CBD oil and depression/anxiety

Posted by lalyfa @lalyfa, Feb 24, 2018

I am curious to know if anyone has had success with CBD or Hemp oil helping with depression/anxiety? I’ve been reading a lot about it and am curious.
I’ve been reading about this and am very interested but would like thoughts/opinions from anyone who has actually tried it or knows someone who has. TIA

Thank you,
Laura

@gailb

@lalyfa

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Yes, I have used CBD tincture and CBD Living Water for anxiety. I haven't used it for depression as I already take an antidepressant. It doesn't seem to interfere with my Citalopram.

I decided to try CBD when I was withdrawing from Tramadol, a synthetic opiate I had been taking for pain (with 2 other medications) for over a year. As I began slowly reducing my use, I experienced a lot of anxiety and muscle tremors in my legs especially. I know that using a marijuana medication meant that my pain doctor would not prescribe for me again, but I was getting off the pain medications one by one anyway, so I don't care.

The CBD Living Water was my favorite as it just was like drinking bottled water and was immediately available in my system. Within a few minutes of drinking one serving, my anxiety began reducing. It was so benign that I thought perhaps it was just my own thoughts that were calming me down–my belief that it would help. So, I bought the CBD tincture as kind of a test to see if I reacted the same. The next time I was having withdrawal anxiety I used the CBD Tincture. I didn't realize at that time that it can take up to 2+ hours to have effect when you take the tincture, but that was actually good for my test purposes. My anxiety continued for another hour until slowly the tincture began taking effect. I decided then that the CBD Living Water worked best for my anxiety.

CBD Living Water is expensive at $5.00 per bottle with 2 servings. It has no flavor (the tincture had a sweet weird flavor I didn't like) and is easy to drink. I only used 4 bottles to help me through my withdrawal. I don't use it now, but I will if I have anxiety in the future. I am impressed with how helpful it was in my withdrawal. I think it would help in withdrawal from cigarettes too. I did that 34 years ago though.

Are you willing to share what you're anxiety is about? I had panic and anxiety attacks for years and used Ativan and later Lorazepam for them, especially when I had to fly in planes. About 6 years ago I started taking Citalopram antidepressant, and all my anxiety/panic attacks went away. I only had it again recently during my withdrawal process. I know my relief from anxiety is from the Citalopram. I even did 7 zip lines in Costa Rica a little over a year ago. My flights there, to Panama and back were anxiety free. That has been so incredible for me! I love traveling now.

Please let me know if you have questions,. I also hope others on Mayo Connect will let you know their experiences with CBD and Marijuana as medical alternative treatments.

Gail B
Volunteer Mentor

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I know this will sound really dumb, but just what is CBD? (call it old age) Do you notice any adverse effects from it? Where do you get it? Do you take this instead of your meds. or as an adjunct to them? I think there's a lot of things out there that probably our native american friends knew about and used that have long been lost in our "modernization" process.
abby

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I use CBD oil for my anxiety and depression. I can tell you the ingredients if you’d like. I also take Celexa, and Sectral for my irregular heart beat. I do agree with you on native Americans and their old fashion cures. I’m sure they are a lot better then the pharmaceuticals. I have no side effects from the oil. I usually just do two droppers full a day. Morning, afternoon or evening depending on my anxiety. I also have CBD oil with THC when it’s really bad, I take like six small drops, as I don’t like light headedness if I use to much.
Kathy

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@cdcc

I use CBD oil for my anxiety and depression. I can tell you the ingredients if you’d like. I also take Celexa, and Sectral for my irregular heart beat. I do agree with you on native Americans and their old fashion cures. I’m sure they are a lot better then the pharmaceuticals. I have no side effects from the oil. I usually just do two droppers full a day. Morning, afternoon or evening depending on my anxiety. I also have CBD oil with THC when it’s really bad, I take like six small drops, as I don’t like light headedness if I use to much.
Kathy

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Dear Kathy
What brand of cbd oil do you take Also how is the taste of it. Some of the brands have a bad taste when you put under the tongue and my son will not take it Do you mask the taste with anything?

Happy to hear you have no side effects unlike some of the powerful antipsychotics and other psych meds
Stephanie ann

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I use Charlottes Web CBD oil, chocolate mint, but I don’t taste much of the flavor. It comes in other flavors, chrck their web site. Small bottle is $40

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@stephanieann

Dear Kathy
What brand of cbd oil do you take Also how is the taste of it. Some of the brands have a bad taste when you put under the tongue and my son will not take it Do you mask the taste with anything?

Happy to hear you have no side effects unlike some of the powerful antipsychotics and other psych meds
Stephanie ann

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Try Isospectra for an isolate with a good, clean almost non-detectable taste of strawberry.

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@amberpep

I know this will sound really dumb, but just what is CBD? (call it old age) Do you notice any adverse effects from it? Where do you get it? Do you take this instead of your meds. or as an adjunct to them? I think there's a lot of things out there that probably our native american friends knew about and used that have long been lost in our "modernization" process.
abby

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The best resource to learn about CBD is to go to: project CBD.org for any information. If you are subject to drug testing use an isolate product only.

