Where can I find relatively unbiased information on medicinal use of marijuana, in particular in relation to mental disorders (list follows inside)?
I'd like to hear about what medicinal marijuana can do for Asperger's Syndrome (and Autism spectrum disorders in general, out of curiosity), depression, and bipolar disorders. Those conditions make me miserable, and while I can function on Effexor and Abilify, with an occasional Adderall to kick the brain fog, I find that I only "function." I don't work well enough that I can succeed in school (I'm on probation) and although I haven't recently held down a job, I doubt I'd be with it enough to work well there, either.
I currently live in a state where there is no MMJ program, and the upcoming one will not cover mental disorders, but my family is set to move within a year (I'm 21, and I live with my mom. I'm male, too, if that matters). If we end up in a state with MMJ, and I could qualify, I'd like to participate in it if it could help. My current psychiatrist has been great, but he doesn't take the idea of medicinal marijuana very seriously when I have discussed it with him (understandable, since it won't be in his toolbox anytime soon).
Can you please refer me to good studies and articles that take an unbiased slant on medicinal marijuana for the conditions I listed? After reading "Why I Give my Nine Year Old Pot"
, I've been curious about the possibility. I've smoked with friends recreationally, and I've considered even buying my own stash and paraphernalia as I enjoy it so much. I feel more clear-headed and sociable, and it clears up the sexual side effects of the Effexor (Yes, I told my psych about that). So I'm not a person who has a bad reaction. And this was with the herb college kids can get their hands on, rather than premium, named strain bud from a medical dispensary. The problem is that a lot of the information that I've come across has been from people who want to lobby either for or against legalization, so I don't feel that's so reliable.
And just to clarify: No, I don't think it's better because "It's natural" or "It's just a plant, not a chemical." I know marijuana is a collection of 50 or so cannabinoids, which are chemicals. But somehow that mechanism makes me feel normal and, dare I say it, able to be happy where SSRIs, mood stablizers and SNRIs have failed or stalled. I know it's a drug, every bit as potent as what I've been prescribed by my doctor, with the added concern of smoking byproducts (unless I get a vape).
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