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BPD and Marijuana

BPD and Marijuana

What is BPD? Borderline personality disorder, which affects emotional regulation and impulse control. PTSD, another trauma-related disorder, and borderline personality share similar traits since people intensely react to situations and environment changes. The other side effects of BDP are concerning and cause a person great difficulty functioning throughout everyday life. People will use marijuana, a psychoactive drug, to prevent episodes, but does weed help with BPD? BPD and marijuana may interact better than most people would think.

Borderline Personality Disorder Marijuana

It’s not unusual for medical cannabis to be prescribed for those with personality disorders. Marijuana interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for helping regulate and balance important roles in the central nervous system development. Roles like regulating metabolism and the body's immune response are balanced by the system.

When a person living with BPD inhales cannabinoids, the chemical compounds in marijuana can cause the body and mind to relax. BPD and weed go hand in hand since aggression, depression, and anxiety symptoms are reduced or properly treated. Cannabis can be considered if a person is experiencing personality disorder symptoms which include:

  • Inappropriate anger
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Random change in interests
  • Frantic avoidance of situations
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Sudden emotional instability or mood change
  • Extreme idealization and obsessive behavior in relationships
  • Unstable sense of self, self-harming behavior, or suicidal thoughts

BPD dissociation represents a disconnection between emotions, perceptions, memories, and thoughts, including these symptoms. How long does splitting last? As mentioned, there are numerous forms of the disorder, so how long episodes last depends on the person and what disorder has been diagnosed. For instance, a person can acquire antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, OCD, and of course, BPD.

Can Weed Make You Paranoid?

Marijuana can cause headaches, dizziness, disorientation, and increased heart rate. A person may also feel paranoia in certain circumstances or directly after smoking. However, marijuana is beneficial for those with the disorder since emotional instability and constant overthinking are severe attributes of the condition. Cannabis and BPD work together since the drug affects the neurotransmitter GABA, stopping anxiety and relaxing overthinking.

CBD and Borderline and Personality Disorder

BPD and marijuana are connected, but what about BPD and CPD? Cannabidiol oil is often used as an anti-seizure medication. CBD is found in marijuana, and the effects help relieve pain and reduce symptoms related to mental health disorders. Like THC, the endocannabinoid receptors that CBD activates are serotonin receptors or the “happy chemical.” The binding of chemicals combats the adverse effects of depressive episodes, anxiety, and BPD.

A person can smoke CBD or use products with hemp oil like tinctures. The Omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and found in CBD, help improve cognitive function. CBD can help reduce symptoms but is not a primary treatment to cure someone with BPD. Professional care like cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of treatment are highly advised.

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.