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NOTE:  Unfortunately, Bipolar and Anxiety are NOT - in and of themselves - qualifying conditions for registration with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).  However -

-1- there was a Campaign to add these conditions to the Oregon State program, and,

-2- in the meantime, any symptoms of Nausea - or any eating disorder, Spasms, Seizures or Pain from the Condition -or- Medications taken as a result MAY qualify for the program.

See:  Qualifying Conditions and Educate yourself and your physician where possible.

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Bipolar - Definition Definition.   Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of excitability (mania) alternating with periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very abrupt. Bipolar Disorder is also known as manic-depression. It is characterized by extreme highs and lows, and severe mood swings, and often prevents normal function at work and at home. This is not your typical case of "the blues." It isn’t the normal cycle of up and down days we all have from stress, too little sleep, losing the lottery drawing, or breaking up with a boyfriend.

Bipolar Disorder is a serious disorder that can result in strained or broken relationships, poor job performance, and poor performance in school or group settings. Symptoms do not go away in a week or two. If left untreated, the disorder can even result in suicide. There have been significant advances in the treatment of this disorder. If you are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and you seek and follow an appropriate treatment plan, you can expect to be productive, and to lead a normal life.

Alternative Names - Manic depression; Bipolar affective disorder

Bipolar - Symptoms Symptoms of Bipolar:   What are the symptoms? There are two primary types of Bipolar Disorder. People with bipolar disorder I have had at least one fully manic episode with periods of major depression. In the past, bipolar disorder I was called manic depression. Bipolar I is characterized by severe, debilitating symptoms, with extreme episodes that can include some or all of the following:

  • Manic Symptoms

  • Agitation, nervousness, irritability, feeling edgy, short-tempered, or restlessness

  • Increased sex drive or desire, loss of inhibition

  • Inability to focus

  • Euphoria, or feeling ‘high’

  • Boundless energy, sleeplessness, insomnia

  • Racing or disassociated thoughts, extreme talkativeness or rapid speech

  • Feeling you can ‘do no wrong’, inflated sense of self, grandiose feelings, inappropriate or poor judgment

  • Dressing or speaking in an extreme, or unusual manner

  • Delusions, hallucinations

  • Heavy use of drugs or alcohol

  • Rage, aggression or combative behavior

  • Reckless spending, driving at high speed, engaging in high risk activities, making decisions without considering consequences

  • Depressive Symptoms

  • Abnormally low, listless mood and energy

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and unworthiness

  • Excessive drug or alcohol use

  • Extreme increase or decrease in appetite or weight

  • Withdrawal from family, friends, co-workers

  • Self abuse or injury, thoughts, talk, plans or attempts of suicide

  • Constant fatigue, increase or decrease in sleep like insomnia or excessive sleep

  • Inability to concentrate or focus, or to make everyday decisions

  • Absence of self-esteem or confidence

  • Sadness, hopelessness, an attitude of ‘what’s the use?’

  • Loss of interest in daily activities, even those that would usually be exciting or interesting

Bipolar II is also called Hypomania. Bipolar II episodes and symptoms are significantly less extreme than Bipolar I behaviors. A mild form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia involves periods of hypomania and mild depression, with less-severe mood swings. People with bipolar disorder II or cyclothymia may be misdiagnosed as having depression alone. People with bipolar disorder II seldom experience full-fledged mania. Instead they experience periods of hypomania (elevated levels of energy and impulsiveness that are not as extreme as the symptoms of mania). These hypomanic periods alternate with episodes of major depression.

Source: bipolarcentral.com (BIZ, Info) Bipolar Disorder (BP) | Bipolar Disorder? Learn How to Cope/Deal with Loved One's Crazy Bipolar Behavior ... Click > here < for more.

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    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG Updated NORML Report Highlights Marijuana's Role In Moderating Disease Progression; 'Emerging Clinical Applications' Booklet Reviews Nearly 200 Studies On The Therapeutic Use Of Cannabis Clinical and preclinical research on the therapeutic use of cannabis indicates that cannabinoids may curb the progression of various life-threatening diseases – including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and brain cancer, according to an updated report published by the NORML Foundation. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano, who authored the report, said: "The conditions profiled in this report were chosen because patients frequently ask me about the use of cannabis to treat these disorders. Ideally, with this report in their hands, patients can now begin talking openly with their physicians about whether cannabis therapy is appropriate for them."  Visit - norml.org/component/zoo/category/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG Medical Use of Cannabis (marijuana) | Here to Help > On this page: How does cannabis work as medicine? What conditions or symptoms is cannabis used to treat? How do people use cannabis for medical purposes? What is pharmaceutical cannabis, and how does it compare to herbal cannabis? What are the side effects and risks of using cannabis to treat symptoms or medical conditions? Drug interactions Quality Is using cannabis for medicinal purposes legal? What are compassion clubs? What are some barriers to using cannabis for medicinal purposes? What to do if you or someone you know needs more information about medical cannabis  Visit - heretohelp.bc.ca/factsheet/medical-use-of-cannabis - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG HowStuffWorks "How Medical Marijuana Works" | So how, exactly, does medical marijuana work to treat these conditions? Why, if this medicine is so effective for some people, does it remain controversial and, in many places, illegal? In this article, we'll take a look at the medical, legal, and practical issues surrounding medical marijuana in the United States. We'll examine why some people, like Burton Aldrich, depend on it to live normally. We'll also examine some of the intriguing intersections between pharmaceutical companies, the government and the medical marijuana industry. Visit - science.howstuffworks.com/medical-marijuana.htm - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG Medical Marijuana Benefits, Helps These Conditions | You might be surprised to find that it wasn’t just ancient peoples who used the drug; marijuana remained in the United States pharmacopoeia until 1941. Up until that time, cannabis was freely available in shops and, in the UK, Queen Victoria, that most conservative of royals, used cannabis to alleviate her menstrual cramps. ... are predominantly using cannabis to treat symptoms of ... We believe Medical Marijuana will help these conditions: Please let us know your experiences in using medical marijuana to treat various conditions.  Visit - www.medicalmarijuanablog.com/benefits/conditions-helped.html - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG Medical marijuana (cannabis) - common uses | Common Medical Uses for Cannabis (Marijuana) ... Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Directory of Medical Marijuana ... Cannabidiol improves symptoms of generalized social anxiety disorder in… ... Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Directory of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Project CBD Cannabinoid Profiles of Cannabis Strains Cannabis Laboratories: The Testing Landscape in America See also: An Overview of the Endogenous Cannabinoid System  Visit - www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/index.htm - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG Complete List of Conditions Treatable With Marijuana | Check out the articles below to learn about how medical marijuana can be useful in treating specific medical conditions. We'll help you find the best ways to ingest medical marijuana to treat your condition, what strains will be most beneficial and we'll even help you connect with other folks with the same condition.  Visit - medicalmarijuana.com/treatments-with-medical-marijuana-cannabis - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG What symptoms do patients treat with ... , Salt Lake City Medical Marijuana ... representative for the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis ... One question the 2011 Medical Marijuana Survey (sponsored by Legalize Utah) queried which received some of the most detailed responses was” “Do you use Medical Marijuana to treat any physical or psychological conditions and if so, which conditions”.  Visit - www.examiner.com/article/what-symptoms-do-patients-treat-with-medicinal-cannabis - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - Marijuana: 1276 user reviews - DailyStrength, INFO from ORG Marijuana: 1276 user reviews - DailyStrength | (INF) Medically, cannabis is most often used as an appetite stimulant and pain reliever for certain ... Myasthenia Gravis, Narcolepsy, Obsessive Compulsive Diso. ... I use medical marijuana o... Marijuana (also known as Cannabis) Medically, cannabis is most often used as an appetite stimulant and pain reliever for certain illnesses such as cancer, AIDS and other diseases. It is used to relieve glaucoma and certain neurological illnesses such as epilepsy, migraine and bipolar disorder. It has also been found to relieve nausea for chemotherapy pa... more at Wikipedia

