Cannabis and Bipolar

More than half of people with bipolar will qualify for a substance use disorder diagnosis at some point. In many places, the most popular drug (other than alcohol) in people with bipolar is cannabis. People with bipolar are almost 7 times as likely to use cannabis than the general population. In the United States, many states have legalized cannabis for medical indications, and two states have legalized its recreational use. …

Medical Marijuana

20 states have laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana, but what is the evidence for the medical effectiveness of marijuana? An exhaustive review of the topic just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that, overall, the evidence for marijuana’s effectiveness is quite poor. And while many of my younger patients tell me that the problem …