Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder in which patients experience extreme and abnormal shifts in mood and energy levels. Patients typically shift from periods of intense elation and optimism to utter despair and depression. Most patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder rarely stay in the emotional middle ground for very long. The condition can cause severe impairment in the person’s social and personal functions, and can even compel the sufferer toward suicide.
Marijuana may help people with bipolar disorder deal with the more damaging aspects of the disease. With judicious use of marijuana, people with bipolar disorder may be able to maintain a more even emotional bearing.