Hi, I smoked a good amount of weed like 15 years ago when I was younger and before I took any meds or was diagnosed with adhd. I’ve been taking Adderall for a few years or so, klonopin, and the ssri/snri has been changed a few times. I am doing good overall but I have a hard time relaxing to just watch a movie without sort of fidgeting or thinking of things to do, playing video games sometimes, and winding down at the end of the day. I have tried a little weed a couple of times in the last month and it helped. I don’t abuse my meds and I am looking for info on what other people have found that take the same or similar meds and use weed?
Adderall XR - 25mg twice a day. (May go back down to 20mg)
Cymbalta 60mg a day
Klonopin is .5mg up to 4x a day, and I usually take 1mg in the earlier evening and then .5 or sometimes 1mg later at night when I can’t get to sleep.
I don’t think I’d need as much klonopin if I smoked a little. I’ve read the stuff online and there’s not a ton of good info on mixing these; and I asked one doctor and they said some people do but they don’t suggest it and that it also can depend on when you use the weed. I’m in a state that has recreational use legal and I was looking at getting a medical card but the cost isn’t worth it as there’s no savings and it’s expensive.
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.)