Hi, all — as there has been a lot of discussion in this thread about using CBD oil and marijuana (prescribed or otherwise) 1) to control depression and anxiety or 2) to treat side effects of tapering off of antidepressants, we requested input from a Mayo Clinic pharmacist on the topic.
She recommended the following resource from the Minnesota Department of Health: http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/patients/patientinfosheet.pdf, which talks about warnings for using medical marijuana. In this info sheet you'll find sections about:
– Risks for use by children, adolescents, and young adults
– Risk for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
– Risk of psychotic episodes and psychotic disease
– Risk of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
– Risks for use by persons with serious heart or liver disease
– Risk of dependence and addiction
The pharmacist also mentioned that one would assume risks to be greater when used without medical oversight (e.g., CBD oil, cannabis water, etc.) She indicated that it’s important to remember that this could be an addictive substance, so using it to “wean” off other addictive substances may just be trading one addiction for another.
The info sheet also includes information about:
– Driving, operating machinery, or doing work that could harm people when under the influence of medical cannabis
– Advice on starting low, going slow
– Keeping medications secure and in their original containers
– Sharing with or selling cannabis to others
I hope this helps with some of the questions people were asking.