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

@elsa1000

@merpreb That's a good question! My GP is involved in that she is writing the prescriptions. There's been lots of reassuring, explaining and hand-holding. But from me to my doctor, not the other way around. It's weird. I can appreciate that she did not want me blind-sided with withdrawal symptoms. But comments like "do you want to go back to being housebound?" and "you know these drugs are harder to come off of than heroin" haven't been exactly helpful. To be fair, I do not think she's ever been comfortable with treating anxiety with only a benzodiazepine but I absolutely cannot tolerate the newer SSRI's and she's been respectful of that. I can only guess that maybe an ugly withdrawal process or even an unsuccessful withdrawal would reflect poorly on her prescribing practices and that's a completely reasonable concern on her part. She's been unbelievably compassionate over the years and definitely went against the stream, allowing me to take Xanax alone and not in combination with some other drug. So it makes sense that she would be wary of a potential "train wreck" stemming from a medication choice. That being said, it's stunning how little doctors know about discontinuing benzodiazepines. Had I not had the information about the Ashton Manuel ready to present to her, I would have been put on a one-month titration schedule. And that would have been disastrous. At the very least, her two concerns mentioned above would certainly have materialized. It is critical that you do your own research and are able to self-advocate. And really? That's true of all medicine these days.

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@elsa– Good morning- I agree, we have to be advocates for ourselves and that might (usually) includes doing research on our medicines and illnesses! I am emphatic about this because there has been such an amazing amount of new information about both of them, new discoveries all the time that it would be impossible for anyone to be up to date and know it all.

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@merpreb

@elsa– Good morning- I agree, we have to be advocates for ourselves and that might (usually) includes doing research on our medicines and illnesses! I am emphatic about this because there has been such an amazing amount of new information about both of them, new discoveries all the time that it would be impossible for anyone to be up to date and know it all.

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@merpreb I agree about advocating for ourselves. My experience has been that the medical realm I know does not want to hear of anything that I have read about and questions about treatment. I am not the strong assertive type and when a doctor blows a fuse when asked why about a treatment-pretty much keeps me from asking “why”. Are some so set in their ways they are threatened by being asked “why”. Maybe I go about it wrong. I know all doctors are not like what I have experienced. Hard to find a primary. I no longer mention pain or any new symptoms. Bloodwork and heart are normal so I am healthy. Just thinking on a public forum. There is a way. Still working on it. I have learned to not mention pain. They just seem so impatient as to what it once was. The pain specialist I see is vey kind and listens. I actually talk to him and not the lid of a laptop.

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@fairoaks

Hello everyone… been reading here for awhile and decided maybe my experience with CBD might interest someone.
I take it for anxiety and panic attacks. This summer was pretty stressful and about October 1st I took my first dose of CBD oil. I use Green Mountain and .25ml on their measured dropper twice a day. The price is very reasonable and they post the lab results. It has been wonderful for me. My use of emergency Xanax is practically nil. If I do feel the need for Xanax I use 1/4 the dose now. For me it seems taking it on a daily basis gives the best results. I do not take it on a "need it" basis altho on a really stressful day I may increase my dose slightly or add another full dose. For anxiety a smaller dose works well for me. Have been able to avoid starting Wellbutrin.
This is my experience only. I would urge you to talk to your doctor before changing anything you are taking.

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@fairoaks– A warm welcome to Mayo Connect and happy holidays. I too use CBD oil and have tried to figure out dosages and percentage of ingredients. I use a local compassion center and I take 10 mg per dropper, but included in that are other oils too.
It sounds like you are doing very well in controlling your symptoms and doses of medicine. Do you have any tips on how you reduce your stress?

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@parus

@merpreb I agree about advocating for ourselves. My experience has been that the medical realm I know does not want to hear of anything that I have read about and questions about treatment. I am not the strong assertive type and when a doctor blows a fuse when asked why about a treatment-pretty much keeps me from asking “why”. Are some so set in their ways they are threatened by being asked “why”. Maybe I go about it wrong. I know all doctors are not like what I have experienced. Hard to find a primary. I no longer mention pain or any new symptoms. Bloodwork and heart are normal so I am healthy. Just thinking on a public forum. There is a way. Still working on it. I have learned to not mention pain. They just seem so impatient as to what it once was. The pain specialist I see is vey kind and listens. I actually talk to him and not the lid of a laptop.

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@parus– I am distressed that you feel that you can't be totally open and honest with your doctors especially about pain. Does your pain doctor not want to listen to you? Does he say things that turn you away? What do you mean when a doctor blows a fuse? Can you give me an example? I'm glad that you are healthy Parus and you shouldn't need to be assertive to get good medicine and treatments.

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@merpreb

@fairoaks– A warm welcome to Mayo Connect and happy holidays. I too use CBD oil and have tried to figure out dosages and percentage of ingredients. I use a local compassion center and I take 10 mg per dropper, but included in that are other oils too.
It sounds like you are doing very well in controlling your symptoms and doses of medicine. Do you have any tips on how you reduce your stress?

