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Marijuana Could Provide Mental Health Treatments

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While some studies say that people with mental illness are more likely to use marijuana, a new study says that the drug may have medical benefits in treating conditions like bipolar disorder, the BBC reported June 3.

Anecdotal reports from people with bipolar disorder suggest that marijuana could alleviate some symptoms of the disease, according to researchers from the University of Newcastle in the U.K. The authors said that THC could help patients with bipolar disorder avoid the manic highs and depressive lows associated with the disease, while cannabidiol, another active ingredient in marijuana, has calming properties.

The authors suggested that an oral cannabis spray now being marketed by GW Pharmaceuticals be used in a clinical trial for possible treatment of mental illness. However, they also noted that marijuana use could cause mental-health problems and increase the risk of mental illness among those who are genetically prone to such diseases.

"If you use this mixture in the right dose and the right proportions, you might very well be able to help people with bipolar disorder, whatever way they are veering," said lead study author Heather Ashton. "We think it might be useful to patients to try, as an add-on not as a single drug, a known mixture of certain cannabinoids ... People who take cannabis for relief of these symptoms do not need the heavy doses that recreational users take. We all agree that smoking cannabis, especially when young, in large quantities is associated with mental illness. That is quite different from using it medicinally."

The study appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.


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Section12

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However, they also noted that marijuana use could cause mental-health problems and increase the risk of mental illness among those who are genetically prone to such diseases.

I love how they say that all the time.

Not for anything, but MJ has done nothing but HELP my bipolar disorder. All of the legal crap they were pushing on me in the form of chemical pills did almost NOTHING to alleviate my symptoms, made me feel like shit all the time and caused nasty side effects like weakening my kidneys and heart, causing massive swings in my blood pressure and gave me seriously bad headaches.

I partake twice daily and my symptoms are managed MUCH better than anything any pharmaceutical company product ever tried to help with.

I wish the mis/disinformation campaign on MJ would just stop. It helped me, someone who never used while growing up, get relief from BPD.

Yet my government only cares about money, so I have to continually sneak my medication into my life.
 

Curso

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I love how they say that all the time.

Not for anything, but MJ has done nothing but HELP my bipolar disorder. All of the legal crap they were pushing on me in the form of chemical pills did almost NOTHING to alleviate my symptoms, made me feel like shit all the time and caused nasty side effects like weakening my kidneys and heart, causing massive swings in my blood pressure and gave me seriously bad headaches.

I partake twice daily and my symptoms are managed MUCH better than anything any pharmaceutical company product ever tried to help with.

I wish the mis/disinformation campaign on MJ would just stop. It helped me, someone who never used while growing up, get relief from BPD.

Yet my government only cares about money, so I have to continually sneak my medication into my life.

I have the same problem, I have rapid firing mood swings (feel bad for my wife don't ya). While taking the countless meds they have given me, I have noticed no difference in my moods. If I "partake" in combination with the nasty pills, I have relatively even moods.

I went a different rout to get the medical certification, I used the "cronic pain" from an accident and got legal. I'm not to sure how my shrink feels about my medical usage, but when I get sent for my blood tests, I have my ineffective meds in me, so it keeps him happy.
The side effects are what bother me the most about the meds they give us for bpd. It seems like these meds break 3 things to maybe fix one. Doesn't make much sense to me, but I'm just a chef not a doctor.

I wish you the best.
Curso
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Section12

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Thanks for sharing that, Curso.

I am glad you have the help you need for BPD. I am also happy for you that you live in a place where you can get a prescription for it. There are bills on the table here in Massachusetts for it, but I feel that will sit in nothingness for a long time.

And yes, I do feel bad for your wife. My wife also has to suffer through my mood swings if I am not even-tempered.
 
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