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Cannabinoids in Bipolar Affective Disorder

To control Bipolar Affective Disorder, physicians prescribe various drugs to control the disorder.  Unfortunately, prescribed drugs do not always control the disorder as the physician and/or the patient may think.  Some Bipolar Affective Disorder patients use cannabis to assist in alleviating their symptoms of both depression and mania.  A review of patients who use cannabis with this disorder and it is suggested that the neuropharmacological properties found in cannabinoids appear to have therapeutic effects. {{{o}}}

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Even though it has been documented that some bipolar patients have stated cannabinoids relieve mania and/or depression symptoms, there have been no studies done of cannabinoids and patients with bipolar disorder.  Since cannabinoids THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) may cause effects such as hypnotic, anti-depressant or anti-psychotic pure synthetic cannabinoids or a mixture of are now prescribed in certain cases.  Cannabinoids by themselves or a mixture of dronabinol, nabilone and/or other plant extracts that contain THC or CBD can be administered sublingually.

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