A first search on Google shows this:
“Current medical marijuana laws in most American states say that only a few physical and mental health conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment. According to a report from 2017, bipolar disorder is not considered a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in any state.Aug 9, 2021”
A search on Bing resulted in:
“Bipolar Disorder Medical Marijuana Card. Bipolar Disorders is NOT one of the qualifying conditions in Oregon that allows you to obtain your medical marijuana card. “
We can take these excerpts as a NO. Bipolar is not listed as a qualifying disability for getting a medical cannabis card in any state.
But, should it?
OK, so anecdotally I have been using cannabis to treat my symptoms of bipolar disorder:
- Bipolar Depression is improved by boosting mood
- PTSD bad dreams don’t happen during sleep
- Anxiety is calmed by the soothing effect of marijuana
- Sleeplessness is squashed by the sleepy feeling you get smoking weed
For me the reward outweighs the risk.
Let’s ask some other questions since depression is part of being bipolar and I also have PTSD.
Can you get a medical marijuana card with depression?
“Now less stigmatized and more widely available, medical cannabis is being used to treat a range of health conditions, including depression and anxiety. Both depressive disorders and anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions.Jun 23, 2021”
“If you live under the weight of major depression, don’t use pot to self-medicate. Some states are allowing those with this condition to qualify for a medical marijuana card. This means you can get the cannabis medications you need under the supervision of a qualified physician.”
Can you get a medical marijuana card with PTSD?
“PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is the number one qualifying medical condition for patients qualified for marijuana treatment, said Christopher Ferguson, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use.Feb 16, 2021”
“One study looked at patients who signed up for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program. New Mexico was the first state to include PTSD as a condition eligible for medical marijuana. The study aimed to analyze the effectiveness of medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.”
YES, You can get a medical card for diagnoses of Depression and PTSD.
What is the reason that Bipolar disorder doesn’t qualify for a medical card in all states?
Fear that smoking weed will trigger manic episodes and psychosis.
Here are some other articles that discuss the pros and cons of cannabis treatment for bipolar disorder.
For a balanced view on this topic you can read Bipolar and Cannabis Marijuana: A Balanced Perspective on 420
In this article, Julie suggests that the THC in cannabis can trigger psychosis and/or mania. But what she also says is that CBD which is also part of some strains could be beneficial. The problem is that most recreational marijuana is high in THC and low on CBD.
DocMJ has a detailed article about whether those with Bipolar can get a Cannabis card in Florida and whether they should. It also has a definition of bipolar and its symptoms. Click here to read the full article.
The jury is still out on whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing to smoke weed if you are bipolar. Up to you. I have not had any manic or psychotic triggers due to pot.