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@gailb

I'm assuming by "isolate" CBD, you mean CBD without any THC. I have only used CBD Living Water that I think has no THC in it. I used it when I was withdrawing from Tramadol. It really helped me with the anxiety that comes from withdrawal. I just felt relaxed when I used it. I only use the CBD w/1/4 THC now, .50 on the dropper, and it works for me with no "high" feeling. Everyone is different though, so you will have to find the dose that works best for you. Start at .25 on the dropper and work your way up from there.

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Isolate is the purest form of CBD being over 99.9% pure and is recommended for anyone subject to drug testing.

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@cdcc

I use CBD oil for anxiety and depression. I have both and I find it helps a lot. When my anxiety gets really bad I use the one with THC. I also suffer from depression and they both help a lot. I think you should give it a try it’s worth the shot. Hopefully you find that it helps

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@cdcc I just wanted to tell you that I went through lyrica withdrawal in 2012 and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Truly. I feel for you but am proud that you’re quitting that awful med. you will come back to yourself. Don’t give in.

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@katiekat720

@cdcc I just wanted to tell you that I went through lyrica withdrawal in 2012 and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Truly. I feel for you but am proud that you’re quitting that awful med. you will come back to yourself. Don’t give in.

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Katie,
May I ask what type of withdrawal you had, this has been unbelievable. I still suffer with extreme anxiety and I don’t like going anywhere. This has been torture. I’m using CBD oil now to help. It works ok but I just want it all to stop

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I personally started taking hemp-derived CBD oil (full spectrum) for many health problems, anxiety/panic attacks being one of them. I used to get panic attacks once in a while and they started to become more frequent as my neck pain got worse over the years. My husband came across a brand of CBD oil back in June of this year that has truly worked for me. I immediately felt energized upon taking it- something I hadn't felt in a long time. It made me realize how pure, potent, and effective this oil really is. (It literally only has 3 ingredients in it. No fillers. No junk.)

Since taking the hemp-derived CBD oil, I haven't had any panic attacks. My anxiety is gone. I don't have racing thoughts. My heart doesn't race. I feel calm. My neck pain has gone away almost completely. It's truly a great, natural alternative for anyone who suffers from anxiety, pain, depression, inflammation, and other health issues to consider. My entire family has benefited from it, too, including our pet!

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@debralee

I personally started taking hemp-derived CBD oil (full spectrum) for many health problems, anxiety/panic attacks being one of them. I used to get panic attacks once in a while and they started to become more frequent as my neck pain got worse over the years. My husband came across a brand of CBD oil back in June of this year that has truly worked for me. I immediately felt energized upon taking it- something I hadn't felt in a long time. It made me realize how pure, potent, and effective this oil really is. (It literally only has 3 ingredients in it. No fillers. No junk.)

Since taking the hemp-derived CBD oil, I haven't had any panic attacks. My anxiety is gone. I don't have racing thoughts. My heart doesn't race. I feel calm. My neck pain has gone away almost completely. It's truly a great, natural alternative for anyone who suffers from anxiety, pain, depression, inflammation, and other health issues to consider. My entire family has benefited from it, too, including our pet!

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Which oil do you use and how much? I suffer with severe anxiety and hate to go out anywhere because of it. I’m using Charlottes Web CBD oil right now it seems to help but I’m looking for something a bit better

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@debralee

I personally started taking hemp-derived CBD oil (full spectrum) for many health problems, anxiety/panic attacks being one of them. I used to get panic attacks once in a while and they started to become more frequent as my neck pain got worse over the years. My husband came across a brand of CBD oil back in June of this year that has truly worked for me. I immediately felt energized upon taking it- something I hadn't felt in a long time. It made me realize how pure, potent, and effective this oil really is. (It literally only has 3 ingredients in it. No fillers. No junk.)

Since taking the hemp-derived CBD oil, I haven't had any panic attacks. My anxiety is gone. I don't have racing thoughts. My heart doesn't race. I feel calm. My neck pain has gone away almost completely. It's truly a great, natural alternative for anyone who suffers from anxiety, pain, depression, inflammation, and other health issues to consider. My entire family has benefited from it, too, including our pet!

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@debralee, what brand is your oil and where can I get it. Thank you for this information!

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My son was taking Treatwell 20:1 for severe anxiety, and irritability. Sadly Treatwell went out of business. He had success with Sweet Jayne 20:1 and he is now taking Myriam's Hope but too soon to tell the efficacy. . It is more concentrated mg of CBD so he takes less of it at a time approximately every 4-6 hours. Everyone is different. I am learning that much of the dosing and timing is very individualized

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A question I have. Why did you go off antidepressants if they were working? I should say why do we go off a medication that is working. Several years ago I was taking Zypexia for depression. I took it for at least 3 years and it worked well. The problem was weight gain. alot of weight gain through the years. I weaned off of it, but it was hell.I am not sure if my brain still mourns for it. Again the reason was unhealthy weight gain. I did lose the extra weight plus because I was so sick. I also took Zoloft for until about 2 months ago when the doctors believed the Zoloft to cause hypoglycemia. I am not diabetic. Right now I am taking Effexor 37.5 and Elavil 50mg at night. The elavil was prescribed because of chronic pain from fibromyalgia. I do believe the elavil helps with pain and sleep. I also use Percocet for osteo arthritis . I do not believe I will never have to take an antidepressant and if one works without serious side effects I will stay on. I am just not sure of anything right now. My husband died Jan. 7, 2018 and I am still somewhat of a mess.

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