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Medical Marijuana and Bipolar Disorder

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Mood disorders are the second top-grossing money maker for pharmaceutical companies in the world. In the United States alone only certain types of cancer combined in one category are more numerous that mood disorders. One of every four people this year will be diagnosed with a mood disorder. That's an astounding number, when given the population of the country as a whole. More and more cases of depression are diagnosed every year, and the baby boomers are beginning to develop seasonal affective disorder(or S.A.D.) or sundowner's, where the patient's mood drastically alters the minute the sun hits the horizon or isn't present in the sky due to storms or inclement weather.

Medical Marijuana and Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder and Medical Marijuana
Research has shown that some mood disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder, can run in families, with the potential to skip a generation between diagnosed cases. Beyond the known causes of chemical imbalances in the brain and the chemical transmitters not working properly between the cells of the brain, it isn't certain why some people are predisposed to bipolar disorder and others are not. Bipolar refers to the two poles of mood, similar to a battery. One is for the "positive" effects of mood and the other "negative". Usually the person with bipolar disorder has rapid swings in mood, cycling from high energy and inflated sense of self and even elation to severe depression and exhaustion that leaves them unwilling to crawl out of bed on any given day. The more rapid the cycle the more dangerous the situations for the patient with bipolar disorder as both extremes can result in death from suicides, accidents or carelessness because they think they can fly, run faster than a train, etc.
These mood cycles over the last fifty years were controlled with some very powerful drugs and even treated with electroshock therapy. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" is all about mood disorders and bipolar treatments. Half the characters in the story suffer from a mood disorder. These barbaric treatments that left patients overmedicated and over-treated led the revolution to find "safer" drugs to treat these disorders. In the last thirty years, lithium, the very dangerous substance and the same substance used to charge batteries, became available in pill form to treat bipolar disorder. Its very promising effects kept it on the market and it's still in use today despite the fact that studies have revealed that long term use of lithium damages the speech and thought processes of the brain. Patients who regularly take lithium have to have regular blood draws to check for toxic levels of the drug in their livers/systems.
Bipolar Disorder and Medical Marijuana Treatments
But these patients don't have to even start lithium, ever. The two main strains of medical marijuana, indica and sativa, can be used together or separately to treat the symptoms as the patient starts to cycle. Indica is often used to calm, alleviate anxiety, and relieve insomnia, which could be used when the patient is experiencing a high cycle and can't be bothered to come down to sleep, eat, or focus. Sativa elevates mood, and acts as a stimulant; most effective for the lows in the person with bipolar disorder. So much relief could be gained and without any harm to the body's organs or long term damage to the brain and liver through the use of medical marijuana. And the expense? Lithium tablets are several hundred to several thousand dollars a month without insurance, whereas medical marijuana is quite a bit less.
So why aren't more people with mood disorders like bipolar disorder being treated with medical marijuana? It's simple really. Either they don't live in a state that has legalized its use (like Wisconsin, where depression is rampant due to less sun all year round) or lack of information and informed choice in the states where it is legal. MarijuanaDoctors.com make a point of their entire website and their work to get the word out on the benefits medical marijuana has for so many people. They can and will help anyone find the right doctor in the right state get the prescription they need for medical marijuana control in a more natural and healthy way their bipolar or mood disorder. That's a guarantee.

Bipolar Disorder and Medical Marijuana

Research has shown that some mood disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder, can run in families, with the potential to skip a generation between diagnosed cases. Beyond the known causes of chemical imbalances in the brain and the chemical transmitters not working properly between the cells of the brain, it isn't certain why some people are predisposed to bipolar disorder and others are not. Bipolar refers to the two poles of mood, similar to a battery. One is for the "positive" effects of mood and the other "negative". Usually the person with bipolar disorder has rapid swings in mood, cycling from high energy and inflated sense of self and even elation to severe depression and exhaustion that leaves them unwilling to crawl out of bed on any given day. The more rapid the cycle the more dangerous the situations for the patient with bipolar disorder as both extremes can result in death from suicides, accidents or carelessness because they think they can fly, run faster than a train, etc.

These mood cycles over the last fifty years were controlled with some very powerful drugs and even treated with electroshock therapy. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" is all about mood disorders and bipolar treatments. Half the characters in the story suffer from a mood disorder. These barbaric treatments that left patients overmedicated and over-treated led the revolution to find "safer" drugs to treat these disorders. In the last thirty years, lithium, the very dangerous substance and the same substance used to charge batteries, became available in pill form to treat bipolar disorder. Its very promising effects kept it on the market and it's still in use today despite the fact that studies have revealed that long term use of lithium damages the speech and thought processes of the brain. Patients who regularly take lithium have to have regular blood draws to check for toxic levels of the drug in their livers/systems.

Bipolar Disorder and Medical Marijuana Treatments

But these patients don't have to even start lithium, ever. The two main strains of medical marijuana, indica and sativa, can be used together or separately to treat the symptoms as the patient starts to cycle. Indica is often used to calm, alleviate anxiety, and relieve insomnia, which could be used when the patient is experiencing a high cycle and can't be bothered to come down to sleep, eat, or focus. Sativa elevates mood, and acts as a stimulant; most effective for the lows in the person with bipolar disorder. So much relief could be gained and without any harm to the body's organs or long term damage to the brain and liver through the use of medical marijuana. And the expense? Lithium tablets are several hundred to several thousand dollars a month without insurance, whereas medical marijuana is quite a bit less.

So why aren't more people with mood disorders like bipolar disorder being treated with medical marijuana? It's simple really. Either they don't live in a state that has legalized its use (like Wisconsin, where depression is rampant due to less sun all year round) or lack of information and informed choice in the states where it is legal. MarijuanaDoctors.com make a point of their entire website and their work to get the word out on the benefits medical marijuana has for so many people. They can and will help anyone find the right doctor in the right state get the prescription they need for medical marijuana control in a more natural and healthy way their bipolar or mood disorder. That's a guarantee.

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