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Using cannabis and CBD for Mood Disorders

Life is a roller coaster of emotion. One day, you might feel at the top of the world because of a high-profile promotion or an awesome test grade.

Another day, you might feel unhappy due to relationship issues, financial difficulties, or even a flat tire on your way to work,

These are ordinary mood variations that occur. You can develop mood disorders when your mood is beginning to affect your daily activities and personal, academic and professional connections.

According to the 2005 National Comorbidity Survey-Replication study, about 20.9 million American adults, or 9.5 percent of the population ages 18 and older, have mood disorders.

What is a Mood Disorder?

Mood disorders, also called mood psychological disorders, are a class of conditions in which mood instability is the main characteristic. Although there are many different subtypes, there are three main stages of mood disorder: depressed, bipolar and manic.

Major depressive (MDD) disorder, commonly referred to as major depression, unipolar or clinical depression, in which a person has one or more major depressive episodes. The major depressive (single episode) disorder would be diagnosed after one single episode. After more than one episode, the diagnosis becomes Major Depressive Disorder (Recurrent).

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood, energy levels, and overall behavior. When someone has bipolar disorder, they tend to struggle with mania, which is brief periods of high energy and elevated mood, followed by bouts of depression, oversleeping and increased irritability.

Manic-depression is an alternating mood of abnormal highs (mania) and lows (depression). A type of depressive disease. Not almost as severe as other forms of depression. The mood switches are sometimes dramatic and quick but are usually gradual. Mania often affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment.


  •  Prolonged sadness or unexplained cries.
  • Major changes in sleep and appetite habits.
  • Irritation, anger, anxiety, restlessness, anguish.
  • Pessimism, indifference.
  • Loss of energy, persistent lethargy.
  • Feelings of guilt, loss of interest.
  • Inability to concentrate, uncertainty.

How Cannabis Can Help Relieve the Symptoms of Mood Disorder

A mood disorder can feel overwhelming, but it is treatable which leads people to ask, “Does cannabis cure bipolar disorder?” Currently, there are no clinical tests that can show that marijuana is capable of treating bipolar disorder.

However, some people still attempt this treatment method.

Numerous anecdotal reports state that marijuana helps bipolar disorder. Marijuana essentially slows down the brain, which is why people with bipolar disorder may choose cannabis to help alleviate stress, anxiety and manic symptoms. Cannabis may appear as a good alternative to ineffective prescription medicines. Several California marijuana dispensary patients reported interviews by Psychiatry Advisor that cannabis helps to reduce the frequency of moods, driven thoughts, and fearful feelings that make their daily life easier to deal with.

The safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana are still being debated by Americans. Many people point out that medical marijuana and bipolar disorder are not being investigated. While others think that anecdotal evidence is sufficient and that medical marijuana is a useful way of treating bipolar disorder.

The evidence is definitely mixed and it is completely not clear whether cannabis would or would not benefit somebody who has a mental illness.

Some researchers suspect that it will eventually lead to a unique person’s reactions similar to the different psychiatric drugs that each individual reacts differently. Well-done research shows that some people will benefit from marijuana while it may not help others. But how to find out which group you fall is still a practice for future research.

It may take a couple more years before the benefits and disadvantages of medical marijuana for mental disorders are understood more concretely.

You may do this until then if you feel comfortable, but you should always contact your doctor or mental health professionals before you try any medication.

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Data Last Updated 03/16/2020