I'm bipolarHi all. I know the original poster asked for opinions regarding the safety of cannabis, and not for other options, but I just felt that I should put this out here for anyone who may want to know.
I am bipolar, diagnosed. The psychiatrists I saw tried several different drugs on me; after about a year I was thoroughly disgusted and stopped seeing the doctors and took myself off of all drugs. This can be dangerous to do, I was lucky.
However, I soon discovered that while these drugs were not the answer, neither was doing nothing. So, after lots of research and talking to different people, I now take flaxseed oil, food-based iron pills and calcium/magnesium, and a food-based all natural prenatal vitamin every day. I have also worked on improving my diet. I avoid, within reason, food dyes (especially red), caffine, corn syrup, and milk. I eat whole grains, mostly. None of this am I legalistic about, and I am not organic food exclusive, mostly because I am too lazy and enjoy not having to worry about everything I eat everywhere I go.
But boy oh boy, has this made a difference in my life. And all of my 5 pregnancies have been perfect and produced perfect kids and I was not constantly worried about what I may be doing to my children during those months.
Flaxseed oil improves brain function and can help with many problems: it has also helped my wonderful dh gain some control over his OCD and anxiety. The iron and calcium/magnesium (not taken together, must be taken several hours apart) help me sleep soundly and not be so tired during the day, which majorly helps prevent depression. The prenatal just helps cover anything I may be missing in my diet, and I have noticed I get sick less often on it.
I discovered that different foods can affect peoples moods and brain function, even beyond caffine, chocolate, or even "unhealthy" foods. I found which foods bothered me by finding lists of foods that often cause problems for people and then avoiding them while keeping a food/mood journal. Thankfully, gluten doesn't cause me problems as it does for many people, but milk products can if I over indulge, which for me is more than one serving of milk a day. I miss my cheese sometimes. These won't be the same for everyone. BTW, I have no food allergies, according to all testing.
I would never use marajuana for the same reason I took myself off of wellbutrin, prozac, lexapro, etc.... I don't want my mood altered for me!!! I want to be in control of it!! These changes leave me in control of myself, my mood, help my children be healthier, and don't carry any legal risk.
BTW, papya tablets have greatly reduced my heartburn and gas problems during pregnancy, for those who won't take TUMs.
Sorry this is so random and wordy.....I'm writing late at night and should be in bed. Hope this helps someone.