    Treatment Success Rates ... Top 5 Communities; Condition, Members, Success - Chronic Pain, 684, 86%; Depression, 55 96%; Bipolar Disorder, 44, 95%; Anxiety, 32 94%; Fibromyalgia, 26, 100%; Overall, 90% (1106 Members) - find Marijuana helpful  Visit - http://www.dailystrength.org/treatments/Marijuana - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions Treated by Cannabis, INFO from ORG RxMarihuana.com: Index of Medical Conditions | (INF) Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine. Index of Medical Conditions Addressed We will soon ... MUSCLE SPASM MYASTHENIA GRAVIS MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME N NARCOLEPSY ... and more.  Visit - http://rxmarijuana.com/medical_conditions.htm - for more.

    Myasthenia Gravis resource - Tetrahydrocannabinol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tetrahydrocannabinol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | (INF) Tetrahydrocannabinol (tet-ra-hy-dro-ka-nab-i-nol; THC), also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta9-THC), Delta1-THC (using an older chemical nomenclature), or dronabinol, is the main psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant. ... Two studies indicate that THC also has an anticholinesterase action which may implicate it as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's and Myasthenia Gravis.  Visit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabinol - for more.



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Bipolar - Info Causes, incidence, and risk factors | Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally and usually appears between the ages of 15 and 25. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs more often in relatives of people with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder results from disturbances in the areas of the brain that regulate mood. During manic periods, a person with bipolar disorder may be overly impulsive and energetic, with an exaggerated sense of self. The depressed phase brings overwhelming feelings of anxiety, low self-worth, and suicidal thoughts.

Source: healthprofessor.com (ORG, Info) | Bi Polar - Questions About Bipolar Disorder? Find Answers On Our Bipolar Site. ... Click > here < for more.

Alternative Therapies for Bipolar Alternative Therapies | General recommendations include maintaining a calm environment, avoiding overstimulation, getting plenty of rest, regular exercise, and proper diet. Chinese herbs may soften mood swings. Biofeedback is effective in helping some patients control symptoms such as irritability, poor self-control, racing thoughts, and sleep problems. A diet low in vanadium (a mineral found in meats and other foods) and high in vitamin C may be helpful in reducing depression. Source: http://www.healthline.com/channel/bipolar_alternativetherapies

Treatments for Bipolar Treatments for Bipolar. How is Bipolar Disorder diagnosed and treated? | Bipolar Disorder is usually diagnosed by a psychiatrist, a specialist, equipped to recognize the symptoms. An accurate diagnosis is very important, because treatment will usually include medications. If the wrong medications are prescribed, symptoms may worsen, or side effects may occur. It is wise to have a medical evaluation to be sure the symptoms do not come from another source, like poor thyroid or kidney function, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, lupus, even sodium imbalance. Bipolar Disorder can also be misdiagnosed as other psychiatric disorders like borderline personality, eating disorders, or schizophrenia.

If Bipolar Disorder is confirmed, a combination of therapies is often used with good results. These can reduce the frequency and severity of episodes. Treatment(s) can include:

  • Medications like lithium, anticonvulsants (which are used with good results), medication to treat extreme manic episodes, medication to treat insomnia

  • Education and therapy for the patient and family

  • Psychotherapy

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). New methods have created a resurgence in the use of ECT. It can be used in severe cases of BP that do not respond to other treatments

  • Assessment of patterns of Bipolar episodes in the life and schedule of the diagnosed individual

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Source: bipolarcentral.com (BIZ, Info) Bipolar Disorder (BP) | Bipolar Disorder? Learn How to Cope/Deal with Loved One's Crazy Bipolar Behavior ... Click > here < for more.

Bipolar - Forums Treatment of bipolar disorder - Wikipedia | Current medical marijuana pharmaceuticals (such as dronabinol, marketed as Marinol) exist in the U.S. while Sativex, a whole-plant cannabis extract, ... The emphasis of the treatment of bipolar disorder is on effective management of the long-term course of the illness, which can involve treatment of emergent symptoms. Treatment methods include pharmacological and psychological techniques. A variety of medications are used to treat bipolar disorder; most people with bipolar disorder require combinations of medications. visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treatment_of_bipolar_disorder

Bipolar - Info Bipolar Disorder, a Site for Bipolar Disorder Advice, Articles & Medical Facts | The Basics of Bipolar Disorder • What Is Bipolar Disorder? • From Manic to Depressed: Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder • Video: Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder • Slideshow: What Is Mania in Bipolar Disorder? • Video: How Does Mania in Bipolar Look and Feel? • How to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder • 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Bipolar Disorder • The Risk of Suicide for Bipolar Patients • Bipolar Disorder Is Different for Women ... Click > here < for more.

