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

@wigreenthumb

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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So good you’re having succes with initial trial of CBD ! Which brand are you using ? Thanks!

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@wigreenthumb – Usually a dose is a dropper full. The dropper is 10mg. You could reduce it to half a dose too. I'm not sure what a drop is in doses
There are many posts on this discussion that I encourage you to read to familiarize yourself with more information. This way you can get the most benefit from the oil. Did a doctor recommend this dosage?

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@rascal1

So good you’re having succes with initial trial of CBD ! Which brand are you using ? Thanks!

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I am starting at 1 drop 2 times per day under the tongue, one at noon, and 1 at an hour before bed, to provide time between CBD and my blood pressure meds, which include a beta blocker. My cardiologist said it would be OK to try the CBD oil. My BP has dropped about 10 points, while heartrate stayed steady. The brand I am using is Pure Kind Botanicals, and is called Wellness Nectar. The website provides fact sheet showing very low THC in this oil. Praying this works well for me!

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@merpreb

@wigreenthumb – Usually a dose is a dropper full. The dropper is 10mg. You could reduce it to half a dose too. I'm not sure what a drop is in doses
There are many posts on this discussion that I encourage you to read to familiarize yourself with more information. This way you can get the most benefit from the oil. Did a doctor recommend this dosage?

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The manufacturer recommends on the website to use only 1 to 3 drops 2 times per day for anxiety. I am sure different manufacturers have different potency in their product, so think it is best to follow their recommendation. Doctor allowed, but gave no advice.

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@wigreenthumb

The manufacturer recommends on the website to use only 1 to 3 drops 2 times per day for anxiety. I am sure different manufacturers have different potency in their product, so think it is best to follow their recommendation. Doctor allowed, but gave no advice.

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Thank you for your reply and the very best to you!

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@merpreb trying the golden milk recipie good thanks

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@lioness

@merpreb trying the golden milk recipie good thanks

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What’s Golden milk?

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@rascal1 . It's turmeric milk. Turmeric is yellow.

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@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 Lalyfa or Gail, your information regarding Cbd oil has me excited. I’m on celexa 20 mg for 4 weeks now and am still having trouble sleeping all night. How long does the celexa take to work? What dosage do you take? Can you do Cbd oil with being on celexa. Thanks for the info….

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@merpreb

@rascal1 . It's turmeric milk. Turmeric is yellow.

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I take Tumeric capsules. Is there a benefit in the milk?

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@wigreenthumb

The manufacturer recommends on the website to use only 1 to 3 drops 2 times per day for anxiety. I am sure different manufacturers have different potency in their product, so think it is best to follow their recommendation. Doctor allowed, but gave no advice.

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I’m weaning off Klonopin and also taking Effexor and Remeron.
I cannot find info nor can my dr or pharmacist advise if ok to take CBD oil with these medications.

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@rascal1

I take Tumeric capsules. Is there a benefit in the milk?

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@rascal1 Golden milk is 1cup milk 1teaspoon tumeric pd. plus a pinch of black pepper I like ginger also as its anti inflammatory like tumeric I warm mine to drink you can add cinnamon to it if you like liquids are absorbed in your system quicker then pills or capsules I think its your preference

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@lioness

@rascal1 Golden milk is 1cup milk 1teaspoon tumeric pd. plus a pinch of black pepper I like ginger also as its anti inflammatory like tumeric I warm mine to drink you can add cinnamon to it if you like liquids are absorbed in your system quicker then pills or capsules I think its your preference

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Thank you !

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@rascal your welcome Its really good tasting I try to drink at least oneca day

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@granny55

Hi Lalyfa or Gail, your information regarding Cbd oil has me excited. I’m on celexa 20 mg for 4 weeks now and am still having trouble sleeping all night. How long does the celexa take to work? What dosage do you take? Can you do Cbd oil with being on celexa. Thanks for the info….

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Hi, I also take 20 mg Celexa daily, I’ve been in this for twenty years, it took about six weeks to really go into effect. It has done wonders for me, although I would really like to put no pharmaceutical drugs in my system since having severe withdrawal coming off Lyrica. As for CBD oil you can take this with any medications, it’s all good. My dogs told me to take as much as I needed.

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