Cannabis and Bipolar Disorder: 5 Strains That May Help
While right now there is no cure for bipolar disorder, there are a number of treatments available to people who have it.
The most common include prescription medications and therapy, but for some, that just isn’t enough.
The symptoms of bipolar can be extreme and unpredictable.
Many seek other treatment options when their current routine is no longer serving them.
Among the alternative treatment methods is medical cannabis.
Cannabis and bipolar disorder aren’t always seen as an easy pair, but that may be all about to change.
More and more research is showing that cannabis and bipolar disorder may have a bigger treatment link than we thought.
Critics of cannabis use for bipolar disorder have claimed that it affected a person’s memory and thought process.
However, a study published in 2016 concluded that this simply wasn’t true.
In the study, they found that people with bipolar disorder experienced significantly less mental impairment after using cannabis when compared to people with bipolar who hadn’t used cannabis.
The study also found that the patients with bipolar disorder reported having a better mood after using cannabis.
Another study from 2015 found that people who had bipolar disorder and used cannabis had an enhanced mood and a more positive outlook.
However, it should be noted that the researchers found that people were more likely to use cannabis when they were already having a good day. They didn’t tend to use cannabis when their symptoms were overly severe.
That being said, you’re probably wondering, what are the best strains for people with bipolar disorder to try?
We’ve curated a list that we think would be the most helpful.
1. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is known for its lovely balance of cerebral and body high.
This is a popular daytime strain for treating depressive symptoms for anyone with bipolar disorder.
This is a great strain if you’re looking for quick symptom relief without heavy sedative effects that you’d usually find in your prescription meds.
2. Sour Diesel
This legendary strain is well-loved by everyone, not just people who have bipolar disorder.
This strain is known for its energy boosting yet relaxingly dreamy cerebral effects.
Sour Diesel is known to treat stress, pain, and depression which is why it’s a top choice for many medical patients.
Throw those sleeping pills away!
You won’t need them after trying Northern Lights.
This strain provides a relaxing and comfortable laziness that will relax your muscles and pacify the mind.
Many people choose this strain to treat pain, sleeplessness, depression, and stress.
This is a favorite for anyone with bipolar disorder who wants to experience a full body and mind relaxation that lulls them comfortably to sleep.
Strawberry Cough is a go-to for anyone who suffers from anxiety and stress.
Especially in social situations, this strain can put you, and your bipolar-induced anxiety, at ease.
Not to mention the sweet strawberry taste is another perk.
This strain is a sativa so it will provide you with the energy and uplifting effects that you’re probably missing if you’re used to taking sedatives for anxiety.
This strain is a favorite among medical patients because of its relief from pain, nausea, and appetite loss.
However, if you’re a newbie, be careful of this one! Girls Scout Cookies’s (or GSC) high THC levels are so high that it’s won multiple Cannabis Cup awards.
This strain will straight up launch you into a strong euphoria coupled with an awesome full-body relaxation.
Above all, talk with your doctor to see what’s right for you.
We’re not medical professionals, but we know cannabis and bipolar disorder is something that we’ve seen treated before with cannabis by many people.
It’s important to understand that all of the research on the medicinal benefits of cannabis and bipolar disorder is still in the preliminary stages.
There is no cut and dry way to treat bipolar with cannabis, so we urge you to take caution and start with small dosing until you know what works for you.
Cannabis can affect everyone differently.
The results of the latest studies that have been published shouldn’t suggest that cannabis can benefit everyone with bipolar disorder.
If you or a loved one is suffering from bipolar disorder and are curious to learn more, feel free to stop by our dispensary any time.
Chat with one of our experienced and knowledgeable budtenders about what products would be perfect for you.
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