Bipolar - Forums Bipolar How much do you really know about Bipolar? Learn more about Bipolar! | Is it Bipolar Disorder? Uncovering Bipolar Disorder 7 Signs to Look For Harvard's Special Report ·Managing Mania Managing the Ups Treatments for Bipolar Mania The Clock Gene and Mania Click > here < for more.

Bipolar - Forums Balancing Bipolar Learn surprising truths about bipolar disorder and depression. 5 Tips to Find Balance Know your family history, Questions to ask, Pay attention to symptoms, Detect mania, depression or phychosis early, Be aware of your triggers, Normalize your moods, Find out your risk, Watch out for these 5 conditions, Minimize future episodes, Strategies for daily management ... Click > here < for more.

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Act Debilitating Medical Conditions Advisory Panel Oregon Medical Marijuana Act Debilitating Medical Conditions Advisory Panel (link) | Oregon Medical Marijuana Act Debilitating Medical Conditions Advisory Panel Bipolar (Depressive and Other Mood Disorders) NOTE: Bipolar and mood disorders generally include anxiety disorders. Visit - http://www.omma1998.org - where you’ll find, among other things, results from the advisory panel to add new conditions summarized at this link - http://www.omma1998.org/worksheet_link.html

Negative Experiences with Cannabis which includes - “Controlled clinical trials are unavailable although there are many case reports reporting benefits of Cannabis as a mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder. Grinspoon & Bakalar use an analogy to lithium in the 1950's when its effect on mania had been discovered but there were no controlled studies.” | BIZ, INF (link) | Depression and Mental Illness. There are abundant historical references to the use of cannabis as a suggested treatment for mood disorders like depression. (1) However, human studies are scant and the results are mixed. A 1947 study of 50 depressed patients administered synthetic THC found the drug beneficial to 36 of the participants. (2) A double-blind controlled study conducted three years later on 57 patients reported that the administration of small doses of synthetic THC did not improve their symptoms. (3) A pair of more recent studies also yield conflicting results. One reported that cannabis helped relieve depression in Bipolar patients, while the other determined that THC failed to improve depression in eight hospitalised patients. (4)

A 1994 survey of 79 mental patients found that those who used cannabis reported relief from depression, anxiety, insomnia, and physical discomfort, as well as fewer hospitalizations. (5) Lastly, a 1996 study cited in the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base," found that Dronabinol (oral THC a.k.a. "Marinol") significantly assuaged mood disturbances and anorexia in 11 Alzheimer's patients. No side effects were observed. (6)

The conflicting data concerning cannabis and depression should caution patients considering experimenting with the drug therapeutically. Additionally, cannabis' ability to occasionally produce paranoia and other dysphorias (typically among inexperienced users) could heighten some patient's feelings of depression. Cannabis' most promising potential to mitigate symptoms of depression likely lies with patients who have previous experience with it, and are failing to respond to traditional therapies.

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New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing (1998), 138-139; L. Grinspoon et al., "Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine" (second edition) New haven, CT: Yale University Press (1997), 141.
* (2) G. Stockings, "A new euphoriant for depressive mental states," British Medical Journal
1 (1947): 918-922 as cited by L. Grinspoon et al., "Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine" (second edition), 141.
* (3) C. Parker et al., "Synthetic cannabis preparations in psychiatry: I. Synhexyl," Journal of Mental Science
96 (1950): 276-279 as cited by L. Grinspoon et al., Marihuana: "The Forbidden Medicine" (second edition), 141.
* (4) "Review Of Human Studies On Medical Use Of Marijuana," Dale Gieringer, Ph.D.,
(1996). ref: http://norml.org/medical/medmj.studies.shtml
* (5) R. Warner et al., "Substance Abuse Among the Mentally Ill," American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
(1994) as cited by Dale Gieringer, Ph.D. in "Review Of Human Studies On Medical Use Of Marijuana."
* (6) L. Volicer et al., "Effects of dronabinol on anorexia and disturbed behavior in patients with Alzheimer's disease," International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
12 (1997): 913-919 as cited by J. Joy et al., Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, Washington D.C.: National Academy Press (1999), Section 4.37 (uncorrected proofs edition). ref: http://bob.nap.edu/books/0309071550/html/

Bipolar - Forums Facts about Bipolar Disorder and Medical Marijuana facts pertaining to Bipolar Disorder | ... psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders, or mood swings, defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated mood clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania.

Individuals who experience manic episodes also commonly experience depressive episodes or symptoms, or mixed episodes in which features of both mania and depression are present at the same time. These episodes are usually separated by periods of “normal” mood, but in some individuals, depression and mania may rapidly alternate, known as rapid cycling. Extreme manic episodes can sometimes lead to psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. The disorder has been subdivided into bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymia, and other types, based on the nature and severity of mood episodes experienced; the range is often described as the bipolar spectrum. (Wikipedia)

Marijuana Facts and Resources: The effect of extreme marijuana use on the long-term course of bipolar I illness: a single case study. “Subjective reports by patients suggest an overall positive effect, but these may be unreliable. We herein report 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.” visit: http://www.showmethefacts.org/medical-marijuana-facts/bipolar-disorder/

Bipolar - Forums The Use of Cannabis as a Mood Stabilizer... ONLINE POT The Use of Cannabis as a Mood Stabilizer in Bipolar Disorder: Your guide to Medical marijuana,& Online buying of medical pot, visit: http://www.onlinepot.org/medical/article12.htm

Negative Experiences with Cannabis "Cannabis and Depression" by Jay R. Cavanaugh, Ph.D. (Article) Numerous patients report significant improvement and stabilization with their bipolar disorder when they utilize adjunctive therapy with medical cannabis. While some mental health professionals worry about the impact of cannabis on aggravating manic states, most bipolar patients trying cannabis find they "cycle" less often and find significant improvement in overall mood. Bipolar disorders vary tremendously in the time spent in the depressive versus manic states. Those who experience extended depressive episodes are more likely to be helped with cannabis. visit: http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/depression_and_cannabis.htm