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For me there is no way to reduce stress but the CBD seems to help break the cycle of it getting out of control. SSRIs made me so ill I refused to take them. Xanax has usually worked if taken in time but now Drs are getting so worried about prescribing it. Personally feel this is physical or chemical. CBD seems to keep it from happening if that makes sense. Having a family history of it just adds to my belief that it's physical and not just a mental issue.

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I am a little worried about my cbd oil use right now bc of having no guidelines. I've been doing fine for more than 6 months in it for depression anxiety and an autoinmune condition. After 6 months in it I realized my inflammation marker on blood is down from 25 to 15. That's a lot. The 1st month on cbd oul I reached a very high dose 20 drops am and 20 drops pm. Then after 3 or more months I started to have some minor panic attacks while sleeping so the affiliate that sell it to me advice me to cut it o half so I've been taking 12 drops am and 12 drops pm with success the last 3 months. Right now my blood tests are wow really good but one week ago I am having again those crazy dreams at night without rest a lot and it's a mood liability that makes me wake up with tension headache and muscle back tension. It's not a full panic attack but mood liability and some anxiety togwther that make me impossible to rest deep and be fresh and free the next day. I am not sure if I Need an cbd oul adjustment. Thanks for your opinions. I am using hempworx

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@merpreb

@parus– I am distressed that you feel that you can't be totally open and honest with your doctors especially about pain. Does your pain doctor not want to listen to you? Does he say things that turn you away? What do you mean when a doctor blows a fuse? Can you give me an example? I'm glad that you are healthy Parus and you shouldn't need to be assertive to get good medicine and treatments.

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@merpreb I asked the neurologist why I was not a good candidate for a pain block. He slammed my chart shut and told me because “ I said so”! I have since learned he has retired. More ensued after that as he had also told me prior to his outburst I had had several mini strokes. There is no record of this at the
hospital I have since discovered. Maybe had the wrong patient. There is more to this adventure which would take a long time to tell in a way that would make sense. That was at a time when someone else was advocating for me. It was a mess and a chapter of my life I am still recovering from-stuff happens and I learned from it. Not wallowing in self pity rather endeavoring to get some confidence back as well as learning to trust again. Things are improving. Being hyper vigilant most of the time is exhausting. Again, is what it is. I am not one to give up. I do use caution though. I shop where employees are familiar with me so if I need help I can get it. I can feel safe when I shop there. Off topic again.

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@parus

@merpreb I asked the neurologist why I was not a good candidate for a pain block. He slammed my chart shut and told me because “ I said so”! I have since learned he has retired. More ensued after that as he had also told me prior to his outburst I had had several mini strokes. There is no record of this at the
hospital I have since discovered. Maybe had the wrong patient. There is more to this adventure which would take a long time to tell in a way that would make sense. That was at a time when someone else was advocating for me. It was a mess and a chapter of my life I am still recovering from-stuff happens and I learned from it. Not wallowing in self pity rather endeavoring to get some confidence back as well as learning to trust again. Things are improving. Being hyper vigilant most of the time is exhausting. Again, is what it is. I am not one to give up. I do use caution though. I shop where employees are familiar with me so if I need help I can get it. I can feel safe when I shop there. Off topic again.

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Parus- That's horrible to be treated like that. How dare he! I am so glad that he retired and that he's not your doctor anymore. You sound very strong and accepting of what life gives out, but don't let anyone walk you again.

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@merpreb

Parus- That's horrible to be treated like that. How dare he! I am so glad that he retired and that he's not your doctor anymore. You sound very strong and accepting of what life gives out, but don't let anyone walk you again.

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@merpreb I am endeavoring to remove “doormat” from my vocabulary. Thankful for all of the encouragement we provide each other. This is what we are here for.

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@lorena1egas

I am a little worried about my cbd oil use right now bc of having no guidelines. I've been doing fine for more than 6 months in it for depression anxiety and an autoinmune condition. After 6 months in it I realized my inflammation marker on blood is down from 25 to 15. That's a lot. The 1st month on cbd oul I reached a very high dose 20 drops am and 20 drops pm. Then after 3 or more months I started to have some minor panic attacks while sleeping so the affiliate that sell it to me advice me to cut it o half so I've been taking 12 drops am and 12 drops pm with success the last 3 months. Right now my blood tests are wow really good but one week ago I am having again those crazy dreams at night without rest a lot and it's a mood liability that makes me wake up with tension headache and muscle back tension. It's not a full panic attack but mood liability and some anxiety togwther that make me impossible to rest deep and be fresh and free the next day. I am not sure if I Need an cbd oul adjustment. Thanks for your opinions. I am using hempworx

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@lorena1egas– Welcome to connect. It is extremely frustrating that CBD oil was released into the public without guidelines. I also turned to my compassion center for assistance on dosages.
Have you spoken with your doctor about this? Are you on other medications for anxiety and panic attacks? Not that this applies to you, @lorena1egas, but sometimes we expect medicines to be miracle workers.

