Bipolar disorder was once known as manic depression, and it is a condition that causes extreme mood swings. If you have this issue, you experience episodes of depression and mania. You could feasibly go from feeling extremely downbeat and lethargic to energetic and overactive. One of the most frightening aspects of bipolar disorder is how quickly a patient can shift from one state of mind to another.
It is a condition that has a profound effect on everyday life and, at present, there is no known cure. There are a variety of treatment options available including therapy and medication to either prevent episodes of extreme behavior or treat them once they occur. It has recently been suggested that marijuana could be a viable treatment for bipolar disorder. This is promising news for the 2.6% of Americans who have the condition.
Keep reading to discover the five best marijuana strains for the condition.
1 – Blue Dream (Go California Dreaming with This Marijuana Strain)
This sativa-dominant hybrid (60%) contains 17-24% THC with a small level of CBD. It was first used as medical marijuana in California, and the cross of a Blueberry Indica with Super Silver Haze is known as the ideal strain for elevating your mood. The happy and relaxed feeling it provides means that Blue Dream is now a recreational favorite, too.
While it contains a reasonable amount of THC at up to 24%, it isn’t normally used as a means of getting completely stoned. Instead, users prefer to chill out and enjoy the calming full-body relaxation provided by this sumptuous strain. Blue Dream offers some cerebral action, too, and is a nice way to start the day.
Users report becoming more creative, and the floaty state it induces is extremely pleasurable for bipolar patients who are currently experiencing a severe ‘down’ spell. Its blueberry background means you get to enjoy a gorgeous berry hue, and alongside its sweet berry taste comes a touch of sourness.
2 – Lamb’s Bread (The Pungent Marijuana Strain)
The main problem with Lamb’s Bread cannabis is that you’re not likely to enjoy a clandestine smoke! It provides a powerful, sweet cheese aroma which is practically impossible to disguise. That’s not to say it is an unpleasant smell – it’s far from it! However, the sour undertones fill a room, so if you need a secretive smoke, make sure you take your Lamb’s Bread FAR away from an inhabited area.
This marijuana strain comes from Jamaica and is almost entirely sativa (95%). With a THC content of up to 25%, Lamb’s Bread is not for neophytes. It is rumoured that Bob Marley classified it as one of his favorites, which is a ringing endorsement for sure.
Lamb’s Bread is an outstanding daytime smoke, and its proponents champion it as the ‘perfect smoke.’ Take it in the morning if you are feeling short of energy or motivation. Soon enough, it will provide you with a potent sense of positivity and will improve your productivity. As it is almost pure sativa, Lamb’s Bread is recommended as a mood lifter in medicinal marijuana circles.
3 – Headband (The Brain Fog Marijuana Strain)
Sometimes, we all just want to forget our troubles and feel at peace. This is especially the case for individuals with bipolar disorder. Perhaps this is why the Headband cannabis strain is becoming such a popular strain amongst people with a mental illness. It is an indica-dominant strain (60%) with a THC content of up to 27%. Even ‘weak’ versions of the strain have 20%+ THC, so tread carefully.
The strain gets its name from the intense brain fog it can cause. After a smoke, it feels as if your head is wrapped in something and it is an ideal way to put your mind at ease for a short while. Headband is a cross of Sour Diesel and OG Kush, and once you get used to the unusual cerebral feeling, you will fall in love with this strain. It offers a 2-3 hour high and eliminates stressful thoughts.
There is more than a hint of lemon from this strain, along with a diesel undertone. Headband rewards users with a fantastic citrus flavor that is tangy and refreshing. Even so, there is also a slightly creamy aftertaste which is unusual but exceedingly pleasant.
4 – Alaskan Thunderf*** (The Mysterious Marijuana Strain)
This is an unusual strain, and its origins are as intriguing and shrouded in mystery as that of a spy from a particularly compelling fictional novel. Apparently, Alaskan Thunderf*** was created by crossing a Russian ruderalis with a North American sativa. During the 1970s, someone added Afghani genetics to the pot to create a bizarre yet wonderful strain. It is a 50/50 hybrid with a THC content of up to 23%.
Although its THC content isn’t as high as strains on the top end, it is known for its potency, hence the name! Within minutes of using Alaskan Thunderf***, you will experience a mind-blowing cerebral high that lifts your mood immediately. Suffice to say, you will want to grab life by the nuts after a smoke of this beauty!
It is known for being an easy smoke that doesn’t cause coughing fits. The skunk and diesel aroma isn’t the most alluring, but it is a flavorful strain. You should get hints of citrus and even banana as you smoke, along with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. If you’re a newcomer to the world of weed, we recommend that you use a small amount of Alaskan Thunderf*** first to get used to its power.
5 – Maui Wowie (The Exotic Marijuana Strain)
As you can probably tell from the name, Maui Wowie comes from the Hawaiian island of Maui. It comes from a sativa native to the islands, which is why it is a sativa-dominant hybrid (80%). Its THC content of approximately 20% means it is a strain to be respected but not feared.
If you’ve never been to Hawaii, a smoke of Maui Wowie should help you imagine what it’s like to be happy and relaxed on a tropical island. It helps you achieve a euphoric state combined with a burst of energy that lasts for a few hours. The cerebral high helps you focus and boosts creativity.
You get the full tropical island experience with this strain when it comes to its scent and taste. The sweet, citrus smell is a joy to behold and is topped only by the glorious creamy taste that provides hints of delicious fresh pineapple. It is ideal for patients with PTSD or bipolar disorder because it helps them unwind and feel at peace.
Final Thoughts on the Best Marijuana Strains for Bipolar Disorder
Research into weed’s effect on bipolar disorder is still in its infancy, but it is hoped that the herb can improve a patient’s general demeanor. The main issue is whether or not strains with high levels of THC will only serve to increase a sense of paranoia. It is up to researchers to figure out if this is the case or whether cannabis is suitable for use. Ultimately, an increasing number of bipolar patients are choosing weed because they feel as if there is nowhere else for them to turn.