a really bad manic/mixed episode in the fall, and I refrained from smoking after that until I could get my meds under control. I’m sorry you have been dealing with that nasty depression. There is a chance of correlation with the cannabis. I hope refraining helps, and that you feel better soon!

  5. I’m a bipolar sufferer who has smoked a copious amount of weed in my time, until just a month ago it was a nightly thing. i think so long as you’re not using it to numb your way out of confronting issues from your past that need to be dealt with, it’s beneficial for bipolar sufferers. also being informed as to indica/sativa and what you’re smoking and how it effects you is important 🙂

    • I agree with not using it to numb yourself in otherwise important situations. I use a homegrown, hybrid of the two, so I’m not too up, nor am I in couch-lock mode. Glad to see it works for you also. 🙂

      • Well I’m taking a break as I was using it too much, but you seem to know what you’re doing. People with mental health issues need to stay away from skunk and anything with a poor ratio of THC to cannabinoid, that’s been tested and found to induce the trippy paranoid anxiety.

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