Many medical cannabis patients suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and more. A lot of patients wonder if it is safe to combine psychiatric medications with medical cannabis. The answer is that it can be done safely, depending on the patient’s illness, medical history, and other factors. While every psychiatric patient isn’t a good fit for medical cannabis, many are.
Aloha Medical’s DJ Ballingham, Psychiatric Physician Assistant and QMP, states that “Medical cannabis can safely be used in conjunction with traditional western medicine. I take a holistic approach in treating my patients. Even Schizophrenia can be treated with traditional medications combined with low a THC product. For patients with mental illness, I’ve had high success rates treating them with low doses of THC, high doses of CBD, and traditional psychiatric medications. Cannabis strains below 25% are the most effective for treating these patients.”
If you suffer from mental illness and want to try medical cannabis, it is important to work with an experienced QMP who knows what strains and types of THC should be used in conjunction with psychiatric medications. No patient is the same and a good QMP will take the time to give you medical cannabis options that will work best at relieving your conditions.
Please note: There are certain drugs and substances that should never be used with cannabis or CBD including; Warfarin, Theophylline, Clobazam, Valproate, and alcohol.
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