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

@stephanieann

Hi Helen from UK and others,

I have been using CBD to reduce my son's anxiety and help to taper him slowly off the other psychiatric drugs he has been taking for years. So far he is doing better (ie less anxiety, perseverative talking) with the CBD than he has done on the poly pharmacy in the past . The plan is to increase the CBD as needed while decreasing very slowly one drug at a time. Why am I doing this? He was having some side effects from the psychiatric medications As far as we know, CBD does not have the side effects in comparison to an atypical antipsychotic eg Risperdal or Abilify or Invega. He developed a slight tremor in his hands, his bone density has been impacted and I am concerned about impact on his liver and kidneys from long term use of these other psychiatric medications. A nurse practitioner familiar with CBD is assisting us in withdrawal from psychiatric meds while using CBD. One thing I notice is that when the CBD starts to wear off after about 5 hours, he starts showing more anxiety and irritability Hope this information is helpful.

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Hi, @stephanieann , it is so good to meet you! I have to say, good on you! For being so attuned to your son's needs and wanting to spare him the side effects of Big Pharma.

All medications have some side effects that are worse than others. Everything out there affects each of us in different ways.

I really don't know all that much about CBD oil except what I have Googled or read on here. In my state you have to have a medical card from your PCP, I believe. I do know that there was a bill that passed where a year or so ago children with certain conditions could get the meds they needed so desperately.

Until someone has anxiety or their child has it they do not understand how debilitating the condition can be. I firmly applaud individuals telling their story loud and clear. Anxiety should not be stigmatizing or treated any differently than any other medical condition. To ignore it and not address the symptoms is just as serious to my way of thinking as not taking your insulin if one is diabetic.

Bravo, Mama! I pray that you have influenced others to do the necessary steps and to take action on behalf of their loved ones. I truly believe that you have done so.

Mamacita

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@mamacita

Hi, @stephanieann , it is so good to meet you! I have to say, good on you! For being so attuned to your son's needs and wanting to spare him the side effects of Big Pharma.

All medications have some side effects that are worse than others. Everything out there affects each of us in different ways.

I really don't know all that much about CBD oil except what I have Googled or read on here. In my state you have to have a medical card from your PCP, I believe. I do know that there was a bill that passed where a year or so ago children with certain conditions could get the meds they needed so desperately.

Until someone has anxiety or their child has it they do not understand how debilitating the condition can be. I firmly applaud individuals telling their story loud and clear. Anxiety should not be stigmatizing or treated any differently than any other medical condition. To ignore it and not address the symptoms is just as serious to my way of thinking as not taking your insulin if one is diabetic.

Bravo, Mama! I pray that you have influenced others to do the necessary steps and to take action on behalf of their loved ones. I truly believe that you have done so.

