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

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional. As such I can offer the benefit of my personal experience, as can others on this site, but not medical diagnoses nor medical opinions. We strive to help each other with the understanding that we are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I have gotten so much good from participating in Mayo Connect that I love it.

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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Hi Gail, I recently started on citalopram for anxiety and it seems to be helping. How long before it becomes 100 percent effective. I was having difficulty with sleep before starting citalopram, waking up several times throughout the night going to the bathroom. I started on 10 mg and just went to 20 mg 2-3 weeks ago. What dose are you on and does it help with sleep? Thank you

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@sirgalahad

chat to doctor to see an alternative

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thanks gingerw how ru

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Has anyone tried essential oils like Frankincense or lavender for anxiety . I am on 3 pharmaceutical drugs I am trying to wean from. Klonopin, Effecor and Remeron.
I also heard from Utube series on Anxuety and Depressio to take Lithium Orotate .
Thank you

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@rascal1

Has anyone tried essential oils like Frankincense or lavender for anxiety . I am on 3 pharmaceutical drugs I am trying to wean from. Klonopin, Effecor and Remeron.
I also heard from Utube series on Anxuety and Depressio to take Lithium Orotate .
Thank you

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iuse regularly on my pillow each night to help me sleep and not doing the would ofs couldofs all night .I also use it as essential oils in a diffuser

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@sirgalahad

thanks gingerw how ru

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@sirgalahad Thank you for asking. I am grateful for each day to be here. Some days are a real struggle physically and mentally, other days they seem to go easier. Right now I am doing a lot to keep busy and have to back off on some of my commitments. When I look at the calendar and see so much going on I know I may be trying to run away from something and not focus on things that need attention. It's like I've set myself up for failure in a way but nothing tremendous. I'm glad to have that insight to look at it but it is just it disappoints me, too. Seems I haven't learned all my lessons yet. You're right about essential oils – the sense of smell is so powerful.
Ginger

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@stressedmesseddepressed

Sure, I take these – 1) NutraLife Kosher – The Original SAMe 400 Mg – 60 Tablets; and 2) "Doctor's Best" (on Amazon).
https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Best-Support-Enteric-Tablets/dp/B004YLAXOE/ref=sr_1_4_a_it
https://www.koshervitamins.com/NutraLife-Kosher-The-Original-SAMe-400-Mg-60-Tablets
I have no affiliation with these sites except as a customer. Sam-e you really need to get the 400 mg daily (not 200 mg) and it's not cheap but oh! so worth it. Really lifts mood !! and calms.

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nolongerstressedmesseddepressed

Have you found a CBT oil that is good? Thanks for all your worthwhile information!

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@rascal1

nolongerstressedmesseddepressed

Have you found a CBT oil that is good? Thanks for all your worthwhile information!

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Hi, @rascal1 – I believe your question was for @stressedmesseddepressed, so wanted to ensure this member got your tag.

@stressedmesseddepressed – how are you feeling these days?

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@lalyfa

I’ve been using the cbd oil for over a week now and feel like I’m making some progress! I started out with 2-3 drops once or twice a day then upped to 10 drops at the advice of someone. Well let me tell you – that was way too much for me but I didn’t know it at the time. I even thought it wasn’t helping me or I needed more. I felt so horrible and literally cried for days. I was ready to call my doctor and ask for anti-depressants immediately. BUT I reached out to someone who has training with cbd oil to ask about dosage. She gave me a call, explained it to me, and then suggested that I was using way too much She suggested that I try 1-3 drops at the most. Once I brought it down to 1 drop a day I felt much better! I am learning how my body reacts to the cbd oil and if I have an very stressful day I can add another drop if needed. I am sleeping very well too. I’ve learned that the cbd oil is very powerful and useful! I am encouraged that this will be very helpful to me. If you plan to try the cbd oil it’s a good thing to start out with lower amounts. Beware of companies that try to sell you a higher dosage until you know what your body needs.

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@lalyfa , I have questions about the cbc oil. Maybe you could help me with first I have fibromyalgia and alot of pain. I also deal with alot of anxiety and depression and the medications I've been on just aren't controlling any of it to a point I can function. Do you use the cbc oil for pain ? Or more as a help for depression and anxiety? How did you know which brand to trust , some of the ads you see out there seem a bit questionable. So I've been reluctant to try until I know I'm going to be getting the real thing, you know. I would like to hear more feedback about its effects on pain and it's role in control of anxiety and depression. So please you and other members let me know your thoughts on it.

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@rascal1

Has anyone tried essential oils like Frankincense or lavender for anxiety . I am on 3 pharmaceutical drugs I am trying to wean from. Klonopin, Effecor and Remeron.
I also heard from Utube series on Anxuety and Depressio to take Lithium Orotate .
Thank you

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@rascal1, I'm a big fan of lavender at bedtime and in a hot bath . The scent is very relaxing to me. I fight insomnia alot and use a few drops in a carrier oil or lotion and just rub it in to arms ,neck and chest so I can smell it well and do believe it helps as much as any of the med I have ever tried . Just a precaution go easy and always use a carrier until you see your not going to have any skin sensitivity to it .GOOD LUCK

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Thank you so much for your advice on the use of Lavender !

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I am a beginner at trying CBD oil for my anxiety/sleep issues, due to multiple physical ailments. Starting at very low dose, one drop under tongue at noon, and before bed. So far, after 3 days, anxiety seems to be reduced by half, insomnia reduced, and even pain is reduced. One night tried 2 drops, which caused big jump in loss of sleep. From the literature, starting low and slow is the way to go. A good pure source of CBD oil seems essential, if there is any amount of THC other than traces, it will cause the opposite effect of what is desired, and increase anxiety. Sadly, there is no uniformity among the producers, so you need to examine the fact sheet on contents of the CBD oil, or do not buy it! I am trying to stay off of a prescription med called escitalopram (Lexipro), due to its known side effects, and addiction potential, but will have to go to it if the CBD oil fails.

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@tdib

@rascal1, I'm a big fan of lavender at bedtime and in a hot bath . The scent is very relaxing to me. I fight insomnia alot and use a few drops in a carrier oil or lotion and just rub it in to arms ,neck and chest so I can smell it well and do believe it helps as much as any of the med I have ever tried . Just a precaution go easy and always use a carrier until you see your not going to have any skin sensitivity to it .GOOD LUCK

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Replying to the lavender oil and sleep issues. Thanks. Am gonna try that as I've heard of that before. Another thing. I have a humidifier in my room with aromatherapy as well. So I now use eucalyptus essential oil for aromatherapy at night which helps my sinus issues. But now I think I will use essential oil of lavender in my aromatherapy device which will then put out a mist of lavender oil all night.

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Regarding CBD oil. Yes I know those drops do work. I live in Colorado where it's legal. A gentleman I know who has brain cancer uses the oil for several pain issues including sleep. Amazing. I don't use it cause I have a job and I'm not sure about their policy.

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@georgette12

Regarding CBD oil. Yes I know those drops do work. I live in Colorado where it's legal. A gentleman I know who has brain cancer uses the oil for several pain issues including sleep. Amazing. I don't use it cause I have a job and I'm not sure about their policy.

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It's a good med for lot's of things. I'm so grateful to be able to access it for my low grade anxiety.

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@healthytoday

It's a good med for lot's of things. I'm so grateful to be able to access it for my low grade anxiety.

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How many drops per day do you use and what brand please?

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