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Bipolar Disorder for MMJ

Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana Usage and Applications' started by birdcheep, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

    anyways..

    i live in northern california and was wondering if i could get a Prop 215 card for this?

    I was also wondering how i should go about doing this ( if possible. )

    thanks for any input it is much appreciated.
     
  2. Fron what I understand you can get a card and you should talk to your treatment specialist about how to go about it.

    My son's mother is Bipolar and often uses cannabis. I find indicas seem to be more effective than sativas. sativas seem to make her more manic, whereas indicas seem to calm her down more.

    Talk to your treatment specialist and get all the details b/c you should be able to get a card.

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  3. I am sort of hesitant to bring up MMJ to my doctor because i dont know what to expect as her response, do most doctors respond well to the idea of MMJ?
     

  4. Worse case scenario they will tell ya they do not believe that marijuana is a proper treatment and they then tell you which treatment they do feel is appropriate. At that point, you go find a different doctor. :wave: **Research the docs in your area who are known to support the use of medical marijuana**
     
  5. ok. Thanks alot yoyo and less. :)
     
  6. It depends on how open minded your treatment specialist is. My girlfriend has been on numerous medications trying to find that actually works. There are many drugs for bipolar disorder and all of them have different effects depending on the person.

    Mj is consistent and works to a point. It all depends on your personal case. Working w/ bipolar support groups and such have taught me that no 2 bipolar cases are the same. It seems to effect people differently and different medications can help or make it worse.

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  7. If every case is different, how do they determine someone is bipolar?
     
  8. Different types of Bipolar:
    http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-forms

    I remember reading a while back different stories. It helps with some and makes it worse in others. It seems that you already smoke marijuana frequently and if it seems to help then talk to your doctor about it. Be completely honest about your marijuana use with your doctor. If your current doctor will not write a recommendation then you will have to find a different doctor.

    Hope that helps:wave:
     

  9. OK, PLEASE, that is the WRONG information to give to someone looking for a MMJ recommendation in California.

    In California you need to go to a doctor who SPECIALIZES in recommending Medical Marijuana. Your GPs and even specialists WILL NOT typically recommend MMJ, even if they DO, they aren't set up to do so. There are special forms and laws that doctors need to be aware of when they recommend MMJ and most regular GPs and mental health specialists aren't familiar with either.

    Additionally, any doctor that takes health insurance typically won't recommend anyway, because they don't get PAID for recommending MMJ over prescribing drugs. Also no health insurance company will cover MMJ at this point in time.
     
  10. #10 Storm Crow, Feb 13, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 13, 2009
    Granny's advice-

    Print the studies up. Show them to your doctor. Try to persuade her. Any doctor who can prescribe medications CAN give you a recommendation, but likely won't.

    A note from the doctor (even one that is hand-written), not some special form, is all that is needed. (There is NOTHING to be "set up" for recommending MMJ- that's just MMJ clinic BS, trying to get you to go to them.) Even an ORAL recommendation from a doctor is allowed! (SB 420- Leg. Counsel's digest- from paragraph 1- "personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician". BUT then if you get busted, you have to haul the doc into court to testify and it's a bummer.

    If she doesn't "see the light", then you grab your pill bottles and head to one of the guys listed here- http://www.canorml.org/prop/215physicians.html The pills will provide all the verification the docs will need.

    As for the cards, there are two types- NEITHER is necessary!

    There are the club cards- good only at that club/dispensary. If they get busted, the feds have your info. I don't have one.

    There are the county cards. They are a good buy if you are a "cop magnet" and trust your local government. I don't have one.

    I do have a photocopy of my rec on the inside of the door of my grow closet and a half-sized copy hidden in my purse. The originals are stashed in two different places.

    The Use of Cannabis as a Mood Stabilizer in Bipolar Disorder: Anecdotal Evidence and the Need for Clinical Research
    http://www.ukcia.org/research/TheUseofCannabisasaMoodStabilizerinBipolarDisorder.html

    Cannabinoids in bipolar affective disorder: a review and discussion of their therapeutic potential.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15888515?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000,f1000m,isrctn

    Cannabis in bipolar
    http://www.pendulum.org/bpnews/archive/001628.html

    Recipe For Trouble (anecdotal)
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/03/05/48hours/main503022.shtml

    The effect of extreme marijuana use on the long-term course of bipolar I illness: a single case study.
    http://www.cannabis-med.org/studies/ww_en_db_study_show.php?s_id=247


    Good luck, hon-

    Granny :wave:
     

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