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Can medical marijuana help ptsd & depression?

Can medical marijuana help ptsd & depression?

Caution: Although some individuals may have a positive response- there can be marked worsening of symptoms in others. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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Can medical marijuana help seizures?

Can medical marijuana help seizures?

Not Enough Evidence: Marijuana contains many cannabis compounds which differ in convulsants and anticonvulsant properties. There are also unknown properties of marijuana. Further research is needed to determine the effectiveness and side effects of cannabis as an anti-seizure drug. ...Read more

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Thought medical marijuana for serious illness like cancer. Saw a cnn episode in california where md's were prescribing for anxiety & insomnia. Abuse?

Thought medical marijuana for serious illness like cancer. Saw a cnn episode in california where md's were prescribing for anxiety & insomnia. Abuse?

quandary!: As a california physician, this alarms me. To my knowledge, these are not evidence-based practices. Just because a substance is legal, it does not make it a safe medical agent. Marajuana is associated with potentially permanent harmful brain changes that have been clinically determined only to be worth the risk for patients with terminal cancer or severe, treatment refractory pain conditions. ...Read more

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I'm curious about marijuana and depression. Can marijuana cause depression?

I'm curious about marijuana and depression. Can marijuana cause depression?

Some research suggests that marijuana smokers are diagnosed with depression more often than nonsmokers are — particularly regular or heavy marijuana users: However, it doesn't appear that marijuana directly causes depression. It's likely that the genetic, environmental or other factors that trigger depression also lead to marijuana use. Some people with depression may use marijuana as a way to detach from their depressive symptoms. Heavy users may appear depressed as a result of the dulling effects of the drug on feelings and emotions. There also are links between marijuana and other mental health conditions. Marijuana use may trigger schizophrenia or detachment from reality (psychosis) in people who are at higher risk of psychosis. The symptoms of diagnosed psychotic illness may be aggravated if marijuana use continues. There also is some evidence that teenagers who attempt suicide may be more likely to have used marijuana than those who have not made an attempt. As with marijuana use and depression, more research is needed to better understand these associations. The bottom line: Marijuana use and depression accompany each other more often than you might expect by chance, but there's no clear evidence that marijuana directly causes depression. ...Read more

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Does medical marijuana help with insomnia?

Does medical marijuana help with insomnia?

No: Substance abuse (either the substances, withdrawal symptoms from the substances, or both) can cause insomnia. The neurological / psychiatric conditions that lead a person to substance abuse are often conditions that can cause insomnia. ...Read more

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Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax (alprazolam) for axiety and panic attacks?

Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax (alprazolam) for axiety and panic attacks?

See below: It also depends on how often you use the meds. My rule of thumb is that two episodes of use per week is reasonable. However, there is still a danger of igniting heavier use even with this regimen. ...Read more

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Can one fully recover from meth psychosis, or will some negative personality traits stay? Long term drug abuser with bipolar in family history.

Can one fully recover from meth psychosis, or will some negative personality traits stay? Long term drug abuser with bipolar in family history.

Drug abuse: With professional help and great personal commitment, it's possible to recover from meth addiction and psychosis. However, pre-existing personality issues and possible bipolar disorder will still need to be addressed. It's not just a matter of stopping the meth -- it was the person's attempt to deal with problems, so new methods will be needed. Ongoing 12 step programs can be essential. ...Read more

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Wellbutrin150mg and marijuana cause seizures on person with Anxiety desorder?

Wellbutrin150mg and marijuana cause seizures on person with Anxiety desorder?

Very unlikely but: Wellbutrin (bupropion) causes seizures in about 1 in 1000 people who take 300 mg or less. The incidence of seizures increases with higher doses. Marijuana actually reduces risk of seizures. Many people who suffer from seizures poorly controlled by drugs finds marijuana often helps them far better than meds. If someone on 150 mg of Wellbutin & marijuana has a seizure it's probably not caused by taking them. ...Read more

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Can medical marijuana help with anxiety?

Can medical marijuana help with anxiety?

