Dr. Frankel's Journal

CBD, MOOD DISORDERS AND A GRATEFUL FAMILY

May 12, 2017
Allan Frankel, MD

With many of the patients we see, their treatment and/or recovery becomes a full-family effort. The following is a note we recently received from the parent of a patient suffering from bipolar disorder:

Dear Dr. Frankel,

This letter is being written by a most grateful parent. My 29 year old daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 8 years. Over the past 21 years she has been unsuccessfully treated with a barrage of medications which, despite being ineffective, were occasionally associated with intolerable side effects. On one of these medicines she gained 40 pounds in weight in six weeks. As part of her psychiatric disorder, profound anxiety has kept her socially isolated and nearly paralyzed with emotional turmoil. All this came to a screeching halt after your medical evaluation of her and your prescription of CBD. Her anxiety is largely resolved and she is in the process of being weaned from the 3 separate medications she has most recently been taking under a psychiatrist’s direction.

You have given us our daughter back and, more importantly, you have given her a life that she feels is worth living.

Words cannot express my gratitude to you for your diagnostic acumen and insight into the vast therapeutic horizons of CBD .

Humbly and Gratefully,
LW

Dr Frankel’s comment:
I feel comfortable using whole plant cannabis CBD for virtually any mood disorder. We need to be more careful with THC and sometimes, with Schizophrenia in particular, THC should be avoided if possible.