Mamacita

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@mamacita
I have been living with generalized anxiety since I was a young child. I didn't know about it at the time. When I started therapy as an adult, the therapist identified it. I thought I was just a mama's girl. I was, but when I would have an anxiety attack and my heart would race and my body quiver uncontrollably, it was my mom that I wanted and who soothed me.
Sadly, I am guessing that doctors did not know about young children and anxiety. We were just 'acting like a baby.' My parents certainly didn't know and if they did, I think they would have been of the mind to 'shake it off.' Not because they didn't love me, but because you didn't talk about psychological illnesses.
In reality, my dad had both anxiety and depression. From what I remember and/or understood, it made itself known when my mother was diagnised with terminal lung cancer (non smoker for her, smoker for my dad). His psychological issues worsened after my mother passed. On top of that, he had the starts of dementia and he was addicted to sleeping pills.
So i come by my issues honestly, only I've had NO issues discussing meds, therapy or my symptoms. Two other people in my family also come honestly by it…my son and daughter.
My daughter has shown symptoms of depression. When she was 3, after her brother was born, it got worse. So much so, that when he started walking, she'd throw him down in order to hurt him. By 5 years old, I had her in therapy. She continued on and off throughout adulthood. BTW…her husband also suffers from anxiety. He had a severe attack while driving and had an accident. He had glass all over him and his car was totaled.
They have a beautiful child. Last week my daughter told me she is concerned that her daughter is not happy. This is how my daughter was, too. My daughter wants to take her for therapy, my granddaughter does not want to go. She is 7 now and was in therapy wgen shecwas 4. I am glad my daughter finally noticed because it was something I saw and told her about a while ago. So we shall see. My daughter and son in law are both on meds and doing very well.
Now for my son. He didn't start to show signs if anxiety about 4byesrscago, in his mid 30s. He did go to docs because his attacks made him feel like he was dying. He had every body part checked and they were all fine. He was disappointed with…you guessed it, anxiety. He s awww a therapist and a psychiatrist for meds. He had a HORRIBLE time with the meds. He gave them a goid shot but whatever was tried didn't help. Over the last several months he has weaned himself off the meds. He is doing oils, but I don't remember which ones. He does want a med to take when needed for an attack. The psychiatrist said she would not give him anything unless he wentbon full time, which he won't. She was holding him hostage. He finally got the name of another doc but he has to wsit until January. In the meantime, he only has a few pills left and is afraid to take them and be left with nothing. So what happens? Two weeks ago he and his family were together with friends. He got a VERY severe attack. He didn't want to take a pill. Eventually he did but it was really too late. The attack was one of his worst. We told him NEVER do that again. Take the meds when you need it and if he runs out, go to the ER.
It so sad and I feel so bad that my children and at least one grandchild inherited this much the same way as I did from my dad.
People often ask what happened? What were you doing or thinking to set this off? Too much stress at work? At home? Etc? It doesn't have to be anything, it just is and many people who don't have it or live with it understands. We can't just pull up our 'big girl panties.'
Sorry for such a long response, I am a wordy person.
Here's to peaceful mental health.
Ronnie (Grandmar)

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@grandmar

@mamacita
I have been living with generalized anxiety since I was a young child. I didn't know about it at the time. When I started therapy as an adult, the therapist identified it. I thought I was just a mama's girl. I was, but when I would have an anxiety attack and my heart would race and my body quiver uncontrollably, it was my mom that I wanted and who soothed me.
Sadly, I am guessing that doctors did not know about young children and anxiety. We were just 'acting like a baby.' My parents certainly didn't know and if they did, I think they would have been of the mind to 'shake it off.' Not because they didn't love me, but because you didn't talk about psychological illnesses.
In reality, my dad had both anxiety and depression. From what I remember and/or understood, it made itself known when my mother was diagnised with terminal lung cancer (non smoker for her, smoker for my dad). His psychological issues worsened after my mother passed. On top of that, he had the starts of dementia and he was addicted to sleeping pills.
So i come by my issues honestly, only I've had NO issues discussing meds, therapy or my symptoms. Two other people in my family also come honestly by it…my son and daughter.
My daughter has shown symptoms of depression. When she was 3, after her brother was born, it got worse. So much so, that when he started walking, she'd throw him down in order to hurt him. By 5 years old, I had her in therapy. She continued on and off throughout adulthood. BTW…her husband also suffers from anxiety. He had a severe attack while driving and had an accident. He had glass all over him and his car was totaled.
They have a beautiful child. Last week my daughter told me she is concerned that her daughter is not happy. This is how my daughter was, too. My daughter wants to take her for therapy, my granddaughter does not want to go. She is 7 now and was in therapy wgen shecwas 4. I am glad my daughter finally noticed because it was something I saw and told her about a while ago. So we shall see. My daughter and son in law are both on meds and doing very well.
Now for my son. He didn't start to show signs if anxiety about 4byesrscago, in his mid 30s. He did go to docs because his attacks made him feel like he was dying. He had every body part checked and they were all fine. He was disappointed with…you guessed it, anxiety. He s awww a therapist and a psychiatrist for meds. He had a HORRIBLE time with the meds. He gave them a goid shot but whatever was tried didn't help. Over the last several months he has weaned himself off the meds. He is doing oils, but I don't remember which ones. He does want a med to take when needed for an attack. The psychiatrist said she would not give him anything unless he wentbon full time, which he won't. She was holding him hostage. He finally got the name of another doc but he has to wsit until January. In the meantime, he only has a few pills left and is afraid to take them and be left with nothing. So what happens? Two weeks ago he and his family were together with friends. He got a VERY severe attack. He didn't want to take a pill. Eventually he did but it was really too late. The attack was one of his worst. We told him NEVER do that again. Take the meds when you need it and if he runs out, go to the ER.
It so sad and I feel so bad that my children and at least one grandchild inherited this much the same way as I did from my dad.
People often ask what happened? What were you doing or thinking to set this off? Too much stress at work? At home? Etc? It doesn't have to be anything, it just is and many people who don't have it or live with it understands. We can't just pull up our 'big girl panties.'
Sorry for such a long response, I am a wordy person.
Here's to peaceful mental health.
Ronnie (Grandmar)

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@grandmar , thank you so much! I think you and I were made out of the same bolt of material!