Negative Experiences with Cannabis "Cannabinoid and Opioid Receptor Localization Studies" and " Cannabinoid receptors as therapeutic targets: pain pathways." By Miles Herkenham , Ph.D. (Articles and photos) "… Cannabinoid receptors are notably sparse in areas that control heart rate and respiration (medulla), explaining why there are not fatal overdoses of marijuana. Cannabinoid receptors are also located in areas that control emesis (nucleus of the solitary tract) and pain (see bottom), suggesting medical potential of marijuana." … and … " Whereas mu opioid receptors in spinal cord are associated predominantly with thin-diameter primary afferents, cannabinoid receptors are localized to both thin and coarse diameter fibers. These differences may provide a basis for the possibility that cannabinoids may relieve pain when traditional opiate drugs fail." Posted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Their website (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/) provides information from the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental illnesses. visit: http://intramural.nimh.nih.gov/lcmr/sfn/cannabis.html

Negative Experiences with Cannabis . Medical Cannabis Patient: Judy Decker, Bipolar Disorder For Info ... (ORG, INF) Page 1. A PATIENT, NOT A CRIMINAL Medical Cannabis Patient: Judy Decker, Bipolar Disorder Safe Access Now! For Info Contact Americans ... visit: http://www.csdp.org/active/poster7judyd.pdf

Negative Experiences with Cannabis "The Use of Cannabis as a Mood Stabilizer in Bipolar Disorder: Anecdotal Evidence and the Need for Clinical Research" by Lester Grinspoon, M.D. & James B. Bakalar; Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. mh235@columbia.edu J Psychoactive Drugs 1998 Apr-Jun; 30(2):171-7 (Article) Abstract-The authors present case histories indicating that a number of patients find cannabis (marihuana) useful in the treatment of their bipolar disorder. Some used it to treat mania, depression, or both. They stated that it was more effective than conventional drugs, or helped relieve the side effects of those drugs. … An analogy is drawn between the status ofcannabis today and that of lithium in the early 1950s, when its effect onmania had been discovered but there were no controlled studies. In the caseof cannabis, the law has made such studies almost impossible, and the onlyavailable evidence is anecdotal. visit:
1 http://www.rxmarihuana.com/mood_stablizer.htm
2 http://www.biopsychiatry.com/canbi.htm
3 http://www.ukcia.org/research/TheUseofCannabisasaMoodStabilizerinBipolarDisorder.html
4 http://www.rxmarijuana.com
5 http://www.ukcia.org
6 http://www.medjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?s=6febb1a48d121dd71f5f8abca8afbcb6&goto=lastpost&forumid=24

Negative Experiences with Cannabis from Bipolar World; "Mood Stabilizers or Cannabis?" By Dr. Phelps | "Marijuana may have some mood-stabilizing properties based on what users tell me, but they pretty universally give it up in favor of the drug approach once they've had both, if they really have bipolar II (some other stuff that looks similar, I see people still using MJ some -- like post-traumatic stress disorder, for example)." visit: http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/ph_2000/ph84.htm

Negative Experiences with Cannabis Negative Experiences w/Cannabis (Article)   by [Bipolar Disorder News]   visit: http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/ph_2001/ph566.htm

Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa / Indica) and Bipolar Disorder Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa / Indica) and Bipolar Disorder (biz, links?)   Some individuals with Bipolar Disorder claim that marijuana helps both with mania and depression.   Dosages required for these effects may be less than what is necessary to feel “stoned”.   by Everyday Health >>   visit: http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/

Bipolar - Is medical marijuana an effective treatment for depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety, and similar mood disorders? Is medical marijuana an effective treatment for depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety, and similar mood disorders? - May 29, 2008 (ORG, Info) | "Bipolar disorder, also commonly known as manic depression, ... With appropriate use of medical cannabis, many of these patients have been ... General Reference (not clearly pro or con). The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defined depression and bipolar disorder in its 2005 brochures "Let's Talk Facts About Depression" and "Let's Talk Facts About Bipoloar Disorder (Manic Depression)":

Depression: "Depression is a serious mental illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression has a variety of symptoms, but the most common are a deep feeling of sadness or a marked loss of interest or pleasure in activities. Other symptoms include:

  • Changes in appetite that result in weight losses or gains unrelated to dieting

  • Insomnia or oversleeping

  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  • Restlessness or irritability

  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt

  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions

  • Thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide...

For many people, depression cannot always be controlled for any length of time simply by exercise, changing diet or taking a vacation. It is, however, among the most treatable of mental disorders: between 80% and 90% of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from symptoms."

Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression): "Bipolar disorder, also commonly known as manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function.... Bipolar disorder can cause dramatic mood swings - from high and feeling on top of the world, or uncomfortably irritable and 'revved up,' to sad and hopeless, often with periods of normal moods in between....

Because bipolar disorder is a recurrent illness, long-term preventive treatment is strongly recommended." visit: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/viewanswers.asp?questionID=226

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Bi-Polar - Resource, Kind RX Kind RX | This site is dedicated to creation of an interactive forum for patients, professionals and interested lay public to discuss information related to the current research and field experience of medical marijuana prescribed or used to treat the aggravating symptoms of mental, emotional and behavioral disturbances. This site is a mental health education and information resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information about the use of medical marijuana for mental disorders and a forum for patients, professionals and the interested lay public to exchange ideas, information and comments. Visit: http://kindrx.blogspot.com/

The American Alliance For Medical Cannabis (AAMC) The American Alliance For Medical Cannabis (AAMC) | MEDICAL USE: Cannabis and Bipolar and more, Visit: http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/

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Bipolar - Forums BipolarFriend.com | Just Another Bipolar Disorder (BP) Site ~ ONLY BETTER * Have you ever wrestled with the right words to say, or how your voice pitch should be elevated to talk to your loved one while they are in a severe mood swing? When your spouse or child or friend are in state of denial, mania, or depression they are most likely quite sensitive to the slightest inflections which can explode instantaneously. Do you ever examine your role and how you treat them? What your expectations are of them? How you phrase words and sentences? What tone of voice that you use? When a BP is swinging, every little communication nuance can become displaced and misconstrued.  Visit: BipolarFriend.com

