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Can CBD Help with Bipolar Disorder?

Sunday, November 7th 2021 10:00am 5 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that results in sharp alterations in mood, focus, and energy levels. People with bipolar disorder often have periods of high energy called manic episodes followed by depressive episodes.

Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be challenging because each individual with the disorder has a unique pattern of behaviors or mood alterations. Despite what most people believe, not all people with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings. Some may have more subtle shifts.

Doctors typically treat bipolar disorder with prescription medication. Some people are looking into whether cannabidiol (CBD) may offer an alternative. But even though evidence suggests CBD may have some health benefits for conditions like anxiety and depression, there’s still a lot that researchers don’t know.

What is CBD?

CBD is a substance called a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are found in cannabis plants. Other cannabinoids include cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD produces mild effects and no obvious “high.”

There are three types of CBD:

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