i know i commented already on your other post buuuut i wanna put out my feelings on BP and pot... if your in the manic phase (for BP-1 i think) it acts like a depressant for your Central Nervous system (brain and spine) which would work for manic phase i would assume (slowing down your body). but for the depression it would make it worse (some people have pot-mainly sativa strains- help depression dunno how cuz i dont study pot much) since depression is already a slowing of your body/mind (less norepinephrine/seritonin means parasympathetic (wined down system )nervous system is engaged and over active) meaning any depressant to the CNS would cause more problems
all theoretical and thought of completely by my self
For me pot smoking has made it worse. When i am manic it tends to make my mania more crazier and it seems fun at the time but the crash is hard and I do believe like the person above said it made my depression 10 times worse; I stay away from it all together. My motto if it doesnt help me then i stay away from it; Think about it even though they give us psychoactive drugs and then we put more psychoactive drugs in our system we can be setting us up. I am not anti-pot and believe in its healing powers for some but for me it definately has made my manice phase almost delusional and my depressive phase much more deeper. hang in there,keep asking the questions and u will get there.
Somking pot has always made me feel very paranoid even when I did it when I was younger and thats why I never really smoked it that much. I know when I am manic, my body feels like it is going to explode and I already have that paranoid feeling so I am scared to smoke it then. I am on 11 different medicines (5 of those for my physical pain and the others for my "mental pain"). Does it help you? Who knows I am at my wits end with everything, might try it ! Please respond back I am curious how it effects you.
I was diagnosed at the age of 9 years old as manic depressive (bi-polar), ADHD (with extreme hyperactivity symptoms) and having epilepsy as well. There has not been a time in my life that I have been able to function like a normal member of society without the assistance of marijuana. Even the times when I have not had insurance and been able to afford my meds or even see my psychiatrist for that matter I have ALWAYS been able to "self medicate" with marijuana. I started experimenting with it very shortly after starting middle school (about 10 years old) and by the age of 13 I was having to smoke everyday just to get through concentrating on my schoolwork. I am now in my 30's and cannot ever recall a time in my life that I have been able to live without using marijuana to self medicate myself.
Even with the extreme ups and downs of bi-polar disorder I find that marijuana somehow is able to adapt and adjust to exactly what I need it to do to affect my mood in a positive manner at that time.
Now I understand that it is only legal in very few states (mine, unfortunately not being one of those) and the reason it is not legal is because of it's potential to "get you high". Once smoking for 15+ years it's not a matter of "catching one" anymore, it literally has become a way of life for me. All I can say is thank god that there is *something* out there that works for me that I can afford. Insurance is and has been out of the question for me for quite some time now and lamactil, gabitril, depakote, adderall, lexapro, seroquel, lithium, etc.. are all drugs that there is NO way that I can afford.
Now just because I have found such a refuge and compromise to medical treatment in marijuana DOES NOT necessarily mean that it can or will work for you. I just wanted to share my experience and see how it may have effected others in similar situations like mine..
Good luck to you all and I hope you find what you are looking for..
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