Anxiety seems to run in my family. Hate to say that but it's true. I am hoping that the next generation will be able to withstand the rigors of our society. That they will be proud of themselves for who they are. And not just survive, but thrive.

Catch you later!

Mamacita

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@mamacita

@grandmar , thank you so much! I think you and I were made out of the same bolt of material!

Anxiety seems to run in my family. Hate to say that but it's true. I am hoping that the next generation will be able to withstand the rigors of our society. That they will be proud of themselves for who they are. And not just survive, but thrive.

Catch you later!

Mamacita

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@mamacita
I guess I am different from most. I don't get embarrassed by talking about my issues. I guess I find it helpful to hear about others so I hope I can help those who need it.
Truthfully, if my kids knew what I wrote, they would probably be upset. Glad they aren't on the site.

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@grandmar

@mamacita
I guess I am different from most. I don't get embarrassed by talking about my issues. I guess I find it helpful to hear about others so I hope I can help those who need it.
Truthfully, if my kids knew what I wrote, they would probably be upset. Glad they aren't on the site.

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grandmar I also thank you for sharing with us the family history of depression and anxiety. I too come from a family of "Nuts" as my sister puts it. She does not mean this to make it a bad thing, but to keep us on are toes. Both my parents suffered from untreated depression. My mother died a very unhappy lady. She was beautiful. intelligent and depressed. I had many issues as a teenager. I began drinking at age 12 and gradually (maybe not so gradually) became that incorrigible teenager and sent to a wayward girls school. At that time they really didn't address depression, but as I look back it was obvious. I hated school and would "Play hooky" daily. Four years at an all girls Catholic school for "bad girls" probably saved my life. No, it didn't stop after that but I have made i through. My brother who was a heroin addict with many mental problems had a struggle his entire life. There were periods when he appeared good and was clean from all drugs. On December 24th 2017 he shot and killed himself. They found heroin in his apartment. We will never know for sure what happened that day, but for sure he was gone from us. Life may have been very different for us if we were diagnosed and treated back then. I pray daily for all of us suffering from these issues. I do know there is help and we must find it. CBD oil is helping me with anxiety and I am grateful for that. We must find what works and seek it out.

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Dear Mammacita and others,

Thank you so much for your kind words . Many mothers who have children and adult children with autism and other chronic medical issues learn to be advocates. It seems we are constantly fighting for what our children need both for with the medical community and service community,. I do plan to eventually write up what I have learned and perhaps publish article in both professional and non professional journals or at least on blogs.

I do know that chronic anxiety and situational anxiety can be very debilitating sometimes. The CBD helps some get thru a rough time and some others with neurological disorders like autism are helped by taking it continually. Eventually the feds will get it and allow more research but until that time it is a state by state situation. Israel is doing studies and there are some small studies now with children. Meanwhile some parents like myself are doing case studies

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@summertime4

grandmar I also thank you for sharing with us the family history of depression and anxiety. I too come from a family of "Nuts" as my sister puts it. She does not mean this to make it a bad thing, but to keep us on are toes. Both my parents suffered from untreated depression. My mother died a very unhappy lady. She was beautiful. intelligent and depressed. I had many issues as a teenager. I began drinking at age 12 and gradually (maybe not so gradually) became that incorrigible teenager and sent to a wayward girls school. At that time they really didn't address depression, but as I look back it was obvious. I hated school and would "Play hooky" daily. Four years at an all girls Catholic school for "bad girls" probably saved my life. No, it didn't stop after that but I have made i through. My brother who was a heroin addict with many mental problems had a struggle his entire life. There were periods when he appeared good and was clean from all drugs. On December 24th 2017 he shot and killed himself. They found heroin in his apartment. We will never know for sure what happened that day, but for sure he was gone from us. Life may have been very different for us if we were diagnosed and treated back then. I pray daily for all of us suffering from these issues. I do know there is help and we must find it. CBD oil is helping me with anxiety and I am grateful for that. We must find what works and seek it out.

