How does cannabis affect people with borderline personality disorder?
Cannabis can help treat the symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood swings, suicidal ideation. These are all pretty common afflictions those with BPD struggle with. A lot more research needs to be done in order for anyone to specifically be able to tell you what strains are helpful for what, how much you should use, and any possible negative side effects of usage. If you are like me, and can’t wait for the scientific community to get of their ass and realize the potential of this miracle plant, you are stuck using trial and error.
Certain strains can exacerbate certain conditions in certain people, and when you are BPD, that is certainly not what you want. Any sort of mood swing can ruin your whole day very quickly. With that being said, the possible relief and benefits of using the plant effectively are enormous and I personally have found it worth the risk.
I have found certain strains ease all of these symptoms perfectly, but as with pharmaceuticals, everyone responds to certain strains differently. There is however a fairly decent amount of information on specific strains, and their possible medicinal benefits online on websites like Leafly. The information is far from perfect, but it is certainly a helpful resource for someone who needs a starting point from which to start experimenting.
There is tremendous relief of certain common comorbid conditions for those that suffer from BPD to be found in cannabis. There is not enough information presently to specifically tell you what, and how much so a decent amount of trial and error is necessary. Of course the same could be said for the vast majority of psychotropic drugs that have been approved by the FDA, and the possible negative side effects of cannabis are far less severe IMHO.
I have borderline pd, and I use Marijuana to treat some of my symptoms. I am self aware enough to realize (most of the time) when I am headed toward a reckless, anxious, unreasonable, or depressed period. Depending on the situation, I will smoke some weed to help keep myself in check. Especially when I am preparing for a social situation, which I find to be particularly stressful.
As another comment mentions, there are diffrence in the types of plant. Sativa dominant and indica are the two strains. I’ve read that there is only sativa dominant type left because the true sativa went extinct a long time ago. In my experience, indica is the body high. Indica is the one that will have you melted on the couch, slow thinking, with nothing to say for yourself other than ‘duuuude, got any pop tarts?’. It is most effective in treating pain. Sativa is more of a head high. Some sativa can seem to give you more energy, it tends to awaken creativity, and is not likely to affect your overall cognitive ability negatively. It may slow you down a bit, but that’s most likely because you’ll be noticing everything, big or small, and pausing to feel good about it. Eg ‘oh, wow, what an awesome flower! Cool, look at that cloud! Doesn’t that tree look happy? All straight and tall on top of that hill, that’s a happy tree.’
I stick to my sativa as strictly as I can for treatment of my borderline symptoms. I also feel it makes me a much more patient parent. Speaking of which, I just told my 2 year old he cant watch TV, oh boy. Time to put my happy face on.
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