5 Best Cannabis Strains for Bipolar Disorder [2019]

Learn which strains have the best potential to help
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 2, 2019

Best Marijuana Strains for Bipolar Disorder

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)

Blue Dream 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)

Headband Cannabis Strain Review

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.

  1. Joe Harkis
    medical marijuana laws need to change - it should be used to treat mental disorders too!

    This is bullshit. It’s not even legal where I live. I suffer from mental disorders and can’t even function in life. I am 24 years old and I used to smoke marijuana even though its illegal where I live. I had to see doctors who put me on all this bullshit psyche meds that messed me up more. I don’t understand psychologists who act like they know everything. These people make me sick. I attempted suicide 2-3 times when on these damn meds. Was in the psyche ward 2 times because of all the experimentation with that crap. Pot is the answer! But running out sucks. I guess its like any other medicine. You may have withdrawal symptoms or stopping cold turkey may have its downside like any other psyche med. I don’t know why its illegal though. It’s medically legal but it seems they can only use it to treat physical ailments. I guess I’ll just suffer in my mind for life which is bull. For gods sake I can’t even hold a job because I am severely depressed. Pot is enough to get me back. It is enough to get my motivation going again. I remember going to work stoned. They didn’t even care or realize at work. The only reason I stopped is because I got no trust no more. Can’t trust dealers on the street these days. They rip me off. They probably lace it. Shit, I don’t know… All I know is that marijuana should just be like cigarettes. The baby boomers have there tobacco to calm them down, why can’t the millennials have our weed? I get that it makes us high. But whats with all the different strands, kush and even Reggie? I need something to calm my ass down. Turning to alcohol ain’t a solution anymore. It’s worse. I am dying everyday. I feel like a zombie. I just need something. Marijuana is the medicine of the world. Doctors need to quit acting like they know it. They didn’t try it. How you know about it? Just try it!

  2. Samantha Rose
    Drowned Myself

    It is really bad, and difficult to handle. I have started using Lamb’s Bread now and I am always lost in my own world. My condition was so bad, I could take it no longer and so I have immersed myself in this world of marijuana which is blissful. I don’t know if it the medicinal value, or the euphoric effect of this weed, I take so much and so frequently, that I have no time now to evaluate my condition, or feel the pain of it.

  3. Joey Patel
    Headband FTW!

    I suffer from Panic Disorder and Mood Disorder NOS (possible undiagnosed BPII). Headband has been awesome at almost-nearly leveling-out my mood throughout day and later fighting insomnia and nightmares. This is still a very good strain if you can tolerate a little “side effect” at your temples that it’s named after.

  4. Kailee
    ATF Dosage

    I dunno about ATF… I love it so much, but with certain mental health states, the come down is so intense, it created multiple panic attacks for me… Dosage is key with ATF.

  5. Jonny
    Weed has become my first line of treatment for bipolar disorder

    I’m so happy to see this being talked about. I’m diagnosed bipolar 1 and have tried Seroquel, Seroquel XR, Lithium Carbonate, Rexulti, and Latuda with little to no help. Most of these meds gave me severely unsavory side effects, chiefly the Latuda (I literally felt like I had sunk into hell and was void of every good feeling I had ever had).

    I ended up in the pysch hospital last spring after a break up, and the intake specialist on my case saw that I had marijuana levels in my urinalysis and proceeded to lecture me on the “dangers of marijuana”, including that it could “turn your bipolar into schizophrenia” (something there is absolutely no empirical evidence to suggest). I got scared, obviously, and since they had taken my phone away from me during my treatment I couldn’t look for any medical journals on the matter.

    Upon my release, I began my research. I had always known that weed helped me with certain parts of my cycle, particularly managing aggressive tendencies in mania, but at the time I didn’t realize how, with a little strategy and education, it would be a huge part of my ‘bipolar tool kit’.

    After my reaction to the Latuda, I made the decision (upon speaking it over with my therapist) to try medical marijuana for my bipolar treatment plan, apart from any other prescription based pharmaceuticals.

    It takes a LOT of diligence and mindfulness on my part, but my mental health and symptom management has NEVER BEEN BETTER. I lean towards sativa-dominant strains in the winter when I experience mostly depression and fatigue, and indica-dominant strains in the summer when I need to curb the mania and slow down a bit. I’ve also been diligent to mood journal about 6-12 times a day. I use an app called Daylio on my phone that lets me customize the moods and activities associated with that current mood. I’ve found this data extremely helpful in identifying and addressing patterns.

