CBD for bipolar disorder has been showing positive results in anecdotal and scientific studies. Bipolar disorder or also called manic-depressive disorder causes extreme shifts in mood. Furthermore, shifts in behavior and energy are the results of this serious mental condition.
An estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults get bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIH).
Although symptoms can begin at any time during life, bipolar most of all starts in late adolescence or early adulthood.
Doctors classify almost 83% of the diagnosed bipolar cases as “Severe”.
Both manic episodes like mania and hypomania and depressive episodes which follow each other, characterize the illness. While most patients do not have any symptoms in between episodes.
They alternate between “Highs” and “Lows”. And episode can last between several hours and several weeks.
According to NIH statistics, bypolar disorder affects men and women the same.
In some rare cases, patients have mixed episodes where they show manic and depressive symptoms during the same episode. However, the ‘normal’ bipolar manic and depressive episodes usually show different symptoms.
Drastically decreased Activity
Impairment of Daily Life
It is not uncommon that patients have also other mental disorders parallel to bipolar, such as:
Preliminary research indicates that Cannabidiol reduces or suppresses both mania and depression. In conclusion, it has great potential for therapeutical application.
The scientific community carries out little medical research in this area. Probably because the money isn’t coming back to ‘them’, according to Dr. Paul Bregman (MD) a bipolar CBD user himself.
With ‘them’ he means of course ‘Big Pharma’ which sponsors most of the medical research in our country that is supposed to be the pinnacle of democracy and an example for the world.
Yet, scientists did a review in 2005 on the therapeutical potential of cannabinoids in bipolar affective disorder. It most of all lines out the future trend of ‘Big Pharma’ in relation to cannabis and cannabinoids. If you read a little between the lines it seems like ‘Big Pharma’ wants in on the deal.
It came to the point that they cannot deny the effectiveness of cannabis. Consequently, they realize the thread from plant medicine. Their pharmaceutical factories, therefore, risk being left out of the equation.
Due to this risk, they developed synthetic cannabinoids and promote them pretending to have embraced cannabis.
Synthetic cannabinoids are just another chemically produced drug. Hence they are less effective than cannabis. But as a result they have similar side-effects as all chemically produced pharmaceutical drugs.
Researchers did another scientific medical study in 2009 with regards to neurodegenerative disorders. They concluded that cannabidiol (CBD), maybe represents a very promising agent with the highest prospect for therapeutic use.
Recent developments suggest that non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids have a rather wide range of pharmacological effects. Consequently, many of them are of potential therapeutic interest. CBD is the cannabinoid that is studied most of all. A 2009 study claims that “CBD has an extremely safe profile in humans, and it has been clinically evaluated for the treatment of anxiety, psychosis and movement disorders”.
CBD for depression has also been clinically tested providing evidence it works well for depression and stress. In 2015 another lab study confirmed that CBD has neurogenetic properties. These are properties to regenerate and protect nerve cells.
This study focused on CBD for Parkinson’s, yet it is equally important for bipolar because it proves the neurorestorative potential of CBD.
In 2010 researchers carried out a clinical study on bipolar disorder and cannabis use amongst 133 bipolar patients. This study, as a result, associated cannabis use with better neurocognitive functioning.
A 2017 review study states that CBD has a good safety record and lacks undesired side-effects. CBD seems like a multi-target drug. Hence this challenges our familiar concept that medication should always act on a single pharmacological target.
Yet, there are multiple mechanisms to explain CBD effects in neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition, in 2017 Brasilian scientists started a large clinical trial on Cannabidiol as an Adjunctive Treatment for Bipolar Depression (CBDBD).
The investigators from Porto Alegre hypothesize that treatment with cannabidiol probably will result in improvement of depressive and anxiety symptoms. Furthermore, CBD should improve functioning and inflammatory biomarkers. The researchers will probably deliver results in 2019 or 2020.
In 1998 L. Ginspoon and JB. Bakalar collected a number of case studies. In conclusion, self-medicating patients claim to have benefits for mania, depression or both, using cannabis.
The overall opinion was that conventional drugs were a lot less effective than the cannabis treatment. Besides that, they also reported that it reduced some negative side-effects from those big pharma drugs.
“As a Medical Doctor I started using Medical Cannabis (CBD) to treat my Bipolar disorder. I was fired by the Medical Board of the Hospital where I worked, after honestly answering their question why I was so productive at work.” Medical Doctor Paul Bregman.
Big Pharma Bipolar Medication
Especially relevant is that currently, there is no cure for Bipolar Disorder. As a bipolar patient, you literally suffer twice as much if you go the pharmaceutical way.
Because you are tossed between mania and depression, they can’t prescribe you just mood stabilizers or anti-depressants alone. This is because mood stabilizers can provoke depression and antidepressants can provoke manic episodes.
So, they will toss in mood stabilizers or antipsychotics along with the anti-depressants. On top of that doctors often prescribe anti-anxiety medication as well as sleep medication.
Basically, you are double-drugged with a cocktail of uppers and downers and you may, and most likely will, suffer the following consequences:
Negative side effects of prescribed Bipolar medication
Changes in blood count
Nausea / Vomiting
Tremors / Muscle twisting
Kidney problems (Lithium)
Polydipsia – extreme thirst (Lithium)
Polyuria – excessive urination (Lithium)
Severe Acne (Lithium)
Hemorrhagic pancreatitis (Valproic acid)
CBD Oil Dosage for Bipolar Disorder
As can be seen in the combined studies of other neurodegenerative disorders as well as bipolar disorder, a combination of CBD and other cannabinoids, like CBDa, THC, CBC, CBN, CBG etc. achieve better results. The different healing properties of these cannabinoids, when combined create a synergetic effect boosting the overall effect on our condition and on our health in general.
Some bipolar patients started using CBD for pain in their abdomen and found that also their manic and depressive episodes reduced.
Besides the fact that we are all a little different and therefore will react slightly different to CBD, the severity of the Bipolar disorder is the main indicator of the quantity. Although it is not possible to overdose cannabidiol, it is unnecessary to take too much if it is not needed.
CBD milligrams for Bipolar
Based on years of patient feedback we see that for similar neuro conditions it is best to start with 40 or 50 mg per day and double it after four days if it doesn’t improve or if the improvements are too small. Bipolar patients have been known to have taken hundreds of milligrams daily in the beginning to reverse the disease. In the Brasilian clinical trial that is going on right now, bipolar patients get 600 mg CBD daily.
The way how you take CBD oil is not that important. Just know that although vaping gives a very fast effect, the duration of the effects is also much shorter. Most commonly sublingual intaking is used for severe medical conditions. Vaping can be used in parallel to mitigate acute mania or depression when a quick reaction is needed.
It is recommended to stay at a higher dosage for several weeks and when you feel you are functioning normally again gradually reduce dosing to a maintenance level of 25 to 50 mg per day. You can find out by trial and error what the minimum dosage is for avoiding the return of your bipolar symptoms.
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Succes Stories of Bipolar Disorder Patients
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Overview of Scientific Studies and Reports
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