Not the answer: Research is lacking, but though marijuana can ameliorate anxiety, it cannot do so in a way that renders patients functional. The goal of treatment of anxiety (or any psych disorder) is to alleviate distress of the symptom(s) and restore the patient to previous level of functioning. Marijuana is too impairing to functioning to be a viable treatment option. ...Read more

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Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Can't say: Unfortunately, very little reliable, peer reviewed research has been done regarding the safety and efficacy of marijuana for anything, despite the long list list of conditions for which it has allegedly been helpful. My own guess it that it is not likely to be helpful, since it clouds thinking, and is difficult to dose properly, resulting in an under or overdose. Stick with more proven therapies ...Read more

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How serious are bipolar and ADHD disorders combined?

How serious are bipolar and ADHD disorders combined?

Depends: That's called being "comorbid." comorbidities must be treated simultaneously, but cautiously, for either to improve. Meds for adhd can impact bpd, & vice versa. It's a walk in a mine field but can be done. Having both is not as nice as having only one, but bpd is often comorbid with adhd, although not so much the other way around. ...Read more

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I have glaucoma, anxiety, stress, insomnia and mood disorders... Should i start smoking marijuana?

I have glaucoma, anxiety, stress, insomnia and mood disorders... Should i start smoking marijuana?

Hmm no: Talk to your eye doc about tx options. In the long run mj may worsen your anxiety & depression, altho in the short run it may feel like its helping since you stop worrying about your probs. Not dealing with issues rarely helps! mj may decrease rem sleep that is needed for good quality sleep. Who dx'd you w/ anxiety/depression? I think you should consider counseling and avoid self DX and tx! ...Read more

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Do mental illness exist? Saw various documentaries that psychiatry and psychiatric drugs are all fraud? Planned to visit psychiatrist but now confused

Do mental illness exist? Saw various documentaries that psychiatry and psychiatric drugs are all fraud? Planned to visit psychiatrist but now confused

Yes: Mental illness certainly exists. People suffer every day. There are helpful forms of treatment and thank goodness. Shame on anyone who leads you in the direction of not reaching out for help if you need help. It is important to find the right treater for your needs. Your primary care doctor might be able to help with that. Take care of yourself. ...Read more

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Will Medical Marijuana CBD strain with no THC help for anxiety/depression caused by lymphoma and chemotherapy treatment? No luck with ssri and benzos

Will Medical Marijuana CBD strain with no THC help for anxiety/depression caused by lymphoma and chemotherapy treatment? No luck with ssri and benzos

It could : Dear Cesar: yes, CBD could help with anxiety although THC could also help with mild depressive symptoms. There are no clear guidelines here and you will have to try different mixes. There is a brand called care by design (CBD) that makes sprays with different percentages of CBD/THC. I usually recommend my patients to try both CBD and THC and see what works for them. All the best, Ariel. ...Read more

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What qualifies people for medical marijuana?

What qualifies people for medical marijuana?

Different by State: Each state that has med marijuana laws has different conditions for which weed can be prescribed. Interestingly, Colorado, which has both recreational AND med marijuana laws, recently voted AGAINST medical marijuana for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Here is a list you may find useful: http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/resources/illnesses-treatable ...Read more

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Can there be any inpatient psychatric help for someone who is bipolar and unemployed?

Depends: Inpatient psychiatric is expensive, and simple mental illness and unemployment would likely not be enough to meet hospital criteria. Community mental health centers offer low cost or free services, have support groups and will usually assess for medication, needs for inpatient or outpatient treatment, and may help with social work services. Vocational rehabilitation state services may also help. ...Read more

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In what ways are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder related to substance abuse? Why?

In what ways are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder related to substance abuse? Why?

Research has shown..: Schizophrenia seems to be linked to cigarette smoking substance abuse because the nicotine affects the nerves in the auditory processing centers of the brain and may reduce the feelings of hearing voices inside the head. ...Read more

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Medical Marijuana (Definition)

It is the parts of the herb cannabis used as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy or as synthetic forms such as thc. Some uses are; to ameliorate nausea/vomiting, to stimulate hunger in aids or chemotherapy patients, to treat glaucoma, neurogenic ...Read more


Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more