Bipolar - Forums Marijuana in Bipolar Disorder | The role of cannabis (marijuana) in psychiatric disorders remains controversial. In bipolar disorder, it is known that many people use cannabis for various reasons. There are some reports that people use cannabis for help in alleviating mania and others report its use for relieving depression. However, these reports are anecdotal and no systematic research has ever been done to see if these effects apply to the population in general. Additionally, there are reports that indicate that cannabis can have a detrimental and potentially causative role in the development of psychosis and paradoxically, can induce mania. The authors of this paper conducted a literature search to identify what has been published regarding the relationship between cannabis and bipolar disorder. visit: http://boards.cannabis.com/medical-marijuana-news/161618-marijuana-bipolar-disorder.html

Bipolar - Forums palmspringsbum - medical; A collection of information on medical marijuana by a patient and focused on cannabis vs. the dangers of pharmaceuticals ... and Bipolar Disorder | The pharmaceutical industry markets, sells and profits greatly from prescription drugs that, at best, mainly work in 30% to 50% of people and, at worst, actually contribute to hospitalization, permanent disability, disease, illness and death. Prescription drugs have killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War and on a yearly basis. visit: http://www.palmspringsbum.com/medical.html

Bipolar - Forums ASA Forum / I am bipolar and wish for medical marijuana | Does anyone know of a good psychiatrist in Alameda County who could help me? I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, two years ago. I have tried Geodon, Xanax, Zoloft, Depakote and Serquil for sleeping. NONE of these meds have helped me, instead made my mania worsen. Can I get medical marijuana for bipolar illness anywhere in Alameda County?? Appreciate any advice. thank you! ... Your best option is to talk with the doctor you are already seeing about your use (or potential use) of medical cannabis. ... visit: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=1964

Bipolar - Forums Has Anyone Heard of Smoking Marijuana for Bipolar Symtoms? by leslie :-D - allnurses Guide | my 16 yo dd has bipolar w/schizo-affective disorder. bipolar is her primary dx. i've been researching several bipolar websites to learn as much as possible. she is currently at a psyche hospital and it's her 6th hospitalization since april/05. what i've been reading are dozens and dozens of testimonials from people with bipolar and they all state that smoking a bit of marijuana regulates them and they feel normal; and that it works better than any med(s) they've ever been on. i've also read testimonials from spouses and children of the one afflicted w/bipolar.

the medical community basically states that marijuana induces bipolar and schizophrenic states. yet those affected, ALL swear that it's the best thing that happened to them, even if it is illegal. my dd has been on many meds yet she remains resistant. i am desperate but also curious to hear if anyone else has heard about the benefits of smoking marijuana for those w/bipolar. visit: http://allnurses.com/psychiatric-nursing/has-anyone-heard-131354.html

Bipolar - Forums What states grant medical marijuana for Bipolar Disorder? | Please, I don't want to hear your opinion on this. And I don't need to hear how it can worsen or induce episodes. I've done my research in this, along my own experiences on this. Some people have counterproductive effects from this. But a lot of testimonials have voiced the ineffectiveness and unwanted side effects from conventional medicine. I'm on my 3rd combination of medications, reacting badly to them once again. Abilify made me want to kill myself, literally. I know in California there's patients being treated with medical marijuana. I'm curious if any other states do also. I haven't seen any listing bipolar disorder as one of them, but they leave the option open for other conditions depending on a review. I've seen the effects of marijuana as a mood stabilizer with frequency and duration of episodes. . and severity (more effective than medication that I've been on so far). My state (PA) has a bill in the state congress for the medical use of marijuana right now. I'm hoping by this time next year I can be smoking a bowl and it not being considered self-medicating and be legal : ) visit: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090515012745AAK3Wvm

Bipolar - Forums Medical Marijuana Debate Forum - Marijuana and bipolar. | Hello all, First time on this forum….So my life has had some major changes happening….I had a pretty good schedule ... ... Sleeping has got all twisted around. About 4 weeks ago, I read some article about medical Marijuana. So I figured what the heck. Got a joint from a friend and gave it a shot. To my surprise it has helped out… visit: http://ehealthforum.com/health/marijuana-and-bipolar-t158066.html

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Bipolar - Forums Marijuana in Bipolar Disorder | United S... Drug news for an enlightened generation, Whilst the British government does its damndest to propel the country back into ... News Medical Marijuana Inc ... | Marijuana in Bipolar Disorder. Whilst the British government does its damndest to propel the country back into the dark ages so far as national drug policy is concerned, the rest of the world is making great strides in getting to grips with cannabis and mental disorders, but not in the way the Home Secretary would have us believe. The role of cannabis (marijuana) in psychiatric disorders remains controversial. In bipolar disorder, it is known that many people use cannabis for various reasons. There are some reports that people use cannabis for help in alleviating mania and others report its use for relieving depression. visit: http://cannazine.co.uk/cannabis-news/united-states/marijuana-in-bipolar-disorder.htmlhtml

  Cannabis as Medicine 

RxMarijuana.com - Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine RxMarijuana.com | Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine.   (ORG, inf, Book) Featured Medical Marijuana Patient Accounts * to share website visitors' medical marijuana histories to provide insight into uses for this medicine which are not widely known. … If you wish to send us a personal account of your medical marijuana experiences, ... Cannabis and Bipolar by Michael McKenna ... visit: www.rxmarihuana.com/shared.htm

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"I need medical marijuana to become legal for bipolar disorder. I am type 1 and this is many peoples last hope crazy thing is. how can you ban something due to the idiots that abuse it. Would you ban cinnamon...I thought not yet it does more damage to the many fools adult children and teens who swallow it whole. please i beg that this will be approved. Whats the harm you can alaways ban it again. "

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Saturday, July 4 at 09:22 PM:
somebody wrote:
"Study Debunks Claim That Pot Smoking Causes Mental Illness - Much has made — by the mainstream media and others — of the claim that cannabis use causes certain types of mental illness, specifically schizophrenia and psychosis. Of course, there was a fatal flaw with The Lancet’s argument — one that, oddly enough, every single MSM outlet failed to mention. Empirical data did not support the investigators’ hypothesis that smoking marijuana was associated with increased rates of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses among the general public — a fact that even the authors begrudgingly admitted when they declared, “Projected trends for schizophrenia incidence have not paralleled trends in cannabis use over time.” visit - http://blog.norml.org/2009/07/01/study-debunks-claims- that-pot-smoking-causes-mental-illness/ "


Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 12:22 pM:
truthteller from MERCY Bipolar Pg feedBack:
" I am an independently licensed psychotherapist with 33 years experience who assesses and treats adults with concerns about their mental health. I have had hundreds of clients with diagnosed bipolar illness tell me that cannabis helps more than conventional medications with their hyperactivity, agitation, anger, insomnia, impulsiveness, suicidal ideation and they say when it is available they are less likely to abuse alcohol or other substances. I respect the findings of research however adecdotal evidence is also valuable, I believe it is an arrogant mistake to dismiss the first person reports of so many people.

