What effect does marijuana have on BP?
Q: My P-doctor found your site and thinks he may now have a diagnosis
I would like to know what, if any, effect smoking cannabis (1x"joint"
Dear George --
For some people, one joint a day can interfere with getting life on track; e.g. motivated to solve persistent problems. I'm not sure if it has any more specific negative effect in bipolar folks. Some psychiatrists would probably be more adamant about the need to stop; I just tell people to figure it out for themselves -- stop for a while so you can see what things look like, then resume cautiously if you want to
As for Grandpa, the caffeine is another common "self-medication": people use caffeine in several forms to treat their profound fatigue that is associated (usually) with the "depressed" phases of bipolar disorder. I'm not sure what 9Paractamol is; and aspirin probably doesn't affect things one way or the other, except that we usually recommend it not be used with Depakote as the latter can decrease blood platelets somewhat (the blood cell fragments that make blood clots) and aspirin interferes with clot formation a little, so the two of them can cause a problem neither one alone would cause. On the other hand, if you take lithium we tell folks not to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Motrin (ibuprofen); so sometimes it can seem like there's only Tylenol (acetominophen) left to treat headaches and stuff.