If I'm bipolar and use marijuana will this make my condition better or worse?

by HelloMD

So far, I've used pot successfully to deal with my anxiety and insomnia.


Answer - Doctor Mark Edmunds

This is a difficult question to answer, because their is little research that has been done on the topic. The presentation and severity of bipolar disorder is highly variable, as are the treatment effects of cannabis. Anecdotally, there are a lot of patients with bipolar disorder that use cannabis for mood stabilization. On the other hand, one small study indicated that cannabis increased manic and depressive symptoms. If you are considering cannabis therapy, you may want to keep a journal to document your moods, activities, and timing of treatment, so that you will have a means of determining if it is helpful for you, or not.