In my clinical experience, fifty to sixty percent of all adults seen report use of cannabis at some time. Ninety five percent report that it is helpful to them in managing their moods and behavior. Five percent report that bipolar symptoms, depression or anxiety are worsened by usage. Our current crop of clinicians have not developed any protocol for working with persons who concurrently use cannabis, they either tell you not to do it, present the government party-line again or cannot advise these clients pro-actively. Not much help.

With so many people who are using cannabis to self - medicate for mood disorders and insomnia, we need a new clinical response, clinicians not afraid to work with these clients and help them to manage their symptoms when they have chosen cannabis for medication. I see many people on this site searching for credible information, this shows a significant, unmet clinical need. I am launching a clinical website and intend to include a blog/online support group for persons in search of this type of help.

Feedback to me regarding any interest in this service would be helpful to me in it's development. Hundreds of my clients have told me they have used the entire smorgasbord of psychiatric medications and that none of them work as well as pot.

They are not all wrong, we need to hear them, not dismiss them as most clinicians are now doing. I am not a radical psychotherapist - I work within the conventional framework of our field including the use of prescribed psychotropic medications and do not advocate the use of illegal drugs. However, my fellow clinicians everywhere don't seem to know what to say or do regarding medical marijuana. Many, perhaps a majority, say they support it, but are afraid to speak up. Together we have to change this. "


Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 08:08 AM:
christine from redding, ca wrote:
" i am bipolar and have been using cannabis since i was 18 and am now 40. it helps me with the lack of sleep i get from mania. i was first put on effexor, citalopram, neurotin and then taking up to 450mg of seroquel and was taken off of it because of all the bad side affects. now i'm on ziprasidon and zoloft. it seems like every 2 years the doctors are changing my meds and i feel like a case study. it seems to me that the cannabis is less evasive than all the antipschyochotics they keep putting me on. they need to do better studies. "

Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 05:11 PM:
Ali from Colorado wrote:
" I have schizo affective bipolar disorder, and I have tried almost every Rx drug to combat it on the market. Overall, I would say that those therapies not only made my illness worse, but also worked like a chemical lobotomy. I started using cannabis to attempt to eliminate, or at least control my symptoms when I was 16 years old, as a suggestion of my father, who is a strong supporter of medical cannabis. Low and behold, with the discontinuation of the traditional medication, and small doses of cannabis, spaced out over the entire day I saw an immediate decrease in my symptoms. My hallucinations went away, my anxiety lessened,and my manic episodes are now almost non-existent! I still get depressed from time to time, but what human being doesn't!?! My worst and most debilitating symptoms are now controllable due to this wonderful plant. I am now 21 years old, and still using this herb to help manage my symptoms, but find it very difficult to keep a even dose throughout the day because of feeling like a criminal, and not being able to use my medicine anywhere but my own home. It's a damn shame. I don't think this medicine could work for everyone with bipolar schizo affective disorder, but it helped me, and I'm confident that it could help others. "

Friday, November 14, 2008 at 06:58 PM:
tp from texas wrote:
" I suffer from major depression and anxiety disorder. I find that marijuana provides near immediate relief of my debilitating 'lows'. "

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 07:42 AM:
kimski from michigan/california wrote:
" Hi, I have been recently diagnosed with bipolar ll. Is medicinal mj a possible treatment. I hate the meds they have me on. Please advise."

Tuesday, October 21 at 06:19 AM:
AM from the abyss wrote:
" i've been using marijuana for the past 4yrs and i swear it alleviates the depression and keeps the mania at bay, i stopped 5 months ago due to societal and peer pressures to "do the right thing" and say "no to drugs" but in these 5 months i have had 2MDEs and a hypomanic episode, i've been on lithium but it made me feel like a zombie and i dont wanna go back or any of the other mood stabilizers coz i'm shit scared of the gazillions of side effects. I've been toying with the idea of going back to cannabis but i read somewhere that people with a pre-existing "mental illness" are at a high risk of developing psychosis and becoming schizoaffective at a later stage. pleaze help. i'm desperate for something to make the days and nights bearable coz at the moment i feel like they're all merging into 1, and that i'm suffocating in my excruciating existence. are there any conclusive studies out there, is someone looking into it? "

Thursday, October 16 at 06:55 AM:
Rachel from Earth wrote:
"I have bi-polar I and I'm an off an on smoker. Some times I swear it helps and other times it makes things worse. Honestly I still feel my mania and my depression the same either way. Marijuana is more of a distraction from your current thoughts, so I guess it works best with anxiety. But if I'm angry, or in the middle of a mood shift, it's the last thing I want because it will enhance that anger, or bring on that mood swing quicker. I don't think I will ever completely stop smoking pot, because I enjoy it for recreational/social use more than alcohol, because it doesn't make me sick and I can maintain better judgement. As far as it being relief from bi- polar... I suppose I'm still on the fence. I just know personally when and when not to smoke it to keep it from enhancing negative affects of my bi-polar.

Rachel "

Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 05:40 PM:
Laurie H. from Mira Loma, CA wrote:
"I've suffered with Bipolar I disorder my entire life (finally diagnosed at 16). I've been institutionalized twice.

I've used many traditional medications for Bipolar Disorder. I have had terrible experiences with most of them. Some make me so drowsy I can't function, others worsened my mood swings and induced mania. I've had to deal with side effects ranging from insomnia and dry mouth to kidney problems and facial tics.

