Back in September, I had smoked marijuana and not long after had a reaction. Whole body became tense, then my head would snap to the side. I could talk but had to force words out. Then my right arm fused to my side and hands would curl in violently, painfully. Towards the end there was uncontrollable upward eye movements. I was aware and worried but decently calm during it. I thought it was maybe a buspirone/trileptal/welbutrin reaction re: the marijuana but saw a neurologist just in case. He said he's never heard of a marijuana interaction with my meds like that or even marijuana having that reaction in general. Told me it sounded like dystonia and to take benadryl the next time it happens.
Fast forward to 6/24 (last week). I went in for knee surgery. When I woke up I was still in a bit of pain so the nurse gave me dilaudid. Now, my perception of time during this is off, but not too long after I started having the same kind of jerking sensations as described above. This time it was less violent. My back kept arching and my neck was snapping to the side. Arms twitching. I was calm about it but the staff seemed confused. They gave me ativan and after a little bit, while i was still spasming, I managed to tell them what the neurologist said and they gave me benadryl. I don't know how long it took to stop, but it did. After, in recovery 2, the anesthesiologist came up to me to see how I was doing. Asked me about buspirone and what I was taking it for. It seemed like he wanted me not to take it but didn't say it out right?
I guess my question is, if anyone has had any sort of reactions like this before? I'm not entirely sure what to do with this.
So I just started Latuda and I am an avid user of alcohol and marijuana (its legal in my state)
I currently take geodon, lamictal, and lithium but I just added latuda
everything seemed like it was actually working great with Latuda but after I used "weed" and alcohol my brain is in bad shape and slowly getting better
It really left my mind foggy and inattentative in the morning because of combining the marijuana and alcohol with it.
at first it was going great but mixing those things with it really left my mind not all there
moral of the story if you take other bipolar/schizophrenia meds alongside Latuda DO NOT do any marijuana as well it'll ruin your brain over time trust me. Other antipsychotics can cause this effect too
i hope this helps those who are struggling with substance abuse alongside any of these meds because they can help you greatly but marijuana will fry with your brain with them overtime mixing them
Edited to make it more readable.
I need to start documenting this stuff for my own sake, as well I think sharing the information is a public service, and I'm planning to do a blog offsite somewhere so I can give out the link to medical professionals and such.
But I really wanted to do a thread here, first, with you guys, for you guys. Whatever. I love talking about stuff on CB with you folks.
Every time I get a delivery from the dispensary, the little pamphlet inside made by the Canadian government reminds me that as a bipolar patient medical marijuana is not recommended. I just wanted to make that clear.
If you weren't aware before, quick crash course: strains can be sativa, indica, or some sort of hybrid. Main active ingredients are either THC or CBD, and some strains are developed specifically to carry a pretty equal amount of both.
With all that out of the way, here we go!
While it's hard to say for sure until I have another one, marijuana may cause some parts of my mania to be more active. However there were many other variables involved. Still, this mania felt distinctly different, possibly in a way I won't be able to define until I have another episode. I successfully used it to quit smoking cigarettes. This was something I'd done on my own in the past, and had discussed with my pdoc specifically, so it was one of the first things I did. I have successfully established a regular sleeping pattern that I've maintained since the spring, and through all sorts of awfulness including falling off my mood stabilizer and re tapering back on to it. Horrid. But actually a lot easier thanks to MMJ. I was anticipating it to help me with eating, I wasn't anticipating how stabilizing a regular meal habit (like a regular sleep habit) would also be. But I'm glad for it. I find CBD very mentally stimulating. Like, potent. Like, I already find Depakote/Epival stimulating, and I take Dexedrine, I don't need lots of CBD getting into there too. And it makes me feel like my heart is pounding sometimes. Small amounts of CBD already present in high THC strains is more than enough for me. At least for now. This means all my strains, daytime and nighttime (and anxiety management), need to be high THC and low CBD. This is already becoming a problem because I'm hardly the only patient who needs those kinds of strains, and they tend to go most quickly. I'm currently in the process of trying to get set up with a second dispensary for times when my current one is out and I need to restock my nighttime/anti anxiety. I find sativas fairly stimulating too, less so than CBD itself but still noticeable. I like a high THC low CBD sativa for my regular daytime. I like high THC low CBD indica for nighttime, and also for anti anxiety. Ideally I would have at least two types of the latter at a given time, to help with possible tolerance. I no longer need my scripts for Imovane or Klonopin, and my medical pros are super happy about that. This was expected. Unexpected, but welcome: I have gone from 50mg Dexedrine a day (30mg AM/20mg PM), to 20mg Dexedrine a day (just in the AM). I figured the MMJ would help counteract unwanted side effects from any psychostimulant therapy, but I'd forgotten how smoking marijuana can sometimes make the effects of some drugs more intense. At least, I think that's what's going on, need to consult with pdoc. Anyway, my gdoc is pretty happy at any reduction in my stimulant dose, so.