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@parus

@merpreb I asked the neurologist why I was not a good candidate for a pain block. He slammed my chart shut and told me because “ I said so”! I have since learned he has retired. More ensued after that as he had also told me prior to his outburst I had had several mini strokes. There is no record of this at the
hospital I have since discovered. Maybe had the wrong patient. There is more to this adventure which would take a long time to tell in a way that would make sense. That was at a time when someone else was advocating for me. It was a mess and a chapter of my life I am still recovering from-stuff happens and I learned from it. Not wallowing in self pity rather endeavoring to get some confidence back as well as learning to trust again. Things are improving. Being hyper vigilant most of the time is exhausting. Again, is what it is. I am not one to give up. I do use caution though. I shop where employees are familiar with me so if I need help I can get it. I can feel safe when I shop there. Off topic again.

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Massage therapy has helped me a lot. A good generalized pain reliever allowing muscles and tissues to relax during soothing touch.

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yum, massages are the best!

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@healthytoday

Massage therapy has helped me a lot. A good generalized pain reliever allowing muscles and tissues to relax during soothing touch.

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@healthytoday Thats sounds wonderful The last massage I had she pressed so hard I hurt I,ve been fearful of trying it again.When you have fibromyalgia you do need light I guess maybe I,ll give it another try

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@parus

@merpreb I asked the neurologist why I was not a good candidate for a pain block. He slammed my chart shut and told me because “ I said so”! I have since learned he has retired. More ensued after that as he had also told me prior to his outburst I had had several mini strokes. There is no record of this at the
hospital I have since discovered. Maybe had the wrong patient. There is more to this adventure which would take a long time to tell in a way that would make sense. That was at a time when someone else was advocating for me. It was a mess and a chapter of my life I am still recovering from-stuff happens and I learned from it. Not wallowing in self pity rather endeavoring to get some confidence back as well as learning to trust again. Things are improving. Being hyper vigilant most of the time is exhausting. Again, is what it is. I am not one to give up. I do use caution though. I shop where employees are familiar with me so if I need help I can get it. I can feel safe when I shop there. Off topic again.

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Wow, does that sound familiar! In 2015 I was referred to a neurologist by my GP who had already diagnosed peripheral neuropathy. The reason for the referral was to find the underlying cause. He did a nerve test and had me come back after he had "analyzed the results". At my follow-up appointment things got pretty confusing. As he was yammering away I finally leaned forward to look at the screen of his laptop. It wasn't me! The last name was missing one letter resulting in a fairly common last name. And the first name was a diminutive of my first name that I never, ever use. When I pointed this out he immediately clicked the window closed and my appointment lasted maybe another 15 seconds. "You have peripheral neuropathy". When I persisted with, "but I know I have peripheral neuropathy. That's why I'm here – to find out why." At this point he had closed his laptop and was standing up. He muttered something about my age (I was only 53!) while definitively ending our appointment by walking out of the room. Because of my deductible, I was out $1500 for the "nerve test" and had no diagnosis whatsoever. Being hyper vigilant IS exhausting. But it's been my experience that it is absolutely necessary when dealing with the medical industry. I have no interest in learning to trust again. Not in this context.

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@elsa1000

Wow, does that sound familiar! In 2015 I was referred to a neurologist by my GP who had already diagnosed peripheral neuropathy. The reason for the referral was to find the underlying cause. He did a nerve test and had me come back after he had "analyzed the results". At my follow-up appointment things got pretty confusing. As he was yammering away I finally leaned forward to look at the screen of his laptop. It wasn't me! The last name was missing one letter resulting in a fairly common last name. And the first name was a diminutive of my first name that I never, ever use. When I pointed this out he immediately clicked the window closed and my appointment lasted maybe another 15 seconds. "You have peripheral neuropathy". When I persisted with, "but I know I have peripheral neuropathy. That's why I'm here – to find out why." At this point he had closed his laptop and was standing up. He muttered something about my age (I was only 53!) while definitively ending our appointment by walking out of the room. Because of my deductible, I was out $1500 for the "nerve test" and had no diagnosis whatsoever. Being hyper vigilant IS exhausting. But it's been my experience that it is absolutely necessary when dealing with the medical industry. I have no interest in learning to trust again. Not in this context.

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Wow Drs are not God and I’ve told several that. I worked in the medical field for 36 years, I’ve seen it all. Believe me I am not afraid to tell them off, or how I feel when they give me an attitude. Just because they have more education then me doesn’t make them any smarter. They out their underwear on the same way I do. I would of let him have it.its hard to have trust in any of them when crap like this happens, and then bringing up the wrong patient to discuss what’s wrong with you is way out of league.dumb dumb dumb

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