Weed 101: How and why patients use medical marijuana

Posted December 13th, 2017 by

Medical marijuana is a hot topic in the news (and here in the PatientsLikeMe community). So we took a closer look into what it is, how it works, and what members are saying about it. Take a look:

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  1. I have bipolar II. I take 1000 mg Depakote each night. Would you recommend medical marijuana in addition? I have been taking Depakote for over 30 years.

  2. I would not recommend it. Possible interactions between Depakote and marijuana- there is no clinical study that can prove it either way.

    Anecdotally, I have cyclothymia (you could call it Bipolar III) and was diagnosed and medicated AFTER I had been a 1-3 times smoker each day for 2 years. I believe it is likely marijuana had been contributing to more mood swings I was experiencing. Hence why I decided to get medication after years of fear around psych meds. I did use marjuana to tamp down when I was too high and also to feel a bit better when anxious/depressed. Works well for the former and 50/50 for the latter, in my experience.

  3. Insomnia can be troublesome if not taken care well in time. I used to have sleepless night then I got to know that cannabis can help me in getting a sound sleep which I needed the most. As using cannabis is illegal so I got my medical recommendation from onlinemedicalcard. Now, I can enjoy my favorite God’s Gift strain and keep my insomnia at bay.

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