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@summertime4
Thank you fot sharing such a personal story. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother.
It is not unusual for people who suffer from psychological to self medicate. Suicide is also not unusual.
Sometimes it takes a while to find a therapist who you can click with. If you don't like or redpect the therapist, he/she can't help. That is the time to search for someone new.
Have a peaceful day….
Ronnie

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@summertime4

grandmar I also thank you for sharing with us the family history of depression and anxiety. I too come from a family of "Nuts" as my sister puts it. She does not mean this to make it a bad thing, but to keep us on are toes. Both my parents suffered from untreated depression. My mother died a very unhappy lady. She was beautiful. intelligent and depressed. I had many issues as a teenager. I began drinking at age 12 and gradually (maybe not so gradually) became that incorrigible teenager and sent to a wayward girls school. At that time they really didn't address depression, but as I look back it was obvious. I hated school and would "Play hooky" daily. Four years at an all girls Catholic school for "bad girls" probably saved my life. No, it didn't stop after that but I have made i through. My brother who was a heroin addict with many mental problems had a struggle his entire life. There were periods when he appeared good and was clean from all drugs. On December 24th 2017 he shot and killed himself. They found heroin in his apartment. We will never know for sure what happened that day, but for sure he was gone from us. Life may have been very different for us if we were diagnosed and treated back then. I pray daily for all of us suffering from these issues. I do know there is help and we must find it. CBD oil is helping me with anxiety and I am grateful for that. We must find what works and seek it out.

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Thank you for sharing and I feel so about your family history. Can you share what type of CBD oil ? Thanks much!

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Does anyone suffer with gastro problems when anxious and depressed? I have terrible esophageal problems and reflux causing much pain. I am attempting to wean from Xanax and taking Zoloft and Inderal. Also take meds for esophagus and stomach. Much fatigue and pain. Perhaps the CBD can help this?

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rascal1 I am not sure if I can give the name of the CBD oil. I have no problem but don't want to go against the rules. Hopefully one of the mentors will let me know. If not I believe I can message you. A question. Can you obtain a medical marijuana card referral from your doctor. I too have gastro problems and have had surgery to do something, where hey had to tie something in my stomach because the acid coming up was eroding my esophagus. I still have issues but not bad. My anxiety contributed to that.

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Thanks. I do have a medical marijuana card. Waiting to get an esophageal barium swallow. On meds for reflux. Feeling so unwell and clammy along with chest pain. Had endoscopy which showed gastritis and achalasia. I’m sure the anxiety I’ve been experiencing is making the problem worse !
Glad you are doing better !

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@rascal1 – I have gastro problems and also suffer from depression and anxiety. Along with antidepressants I use cbd oil to help calm me down. It does very well. The usual dose is 10 mgs. from a 1 oz bottle. What is available to you I would think would depend on the oils that your dispensary carries.

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@merpreb

@rascal1 – I have gastro problems and also suffer from depression and anxiety. Along with antidepressants I use cbd oil to help calm me down. It does very well. The usual dose is 10 mgs. from a 1 oz bottle. What is available to you I would think would depend on the oils that your dispensary carries.

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Merry, how does one know where to reliably purchase aforementioned CBS oil? I am thinking there are scammers out there, and sources that are unethical. How does one choose an appropriate provider of quality product?

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@mamacita– If it is legal and available in your state there are compassion centers that sell them. Each state is different. And also, how you pay for them is different.

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@merpreb

@mamacita– If it is legal and available in your state there are compassion centers that sell them. Each state is different. And also, how you pay for them is different.

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Merry, in my state it is legal only if you have a medical card from your doctor. I believe I qualify, according to the information I previously researched online. I don't honestly know how I feel about using it though. Is it abused? Do people get high on it? I would not want that. As I have gotten older, my Fibromyalgia has gotten incredibly worse. I can go for months with not a sign nor a symptom. Then, out of the blue, I am mowed over with horrid pain. If it is not addicting, I would consider it. Thank you!

Mamacita

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