    Here are a few other things I have found exceptionally helpful that are also a part of my ‘bipolar tool kit’. I hope that whoever is reading this can find them helpful!

    *Lithium Orotate: an over-the-counter form of lithium that, since its delivery method is highly effective, doesn’t have large amounts of elemental lithium, so there’s no reported cases of lithium toxicity. As opposed to the carbonate form prescribed to treat mania, the orotate can pass through the blood/brain barrier with ease. I use this daily as a mood stabilizer, and take a little extra if I realize I’m rapid cycling (it only takes me about 15 minutes for it to kick in and bring me out of rapid cycling).

    *Meditation: about a year ago, I committed to a daily meditation practice using the apps Headspace and Insight Timer. Meditation can be helpful in the short term to reduce anxiety, but there’s actually some bigger benefits to having it as a daily routine; notably that it has been proven to increase gray matter in the prefrontal cortex, as well as de-signal stimulation of the amygdala (the flight or fight response of the brain; often the culprit of manic episodes).

    *Essential oils: I also have fibromyalgia, so the reason I started using essential oils was to help with muscle and joint pain, but I’ve found that they have also greatly helped calm my mind. Particularly eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree. I diffuse one of those in the morning as I do my mediation and yoga.

    *Low carb, high protein diet: I started keeping track of my macronutrients with an app called Evolve and immediately noticed that on days when my carbs are over about 175 grams, I experience anxiety and irritability. This is important to note, as during mania most people CRAVE carbs due to the excessive amounts of energy being used up by the brain. In turn, this can create a perpetuating cycle of binging on carbs > becoming anxious and irritable > eating more carbs to feel ‘good’. I try to stay away from as much processed food as possible, aside from protein shakes, and the carbs I do eat are largely from whole foods: rice, vegetables, oatmeal, couscous, etc.

    *Talk therapy: a licensed psychologist is ideal, but I understand that not everyone is in a position to be able to afford one, so whether its a good friend, family member, or spiritual advisor, processing your treatment progress out loud is highly invaluable for symptom management. The nature of many bipolar folks, because of the affect of the cycle, is to socially isolate themselves either out of shame, guilt, or hurt. This is very counter-productive as emotionally healing, in my experience, is optimally found in the context of community.

    All of this to say…. if you have bipolar, and are considering the decision to pursue marijuana for treatment, it can be VERY effective, but it requires a lot of work and attention to detail on your part. You must take full responsibility for the condition and learn as much as you can. This holistic approach has worked so well for me and my family and I wouldn’t change a thing. There’s hope! Also, I mean, I get to smoke weed every day so…

    1. Jenae
      I need a direction

      My husband was just diagnosed as Bipolar 1. He’s been manic for a week. Its a bit outta my realm of understanding and were still in the early stages. I’m having a hard time finding support and answers or a direction to start on my end. The comment posted by Jonny is the most clear answers Ive gotten. I would like to know if anyone knows of strains with less THC more CBD that would work for him. Sativa always give him anxiety so more CBD less THC? Thanks ahead of time to anyone who reads this.

    2. Tony
      Marijuana is a good answer to bipolar

      I love what you said and it makes total sense thank you for sharing about your bipolar experience I suffer from bipolar did PTSD and having very good luck with cannabis leading the way thank you for your information May there always be peace in your life

    3. Alejandra Roman

      I want know about your treatment, routine, sounds interesting 🙃

  6. Susan
    Weed as a complementary treatment for my bipolar II

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II well over 20 years ago and have been smoking weed for 48 years. I was on multiple medications that were ineffective with nasty side effects. Eight years ago I discontinued all but Lithium and maintained my weed intake. Since then I have gone the longest ever without decompensating or requiring hospitalization. I find a good sativa works best for me. I now actually enjoy a far more satisfying and productive life.

  7. Jamie Lowe

    I have suffered from Bipolar for 4 years now, and I have never read anything about cannabis helping – thank you guys so much. I tried for the first time number 4 last week, and it has helped immeasurably with my symptoms! I have never felt so levelled. Thank you!

    1. Tony
      Marijuana save me from a full-on stroke

      I use candyland and green crack and it works wonderful on my bipolar problems check that one out for sure I’m 55 years old. I had a stroke before my 55th birthday and marijuana is what saved my life I can walk and talk again

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