I've found that a combination of a low dose antidepressant used along side with cannabis has given me substantial relief from my symptoms. I'm a happy, productive indivdual with two happy, healthy kids. I'm a normal person, who can finally lead a normal life.

I keep me cannabis use private. I wish I didn't have to feel like a criminal, though. I'm not a burnout or a doper... Our views about cannabis need to change. It's a very powerful drug with many health benefits and without the unpleasant side effects of the poisons that the big drug companies are pushing down our throats. "

Friday, March 28, 2008 at 01:30 AM:
Jade from Hell wrote:
"all i wanna know is if there is a way that i can get medical pot for my bipolar disorder. it seems to be the only thing that controls it enough to keep me out of jail or the loony bin. and this damn site is pissing me off something fierce cause i can't find a simple yes or no on if you can get it for this reason or not. i would be extremely greatful if someone could e-mail me at satanicjadexxx420@yahoo.com with a simple yes or no answer, and if yes where i can go in the state of california to find the right doc that will perscribe it to me. thank you all for letting me waste your time. :) "

Wednesday, March 19 at 08:53 PM:
Matthew Foret from Oklahoma wrote:
" I was needing to talk to someone about finding answers. I have several questions on medicinal marijuana and bipolar 2 disorder and deppression. If anyone can give me info or direct me to the right physician than I would be greatly appreciated. I am a 26 byr old male that has been diagnosed w/ bipolar 2, depression and intermitent explosive disorder since I was 15 yrs old "

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 09:12 PM:
kevin mc bride from poulsbo, washington wrote:
" i am 22 years old and have bipolar disorder the doc have given me lithium and as far as i can say is it does not work with me,oter it might me it does not i was useing marijuana to medicate it and it worked great to subdue my manic rage episodes but i got in trouble with the law and now am forced to quite and now iam worse then ever my manic episode i cant controll at all even now that they have me on lithium i have tried to get it precribed to me but i have no insurence to get to the doc i need to get it but marijuana still in my eyes the best medication for my manic biboar disorder "

Tuesday, February 19 at 09:15 PM:
Miranda from NNY wrote:
"MERCY Bipolar Pg feedBack
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feedback: I've known I was bi-polar for over half my life and have spent a lot of time writing about my days in order to try to track my cycles more accurately. I've got copies of the same chart filled in over and over for years because I don't (and never have) been able to remember how I was 2 months ago or last year at this time. When I stopped self medicating with maryjuana and started trying prescription medications I ended up with lots of fun adverse reactions to some and a host of unpleasant side effects others. My mood swings became worse, my depression deeper, I've been hospitalized as the result of several medications effects on me. After 5 years of not smoking weed and instead trying to "find the right combination" of legal medications I have returned to smoking my beloved weed. In the past 6 months since I detoxed off of the cocktail I was on and returned to smoking I've regained a level of functioning I's forgotten I could have! Wouldn't it be nice if I could get this as a prescription rather than have to break the law? "

Thursday, January 31 at 12:17 PM:
Steve from BC wrote:
" I feel I should add that as all medications are not for everyone, so is cannibis. Some people "zone out" while others (like myself) get relief. Don't make judgements on one persons reactions. I am able to smoke and then be sociable while others sleep. Some of the meds used to control Bi- polar are antipsychotics which cause severe drowsiness. So what is worse? Legal meds which cause a person to be semi concious or cannibis which leaves the user buzzing but then available to family and friends? Either way please don't drive under the influence. "

Thursday, January 31 at 12:01 PM:
Steve from BC wrote:
"As a bipolar patient of 17 years I have found that cannibis "mellows" the highs and lifts the lows. Only when severerly depressed I choose not to use cannibis. It's too bad that the actions of a few has ruined the possibiblity of free access to a less toxic medication. "

Thursday, January 31 at 12:36 AM:
Ali from Bay Area wrote:
"This is complete bullshit and all of you are incapable of making wise and healthy decisions for yourselves and your conditions. You are all slowly killing yourself and your brains even more. "

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 09:58 AM:
Jonathan from Washington wrote:
" My wife is bipolar and suffers from anxiety as well and is highly medicated for all. At times her biggest problem is anxiety and out of despairation we had her try some cannabis and it controls her anxiety better than anything sold by the pharaceutical industry! It seems to interrupt the repetitive thoughts (big surprise!) that take over and cause her so much distress. "

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 05:41 PM:
frank, again, from Colorado wrote:
"when i really get down on myself [ie depressed ] negative options start forming drugs; alcohol; etc., I go and score one pinner joint and boom, I'm snapped back to a seperate reality; a good place, my doctor wont come across with a script she says people commit suicide on mj been smokin since i was 14 aint done myself yet. yes you can blast to many bowls and it can become a drag, have medical proof of bi-polarism and advanced glaucoma in right eye is anybody out there who can help me "

Sunday, December 30 at 05:19 PM:
frank a from Colorado wrote:
" i have glaucoma and am bipolar need persciption for medical marijauna help me on how to obtain mj legal like. "

Tuesday, November 27 at 08:36 PM:
stan "stanamo" eremiah from Washington State wrote:
" I have been battling with bipolar and ADD and numerous other mental problems all my life. all the deppression and manic episodes. for people who do not have these disorders I envy you but marijuana helps some people with mentle illnesses. I just don't see why we cant get medical marijuana for our disease. we did not ask to be born with it. medical marijuana might not be for everyone, but I know It helps me with my illneses. we need to get it passed so we to can have some peace. "

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 08:34 PM:
stan eremiah from wahington state wrote:
" I have been batteling with bipolar and ADD and numerous other mental problems all my life all the deppression and manic episodes for peole who do not have these disorders I envy you but marijuana helps some people with mentle illnesses I just dont see why we cant get medical marijuana for our disease we did not ask to be born with it, medical mrijuana might no be for everyone but I no It helps me with my illneses we need to get it passed so we to can have some peace. "

Tuesday, October 30 at 07:44 PM:
big red from florida wrote:
"i hope one day i can drop all my expensive chemicals that keep me alive and turn to an alternative treatment for bipolar disorder. with help this is possible"

Saturday, October 27 at 07:25 AM:
joe from san diego wrote:
"you all are in denial - give the weed up and find better mental health. "

Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 07:22 AM:
victoria b purdy from san francisco bay area wrote:
"Having just been to th e hospital this week, for mania - i'm done with marijuana. i have to be - it's not a choice. i have smoked pot for 35 years and i am bipolar 2. i never thought it was a problem till i saw my pysicatrist and told her the truth. also, this is the only website i've seen that is proactive for marijuana use amongst bipolar people. try NOT smoking and watch her mental health clear up - i'm not kidding. you are kidding yourself if you think the pot is helping ..... take it from someone who knows, pot is harmful to bipolar candidates. anything less of that is called denial!!! "

Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 12:50 PM:
Martha, RN from Oregon wrote:
" My husband is bipolar (his father and brother were diagnosed bipolar, but he has never been 'officially' evaluated) and manages his symptoms with marijuana. As far as I am concerned, it is a miracle medication for him. It does not affect him the way it affects normal people; he does not act "stoned" and is able to function much better with it than without it (plus he is a hundred times easier to get along with). Someday, when we are out of the dark ages of pharmaceutical drug pushing and into the realm of common sense, this will be a legitimate use of medical marijuana for people like my husband. "

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 11:51 PM:
Kimberly Smith from NY but currently living in AR wrote:
"I was diagnosed with Bi- polar in Jan. of 2007. I have been a every day smoker of cannabis and believe that this has prevented me from a manic episode. My therapists don't believe that smoking pot is good for me but it helps me relax since I am very anxious and have a lot of energy. I have also written some amazing poetry while on pot. Arkansas does not have a law that permits medicinal usage of marajuana and I believe in it. It is natural and I would like help. I don't want to smoke it every day but I would like to have it when I am feeling anxious. I am a successful career woman, I'm 32, healthy and I am a recreational therapist. I work with the elderly and they happen to have mental illness as well. How Ironic? My e-mail is - ksmithsilly1@yahoo.com. I would love to hear back from you for I believe in it and it should be legalized. "

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 07:54 PM:
Ronald from Canada Quebec wrote:
" I am rarley in a depressed state, I have gained grain confidence, because of having BiPolar and living a different life from those who do not understand. I love to smoke, I m in my Zone. It lets me go to parts of the brain and find things ....I think it should be a neccesity to smoke, we should all raze are spiritual belief...If you beleive... I beleive the clover is actually gods way of presenting this weed ...The heart the diamond the spade and the club or marijuana bush .. Smoke be well..... I am, so.... tacpans@msn.com Have you ever heard the Song, that says.. Signs, signs, everywhere signs, can't you read the signs... When I smoke I can read the hidden sign, that Bipolar helped me to see deeper into nothing and finding something"

Monday, July 9, 2007 at 01:21 AM:
Matt Lorenc from San Jose, CA wrote:
" I wanted to know about medical marijuana and Bipolar 2 disorder. Thanks."

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 02:33 PM:
Clive Dobson from Hopefield, Western Cape, South Africa wrote:
" I am bi-polar, on lithium, and the joint takes away naussea, gives me attitude and make me horny, what better thing from sweet mj.

Clive"

Thursday, June 7 at 06:32 AM:
Bob from someplace wrote:
"I'm replying to Sue C. in Australia. Just because he smoked some cannibus does not mean it was the cause for his psychosis. I thought that alchohol caused one of my major manic episodes, but what I figured out was that my episodes come on slowly and unless you are looking for them when they happen you don't catch it in the slow stage. I think that I as a regular cannibus user am able to see when an episode is comming on me. You just have to have knowledge pertaining to what a manic episode is and always look for it because it is a life long illness.

Bob "

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 06:17 PM:
sheila from USA wrote:
" I have Bi-Polar and anxiety disorder and have suffered for 17 years, being dianosed as manic depressive. I have family members that also suffer w/ Bi-polar, its genetic and I've been on every drug they could think of until I had a siezure and ended up in the hospital. Since I started smoking MJ I have a life back. I am able to go outside my home and go in public which I couldnt do for years. Now with very little medication and MJ I am a functioning human with a relationship with my family. I thank God for my treatment and helping me to have a life again. "

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 11:55 AM:
Susan from USA wrote:
"My husband was diagnosed with bipolar seven years ago. Smoking marijuana in small doses is the only thing that has ever helped to stabalize him. The other drugs turned him into a mechanical robot. In moderation the marijuana has allowed him to have a balanced life."

Friday, October 13, 2006 at 05:28 AM:
Taryn from Sydney, Australia wrote:
" I'm Epileptic and also have mild Bipolar disorder. My opinion is that these two disorders are linked but I am yet to find any information on the subject. Pot stopped my seizures and also reduces my manic states better than the drugs that they prescribed me. Epilim is used to treat bipolar as well as epilepsy. The epilim prescribed made me very depressed, needy and vulnerable and didn't help the epilepsy where as the Pot seemed to be just right."

Saturday, October 7 at 05:00 AM:
Sue C from Australia wrote:
" My husband suffers from bipolar disorder and has just been hospitalised in the local psychiatric ward because he used cannabis which caused a drug induced pychosis. How can you possibly advocate the use of this crap to help bipolar, obviously you've never seen what harm it can do. "

Wednesday, October 4 at 03:47 PM:
Lisa from Australia wrote:
"I have just started exploring sites like this. I have had depression for 3 years. I have found that using marijuana when I am feeling very low / stressed / suicidal provides instant relief. I think researchers are missing something. Not all medication is suited to all individuals. What suits one does not suit the other. Marijuana gives me insight into my situation, which in turn, allows me to take control of what is happening, and I cope much better. "

Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 12:49 PM:
JAN from ROHNERT PARK, CA. wrote:
"TWO TEENAGERS WITH BI-POLAR AND DEPRESSION. THEY TAKE LOTS OF MEDS. COULD THIS HELP RELIEVE THEIR NEED?? "

Tuesday, June 14 at 10:51 PM:
Marcus from Oregon wrote:
" My doctors have tried all kinds of drugs for my depession and i still self medicate because cannabis really helps my problem my doctors think I'm border line bi-polar and I can't sllep one time for 48 days straight it effects my job my life and unless i'm using i'm not productive at all my balance comes from pot. "

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