CBD for Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder)
THC is an essential element in treating diseases like manic depression. It may lead to a vast improvement in patients ‘ moods. However, it requires the support of the CBD.
CBD plays a role in treating manic depression and has influential anti-psychoactive properties necessary during a patient’s manic episodes. They also reduce hallucinations.
You can experience the psychoactive effects of THC when consumed in higher doses.
CBD Products for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes abnormal changes in mood, energy, and general ability to function. People with bipolar disorder experience intense emotional states that typically occur during distinct periods of days to weeks. This condition is not the regular mood change that we all experience but a disease with significant symptoms. CBD products may relieve these symptoms and improve quality of life.
Which CBD Products Help Bipolar Symptoms
The main products that may help bipolar disorder are CBD oil and CBD-infused gummies.
CBD Oil: The oils are offered in different CBD doses, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, and 24%. Consumers who use the product for the first time can start with low-dose oils and later increase the dose until they reach a significant improvement. Due to its high qualities, CBD oil has a positive effect on the whole body.
The oil is easy to use and relieves various symptoms, including those associated with bipolar disease. CBD oil is known as a preparation with few insignificant side effects if any.
CBD gummies: Among the many symptoms that CBD gummies may help are symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. The gummies are safe to use and can be taken several times a day.
Combination of THC and CBD
We offer full-spectrum oils to alleviate bipolar symptoms. Unlike isolate or broad-spectrum oils, they contain a small amount of THC. A few studies have been made and concluded that CBD and THC are a perfect combination to provide a positive neurological effect. Therefore, for the full benefits of CBD, you may consider consuming full-spectrum products unless you intentionally don’t want to use products with THC concentration.
How CBD Helps Fight Bipolar Disorder
One of the well-known treatments for bipolar disorder is medical cannabis that contains THC. THC is of significant value in treating bipolar disorder and other medical conditions, but it alone is not enough. While THC has a psychoactive effect, CBD has no psychotic effect, and it balances THC in high-dose intake.
To consume cannabis that contains THC, a medical cannabis license must be issued. Products that contain CBD only or THC at a concentration of 0.2% and below do not require a permit.
How To Use CBD To Reduce Symptoms
CBD oil should be dripped into a spoon and placed for about a minute under the tongue until completely absorbed. Start with one or two drops a day, and later you can increase to four to eight drops.
CBD gummies should be taken on an empty stomach, preferably when you wake up in the morning. If you take more gummies during the day, it is recommended to do so four to five hours after the last meal. Start with one or two gummies a day, and if you feel the need – increase the dose.
Sativa and Indica Flowers for Bipolar Depression
CBD oil and gummies are considered the most popular products to treat different mental conditions, including bipolar depression, especially full-spectrum oils that contain CBD and THC. Since cannabidiol is fat-soluble, this is why it is often offered as a CBD-infused oil instead of flowers.
However, CBD Sativa and Indica flowers can be found on Happy Garden shelves. These are also great for improving your health condition. You have three options of uses. You can smoke CBD flowers, vape them, or consume them with coconut oil. Heating up flowers at the right temperature using butter or olive oil is also acceptable. As mentioned earlier, CBD is fat-soluble, so coconut oil binds agents for cannabinoids to accelerate absorption in the bloodstream and throughout the whole body.
Is it Safe to Use CBD for Bipolar Disorder?
According to the World Health Organization, using CBD products for health issues, including bipolar depression, is pretty safe. If you follow the dosage instructions or consult your doctor, you are unlikely to experience any adverse side effects. While this is true for most people, others may develop mild side effects, such as diarrhea, weight changes, and appetite changes.
If you suffer from bipolar disease and look at the possibility of using CBD products, please consult with your physician, particularly if you are undergoing traditional treatment. The thing is that some medications interacting with CBD may reduce the effect of CBD or intensify the side effects mentioned above.
How to Find a Reliable CBD Product
Happy Gardens offers high-quality oils, gummies, and flowers. It means that you can be sure of our products’ ingredients, proved by the certificate of analysis (COA). So the levels of CBD, THC, terpenes, contaminates, and solvents have been tested and approved.
When Treating Bipolar Disorder with Cannabis, Research Suggests the Amount of CBD May Be Key
Earlier this year, a contributor to the United Patients Group blog wrote about his son’s struggle to find an effective treatment for bipolar disorder. After four years of nearly annual hospitalization, cannabis was the only option that seemed to help. “From his first puff I could see immediate mood improvements,” the father wrote. But interestingly, he also felt that his son’s habit of smoking “street pot” had increased his psychosis, even provoking manic episodes.
