I relate to your question - I’ve been down this road with my son. Uncertainties about cannabis are common because of the misconceptions about “medical marijuana.” The key is the vast differences in the proportions of cannabinoids/chemicals in any particular breed of marijuana.
A THC-dominant strain can be a virtual cure (medical) for someone who has Tourette syndrome, but it’s a nightmare for someone with bp/sz (not medical at all). But a strain such as ACDC which is CBD (cannabidiol)-dominant is very calming for bp/sz and reduces anxiety. AC/DC commonly has a ratio of 20:1 CBD-to-THC. Hemp (commonly used for making CBD oil) is closer to 26:1 CBD-to-THC (even better).
AC/DC is an excellent breed (smoked or liquid extract) to stem the power struggle of someone who thinks pot is cool, while we observe bad results when someone uses street pot (or the WRONG “medical” marijuana).
Integrating a hemp extract tincture is a very helpful mood stabilizer because CBD is a known anticonvulsant. It’s as good or better than lamictal, in my experience. 125 mg of CBD/day is a helpful start, and 650-750 mg CBD/day is amazing. Some is better than none. Here’s a site with lots of helpful insights and links to Pubmed clinical studies/reviews showing CBD as an antipsychotic, antianxiety, focus-increasing (and US patented) neuroprotectant.
An excellent article on that site is the one about helping your loved one accept medication. Anosognosia (when your loved one has NO CLUE that there is anything wrong with them) is a major stumbling block (i found out about on this site). Dr. Amador’s book, “I am not sick, I don’t need help” is a must-read. Be SURE to read that article on that site!!! It changed my understanding 180 degrees, which is helping me and my son emotionally.
Benzodiazepines are pure poison and are dangerous and can cause horrible withdrawal symptoms. Always reduce psych meds very very very slowly to reduce the possibility of bad reactions. You can google “going beyond benzodiazepines meds” and read more.
CBD is available online, and so long as it is derived from hemp (0.3% or less THC dry weight) it is a legally shipped in US as a dietary supplement and requires no doctor. Pure CBD remedies are available with no THC, too. CBD is not like an antibiotic where you take it for a week and you’re done. It’s more like mood insulin!
It’s non-addictive (helps relieve anxiety in rehab) and has NO side effects. None. Cannabis cannot cause any overdose (heart stopping, breathing stopping) because there are no cannabinoid receptors in the heart or lungs. But it’s not a substitute for pdoc meds. Add CBD into the wellbeing routine and definitely avoid THC. My sz son discovered in his own that street pot made him a mess, and he chose (on his own) to stop smoking the bad stuff. Best wishes!!