Alright my friends, my peeps, I'll leave you with that for now. (and if I'm gonna edit the next post too, it won't be today.)
Hi there CB, long time no see, hahahaha.
Let's just get down to it.
Over a year ago I approached my pdoc about medical marijuana as an adjunct therapy. Long story short, I'm a medical marijuana patient. I've been one for a few months, I'm still building tolerance, figuring out dosing and strains/types, etc. I'm getting much better at it though. At the start of last month I spent $320 (plus GST, don't even get me started on that soapbox) and it lasted me until, well, yesterday. And I was trying to stretch it.
My sleep is SO SO SO much better, for the past three months I've had a regular sleeping pattern, and have discovered at 30 years of age that I am apparently a morning person. As someone out of work for three years while I applied for disability (and got approved a few weeks ago, wooo-hooo!) this kind of regular anchoring rhythm is INVALUABLE right now.
I smoke it, going for a vapourizor yes but can't get one yet -- not only for sleep but also for daily management. Like I unexpectedly had to cut back on my Dexedrine, I mean I was expecting medication reductions but not the Dex specifically. This is a good thing though, actually, I'm finding. Still feeling things out and talking them over with the pdoc, but the possibility of no more typical ADHD stimulant meds is honestly on the table right now. That's pretty amazing.
I find it helps a LOT with social anxiety of course, but I find a huge amount of my "social anxiety" is turning out to be like. Sensory. Gah. And then people. Not anxiety!people just. People as a sensory overload. And when my brain is having a more disorganized and forgetful day, medicinal marijuana helps keep me from getting agitated so I can actually still function, because getting agitated just makes the disorganization & forgetfulness worse. Which makes me more agitated. Like I don't go non-verbal I go hyperverbal but it just makes less and less sense as I get more and more frustrated and upset. Weed helps me break that cycle instantly.
But I self medicated with marijuana for well over a decade, illegally, long before I was ever diagnosed with anything. Which means I have a lot of weird hangups I'm working on getting over, even though I totally do know better. And like some things are working but some aren't.
Like this. I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this. Because if I was doing this (WHEN I did this) with any other medication, I'd be taking this exact reaction I'm having as an indication that yes I do in fact need the medication.
But no, I'm doubting myself.
My friends, I have run out of my prescription pot. My sleep was horrible last night. I'm trying to get by on resin from my pipes but MY POOR LUNGS OH MY GOODNESS. Also headaches, and also it sucks and will probably give me cancer faster or whatever. Ugh.
I get paid on Wednesday or Thursday (could be either, won't know until Wednesday) which is when I can place another order with my dispensary. I was going to try getting by until then. I was going to resort to clonazepam if I had to.
I really really really don't want to. It will mess up my sleep. I will sleep too long and I will be groggy in the morning and it won't kick in when I lay down in bed 'cause I forget how to time the damn stuff for sleep. And I hate using it for agitation/anxiety/overload during the day. Also I really am preferring it to my Dexedrine too, I don't want to take my Dex.
But I still feel really guilty asking my family for money to help me purchase a little bit to tide me over until later this week. Like I'm just supposed to try and go without. And I'm pretty sure that's messed up? Like I don't think I'm thinking clearly with this.
TL;DR -- am I just being silly by feeling guilty over asking my parents to help me buy some MJ to tide me over until my payday later this week, because I know I wouldn't be doing this with any of my other prescriptions. It's just, I don't actually have to pay for any of my other prescriptions now. But I have to pay for the marijuana. I even have to pay tax on it.