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

@krisby

Ordered some books and CBD oil. Seeing a therapist occasionally, not sure if it's helping , plus there very expensive . Lots of great information here and non-judgement . I have learned a lot from mayo connect.

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Hello @krisby

I'm happy to hear that you have found some non-judgemental help here at Connect. We are here to listen to you.

I look forward to hearing from you again.

Teresa

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

@parus

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

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Thanks for the book suggestion, @parus. I appreciate your ironic sense of humor — makes me smile.

Sorry to hear about the lethargy and malaise yesterday.

How are you feeling today?

@parus

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

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@lisalucier I try to keep my ironic humor to a low roar. I do not want to offend or hurt anyone. I am one who thinks outside the box and mostly have the attention span of a gnat when allowing my mind to wander. I do focus when I really need to do so-usually. I am far too accomplished at pretending some things never happened. It works and I get a brief respite. I do get silly rushes of cathexis from time to time. As to L&M ( I think that is a brand of cigarettes) of yesterday that you inquired about doth still linger and I find myself caviling about my habitat trying to look busy to myself.
The physical pain is the epoch thing at this time and discouragement turns me into a lugubrious lady.
I could have been more succinct. My brain needed to be engaged. Enough bloviating at this time.
I did try the TENS unit and the tinge it caused was not relief!!
Any statements made are global.

@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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I have taken both Effexor and Pristiq (modern version of Effexor, supposedly with fewer side effects). Weaning off each of them was horrible. You have to taper very slowly, or get brain shocks (silver electric waves, and feeling your brain is bumping around in your head). The Pristiq is in a time release pill you are not supposed to cut up, so it is basically impossible to taper– I cut them up anyway to taper because it was the only way to do it. I would never recommend those drugs to anyone because of how hideous the withdrawal is–and I was on less than "full" dose with both. They were both miracle worker drugs for about 3 weeks in terms of relieving depression , then I had to continue to take them to keep side effects away while their good effects wore off–classic addiction. They should be taken off the market IMO.

@parus

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

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@parus

You are such a gifted writer! I have to pull up a dictionary in order to understand you, but that is OK. It is a good idea to learn a new word or two every day so thank you for adding to my vocab. I also think the book title sounds good. Thanks for the suggestion. Keep the humor going – we all need it.

Teresa

@krisby

Ordered some books and CBD oil. Seeing a therapist occasionally, not sure if it's helping , plus there very expensive . Lots of great information here and non-judgement . I have learned a lot from mayo connect.

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Hi, @krisby — how are things going with your depression? Have you gotten your books yet or tried your oil?

I’ve sort of been MIA from this discussion lately as life has been hectic and I’m now helping my newly divorced son and his 4 kids get settled into their “new normal”. However, I did want to mention that I stopped using the CBD oil as it did not seem to help me. In fact, I’d say it had the opposite effect on me. While taking it (just 1 drop) I was much more “weepy”. It also made me feel “weird” which I didn’t like. I am now trying the Sam-E supplement but haven’t really noticed much help with that either. I’m still struggling with the thought of going back on anti-depressants but keep fighting it. However, it makes me more sad watching my husband “walk on eggshells” around me and checking my mood when he comes home. Guess there’s just no easy answer!

@lalyfa Unfortunately there are no easy answers. Would that there were. We keep trying and this is what matters.

@parus

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

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@hopeful33250 Sending you to the dictionary is not my intent. Thanks for letting me know.

@parus

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

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@parus I'm glad for the opportunity to learn new words! I suppose this is a happy by-product of being on Connect!

Teresa

@lalyfa

I’ve sort of been MIA from this discussion lately as life has been hectic and I’m now helping my newly divorced son and his 4 kids get settled into their “new normal”. However, I did want to mention that I stopped using the CBD oil as it did not seem to help me. In fact, I’d say it had the opposite effect on me. While taking it (just 1 drop) I was much more “weepy”. It also made me feel “weird” which I didn’t like. I am now trying the Sam-E supplement but haven’t really noticed much help with that either. I’m still struggling with the thought of going back on anti-depressants but keep fighting it. However, it makes me more sad watching my husband “walk on eggshells” around me and checking my mood when he comes home. Guess there’s just no easy answer!

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Personally, I see no harm in taking a mild antidepressant and I take one daily. It keeps me pretty well balanced, and my doctor (primary care) has given me something stronger to be used as a "fire extinguisher". He gives me 7 at a time of the stronger. I use one if I am going to be in an extra stressful situation. This plan is working well for me.

@parus

Evening mentioning CBD oil would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter where I am. I finally asked the pain specialist for hydrocodone 5 mg @ 1/day and he told me to get out and walk to help with my pain. And the yes, my depression is worse because of pain. I need some help and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I do not have a history of drug abuse, my diet is rigid and I am out of ideas. It is the drug seekers that do not have pain that have caused the "so called" opiate crisis. Need to check into the medicinal CBD oil and learn more even though it is not legal in my state-that sounds funny-in my state (ha, ha, ha) mind.
Has anyone read the book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened?" by Jenny Lawson? Anyone having a sarcastic/cynical type humor may find it entertaining. A rather off topic suggestion, but not really. There are times only comic relief keep me from staying deep within the darkness.
I did finally break camp and go get groceries and I even had difficulty getting this accomplished. Just not wanting around anyone-even myself. Lethargy and malaise. I think I need to retire my chronic self to bed. Thanks to anyone reading this. We all have mountains to climb and valleys below.

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@parus

When you "send me to the dictionary" it really is not a long trip. I simply right click on the unfamiliar word and the search engine brings up the meaning. Technology has it's values, doesn't it?

Teresa

@stressedmesseddepressed

How much CBD oil do you take daily, please (realizing everyone is different body chemistry)? Isn't it very expensive? Thanks!

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I started to read this post again. I took the cbd oil 0.3% thc for 1 month. It helper me relax and sleep. It's finished and I live in Ecuador and want to try what I can find here. The lowest thc is 3% thc cbd oil here. I am wondering if I can get high on it just with 1 or 2 drops. I want to take it for depression and sleep.

@lalyfa

I’ve sort of been MIA from this discussion lately as life has been hectic and I’m now helping my newly divorced son and his 4 kids get settled into their “new normal”. However, I did want to mention that I stopped using the CBD oil as it did not seem to help me. In fact, I’d say it had the opposite effect on me. While taking it (just 1 drop) I was much more “weepy”. It also made me feel “weird” which I didn’t like. I am now trying the Sam-E supplement but haven’t really noticed much help with that either. I’m still struggling with the thought of going back on anti-depressants but keep fighting it. However, it makes me more sad watching my husband “walk on eggshells” around me and checking my mood when he comes home. Guess there’s just no easy answer!

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Hi @liz223, just wondering if you can explain better the "fire extinguisher ". I am on zoloft

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