Could Cannabinoids Help People with Bipolar Disease?

THE PEARLS

[0:35] Bipolar Disease is the sixth largest cause for disability around the world.

[1:26] A lot of people use cannabinoid formulations when they’re diagnosed with bipolar disease.

[2:02] People with bipolar disease are trying to self medicate before they go to see the doctor

[2:55] It could suggest that cannabinoid formulations make people with severe disease feel better.

THE FULL TRANSCRIPTION

Could cannabinoid formulations help people who are dealing with bipolar disease?

I’m Dr. Mary Clifton. I’m the internal medicine doctor behind http://CBDandcannabisinfo.com

There are a lot of people who suffer with bipolar disease. In fact, at any one point in the United States, it’s thought that 2.6% of the population is experiencing symptoms related to their bipolar disease.

The World Health Organization notes that Bipolar Disease is the sixth largest cause for disability around the world. – Tweet this!

I’ve been talking to a number of patients who are getting a significant benefit from the use of cannabinoid formulations. It makes me wonder, if there’s any research out there to back this claim up. Because out of those 2.6% of patients who are experiencing significant bipolar disease, 82.9% are thought to be severe, which is incredibly disruptive to them, but also so disruptive to their coworkers and their families and their friends.

A lot of people use cannabinoid formulations when they’re diagnosed with bipolar disease. In fact, out of all of the psychiatric diagnoses, bipolar disease is most commonly associated with other substance use disorders where patients appear to be using alcohol or cannabinoid formulations or any other drugs at a much higher rate than other psychiatric diagnosis.

We don’t know why. We don’t know if this is because people who have bipolar disease are trying to self medicate or make them selves feel better before they finally go to see the doctor for medical management or is it possible that the substance they use actually triggers the bipolar disease?

These studies are extremely hard to develop and really tease out exactly what is happening on this timeline. It does appear that people, who are using cannabinoid formulations for managing bipolar disease, seem to have a more intense level of bipolar disease than people who aren’t regularly using cannabinoid formulations to control their symptoms.

It could suggest that cannabinoid formulations make people with severe disease feel better. – Tweet this!

But what about the research reviews? And what about patients who are hospitalized with manic episodes? Do they get worse or better, faster or slower than people who aren’t using cannabinoids before hospitalization?

I’ll answer all those questions in the upcoming videos.

DR. MARY CLIFTON

Dr. Mary Clifton is an Internal Medicine doctor with 20 years of experience in both the hospital and private practice and is a recognized expert in CBD, Cannabis, and Medical Marijuana.

She is a published researcher, national speaker on women’s health and osteoporosis, and author of four books, and two new soon-to-be-released books on CBD and Cannabis – what you need to know, how to use them and a COOKBOOK to support ease of use.