How is it that the same plant could both agitate and alleviate his son’s symptoms? The key to effective treatment, the father argued, was in the chemical makeup of one particular cannabis strain they’d found—it had high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the principal cannabinoids in marijuana.
The Connection Between Cannabis and Bipolar Disorder
Research into the relationship between cannabis and bipolar disorder has resulted in contradictory results: some studies say using cannabis improves cognitive functions , with patients reporting that it works better than conventional drugs to treat their mania and depression. But other studies suggest it increases depressive symptoms and that continued use of cannabis is associated with a higher occurrence of manic episodes . And there’s the risk, too, of dependence and drug abuse—research has found that people with bipolar disorder are 6.8 times more likely to have a history of illicit marijuana use than the rest of the population.
Despite all this, the father from the United Patients Group may have been onto something. While case studies on cannabis’ effects have been mixed, there’s a lot of evidence that CBD has the same antipsychotic and anticonvulsive properties as conventional bipolar disorder treatments. In other words, the chemical makeup of the strain you use does seem to matter, especially the balance of cannabis’ two most famous ingredients: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
The Difference Between THC and CBD
Of the 113 known compounds in marijuana, THC and CBD are the two principal active cannabinoids. Both interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body, the system that affects mood, appetite, pain sensation, and memory (this system is also known to play a role in mental disorders when it doesn’t function properly ). The amount of THC and CBD in your cannabis—plus the way these compounds interact with each other—results in the different “highs” you get from various strains.
The health effects of the principal cannabinoids in marijuana. | Image Source: Wikimedia user Subvertc
So, how do these two compounds differ? It’s a surprisingly long list. THC is psychoactive and has properties that relieve pain , reduce vomiting, and reduce muscle spasms. It also has a relaxing effect on most people, which can give you that classic “stoned” feeling. And while marijuana doesn’t cause psychotic disorders (contrary to familiar old-school propaganda ), research shows that it can mimic symptoms — and this effect also comes from THC.
CBD also relieves pain, and it has additional properties that are anti-anxiety , anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective. But even more interesting are CBD’s antipsychotic and anticonvulsive properties, which suggest the compound could be used to replace conventional antipsychotics and anticonvulsants, the two drug classes most commonly prescribed to people with bipolar disorder. For instance, CBD’s antipsychotic properties mean that the cannabinoid acts like an “atypical” antipsychotic —working similarly to a conventional antipsychotic medication but without the same serious, long-term side effects.
So while THC can induce psychotic reactions and impair cognitive functions, CBD’s antipsychotic properties mitigate the effects of THC. It makes sense, then, that a strain with a high CBD content would be effective against bipolar disorder, while a strain with high THC might only aggravate psychotic symptoms. But unless you specifically seek out a high-CBD marijuana, it’s likely you’ll wind up with a strain that’s much higher in THC. In a study from the University of Mississippi that assessed the THC/CBD content of illegal marijuana confiscated between 1994 and 2014, researchers found that THC content increased from 4% to 12% over the years, while CBD decreased. There used to be about 14 times more THC than CBD in marijuana — now there’s 80 times more.
Whole Cannabis vs Isolated CBD: Which Is Better?
If THC could induce psychosis in some people with mental disorders, is it better to just use pure CBD? The father from the United Patients Group reported his son had great results with cannabis strains that had a CBD:THC ratio of 20:1, but he also said they had even better results with isolated CBD in oil form. Another man claims that CBD oil was so effective he was able to quit his conventional antipsychotic prescription.
But the way that THC and CBD interact may also be important. In 2012, a man named Miles Houser wrote to a Harvard professor who was collecting case studies on cannabis, stating that after running the gamut of conventional anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and antidepressants, high-CBD cannabis had been the only thing that worked for him. In an article for the online magazine Ladybud, marijuana legalization advocate Gradi Jordan wrote that, based on the 36 years she’d used cannabis to treat her bipolar disorder , she felt THC was an essential component to effectively managing severe symptoms.
What’s the bottom line? We still don’t know. There’s a lot of evidence that CBD—either in isolated form or in high-CBD strains of cannabis—can effectively treat both the manic and depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder. But most clinical cannabis studies don’t include the ratio of CBD:THC in the strands they use, and more research is needed to explore whether CBD oil or whole cannabis works better. Like any psychedelic, cannabis needs to be treated with caution and respect, and it shouldn’t be used as a haphazard self-medication. And as with all medicines, treatment is ultimately a matter of personal preference: the effectiveness and side effects will depend on the unique biochemistry and personality of each person. But while we’re waiting on conclusive research, it seems that CBD is providing promising relief to people who need it.