CBD oil for bipolar disorder has shown positive results in anecdotal and scientific studies. Bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder causes extreme shifts in mood. Also, shifts in behavior and energy are the results of this serious mental condition.
An estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults experience bipolar disorder at some time in their lives, according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIH).
Although symptoms can begin at any time during life, bipolar usually starts in late adolescence or early adulthood.
Aproximately 83% of the diagnosed bipolar cases is classified as “Severe”.
The condition is characterized by both manic episodes like mania and hypomania and depressive episodes which follow each other. Most patients do not have any symptoms in between episodes. They alternate between “Highs” and “Lows” which can last between several hours and several weeks.
According to NIH statistics, men and women are equally often affected by bypolar disorder.
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 the following symptoms:
Drastically decreased Activity
Impairment of Daily Life
Symptoms with both Episodes
It is not uncommon that patients have other mental disorders parallel to bipolar. Such as:
Preliminary research indicates that Cannabidiol can reduce or suppress both mania and depression and that it has great potential for therapeutical application. Little medical research has been done in this area 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.
A 2005 review and discussion of the therapeutical potential of cannabinoids in bipolar affective disorder, basically lines out the future trend of ‘Big Pharma’ in relation to cannabis and cannabinoids. If you read a little between the lines you clearly see that ‘Big Pharma’ wants in on the deal.
Now it is coming to the point that they cannot deny the effectiveness of cannabis, they realize the thread from plant medicine. Their pharmaceutical factories risk being left out of the equation. Therefore they have started developing synthetic cannabinoids and are promoting them pretending to have embraced cannabis.
Synthetic cannabinoids are nothing other than chemical clones of the natural cannabinoids, with less effectivenes but similar side-effects to all chemically produced pharmaceutical drugs.
A 2009 scientific medical study with regards to neurodegenerative disorders, concluded that cannabidiol (CBD), which lacks any unwanted psychotropic effect, may represent a very promising agent with the highest prospect for therapeutic use.
Recent developments suggest that non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids exert a wide range of pharmacological effects, many of which are of potential therapeutic interest. CBD is the most studied cannabinoid. 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 a lab study confirmed that CBD has neurogenetic properties (properties to regenerate and protect nerve cells). Although this study focused on CBD for Parkinson’s, it is equally important for bipolar because of the neurorestorative potential of CBD.
In 2010 a clinical study on bipolar disorder and cannabis use was carried out amongst 133 bipolar patients. In this study, cannabis use was associated with better neurocognitive function.
A 2017 review study states that CBD has a good safety record and lacks undesired side-effects. CBD is ranked as a multi-target drug, challenging our familiar concept that medication should always act in a single pharmacological target. There are multiple mechanisms to explain CBD effects in neuropsychiatric disorders.
In 2017 a large clinical trial on Cannabidiol as an Adjunctive Treatment for Bipolar Depression (CBDBD) started in Porto Alegre in Brasil. The investigators hypothesize that treatment with cannabidiol will result in improvement of depressive and anxiety symptoms, as well as, improvement in functioning and inflammatory biomarkers. Results are expected in 2019 or 2020.
In 1998 L. Ginspoon and JB. Bakalar collected a number of case studies in which self-medicating patients claim to have benefits for mania, depression or both, using cannabis. The overall opinion was that it is more effective than conventional drugs. Besides that, they 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 and was fired by the Medical Board of the Hospital where I worked, after honestly answering their question why I was so productive at work.” According to Medical Doctor Paul Bregman.
Big Pharma Bipolar Medication
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 anti-anxiety medication is often prescribed 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.
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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