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

My dropper is metered so you can monitor your dosage. Then you can find a chart and plug in your numbers. Reddit.com has a really active CBD forum with lots of information

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@clark711

This is a very old thread, that I just stumbled on.

I emphatically will state that high purity CBD Oil and Salve have worked miracles for me.

My blood pressure has dropped about 25 points in the one month that I've been on CBD Oil. My hip bursitis is gone. My ugly dark spotted sun/age forearms are very nice again, even two doctors/dermatologists have emphatically said that they will ALWAYS look that ugly way.

I've read quite a bit about CBD, in that research and testimonials state that it will help anxiety, autism, depression, Alzheimer's, much, much more.

The key is to buy only high purity, high quality. There's a bunch of cheap, diluted stuff being sold. Amazon won't even list the CBD purity in the many"hemp" products if sells.

CBD is legal in all 50 states, but is not regulated anywhere. Hence, cheap imitation stuff.

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Hi, @clark711 – thanks for sharing your experiences with CBD oil and salve. Sounds like it's been an exciting journey for you.

We are very happy to have you as a member and participating in sharing your experiences. As our Mayo Clinic Connect guidelines do prohibit commercial postings, advertisements or solicitations, though, we'd ask that you refrain from selling/posting links to product sales. I did remove the last bit of your previous post in this discussion for that purpose.

Back to you, @clark711: Do you have a diagnosis of depression or anxiety? If so, what has helped you?

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@lalyfa

I have been totally off the effexor and all anti-depressants for 2 weeks now. The dizziness is getting much better however my emotions/agitation are horrible. I cry at everything and am extremely crabby/agitated. I realize most of this has to do with the withdrawal. I really want to see this through to find out if I can live without anti-depressants but at the same time I know it's very hard on my family. I have another doctor appt beginning of April and she says that if I don't feel better by then I most likely will need to go back on an anti-depressant. For the most part I agree with her. My hopes of proving her wrong as getting slim however. I'd like to know how long it took some of you who have withdrawn from anti-depressants to feel somewhat 'normal' or you knew you had to go back on them? I guess I'm asking if another month is a good amount of time for me to determine what I should do. In some ways I feel like I should start on them again now but I'm not going there yet? BTW, I am in no way feeling suicidal. Mornings seem to be my worst time and by early evenings I feel somewhat better – is this strange too? I haven't tried the CBD living water yet but did find a place near me to get it. Just havent had the time to get there. I also have the Ativan which I take one night to help with sleep. I'm trying not to take it unless really necessary. Tomorrow I have a huge even that my husband and I are in charge of so I'm planning to take an Ativan in the morning to get me through the day without falling apart (crying scene) in front of everyone (or yelling at them) :)! Thanks for all your input!!

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Your remark about feeling worse in mornings is common. I get that too. It begins to get better as the day progresses and by evening I am feeling fine. Docs don’t seem to have an explation for this.

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Congratulations on working on ways to improve your health. I also take many supplements to help with bipolar issues and heart issues.

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My autistic son has been using 18 to 1 ratio of CBD toTHC for about 9 months now. I have successfully weaned him off of Klonipin, Guanficine, and his dose of atypical antipsychotic has been reduced by more than half. I am tapering him off these psychiatric medications very slowly, one medication at a time. he now takes CBD tincture about every 4-5 hours 1 ml. His psychiatrist and a nurse practitioner very experienced with CBD has provided guidance. It really has helped with anxiety and irritability so far. I Generally he seems happier, and does not exhibit the anxious behaviors he used to have. If you do get CBD tincture make sure you obtain it from a reputable marijuana dispensary or reputable company on line. They should have a lab testing their products. INMHO it is not safe to just go but any hemp product. Quality control is still lacking with many of these products.

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Some companies are selling fake CBD make sure you don't fall for their trap. Upset stomach, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal distress are not typically caused by cannabinoid oil itself, but rather by ingredients used to deliver CBD oil into the body or flaws during production.

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@cdcc

Been on CBD oil for 7 days seems to help some but I have break through depression like today which is causing crying and nausea, have my self wrapped up in blankets fighting all this crap which has been caused from coming off Lyrica. Have a vape but it scares me I’ve never done anything like that

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I've been doing a ton of reading about the vapes(and CBD in general) to help me wean off diazapam and just wanted to share my conclusions in hope that it will help with your vape predicament. Regarding the "stigma" of vaping and the connotations it comes with, this should be the least of your worries. The whole PR campaign of "the war on drugs" against marijuana and it's derivatives(CBD) was heavily supported by the companies that created the drugs we are trying to get off… Now regarding the vaping itself, two things you need to know. 1 – Vaping is BY FAR the fastest way to get the CBD into the bloodstream, taking sometimes less than a min for you to feel, making it ideal for "extreme" moments when symptoms are peaking. It's important to note that it does not last nearly as long as the oils so take that into consideration. I take the oil once a day and have the vape on me if I feel a wave of anxiety coming on. 2 – Not all vape liquids are created equal. Just like food, try and find a vape liquid that has as little ingredients as possible. Anything with "lemonade flavor" or any flavor for that matter is a no-no. Anything with Vitamin E is an absolute NO and can be extremely dangerous.
PG(propylen-glycol) is also an ingredient worth avoiding. I hope this helps 🙂

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@summertime4

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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Can you name it on private email? Is that ok to do?
I have 20 years of treatment resist major depression/PTSD. ALWAYS looking for help.

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@nodepression

On the topic of CBD, I quickly want to share my current experience. BUT PLEASE, nobody gets the idea to replace their meds with CBD based on my report!! So, I am off high dose antidepressants for 1.5 years and have been coping well with life. Now, 2 weeks ago I had to deal with a major life event that sent me straight back into a full blown depressive episode. What to do? Go back to the hated meds for just this event? No thank you. Then my daughter of all people suggested her CBD oil to me. It took me a minute to get over the fact that she has anything related to weed oh her but she convinced me to quickly read up on it. And then I tried it and nothing happened…until it all the sudden hit me a while later, that I was on the phone with a friend and talking like a normal person…what happened?…very subtle but without noticing it, I regained total control of emotions and thought…strange, like wellbutrin laced with ritalin…that was unreal for something I can buy in store around the corner…I took 1ml of 50mg/ml (so duh, I took 50mg of CBD) – it worked wonders. I start the day with 50mg and then add 20mg in the afternoon and a small dose before sleeping (! this is a lot but I am a big man)…honestly, for me the results were amazing…I am continuing to use it and will lower the mg once the significant event fades a little bit into the past…you all stay well! C

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That sounds so encouraging. I’m researching CBD for Ted/ptsd. I’m hopeful, tired of 20+ years of this untreatable condition. Thanks

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@nodepression Does anyone using CBD/THC or just CBD have a headache after use. This happens especially in the morning after sublingual use of CBD or CBD/THC.

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wife has been using for about a year and haven't had that problem..

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I just started 10 mg. of Celexa (citalopram). I also just started CBD + Stess-Defy. It is a full spectrum hemp extract. I have been suffering from anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. I’m hoping to calm my mind, and also help with sleep at night. The CBD + Stress-Defy helps at night to calm my mind. You can find it on irwinnaturals.com. You have to watch what you order on Amazon because a lot of it is not the real thing. That is why I ordered my CBD on the website. It is expensive but worth it. You also have to make sure it is Full-Spectrum. I’ve tried the water but it did not do a thing for me. What works for one may not work for all, but it’s worth a try.

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Expensive, didn’t help!

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The reason why CBD oil is more preferable over prescription drugs is because it doesn't have all of the side effects (drowsiness, disoriented, possible nausea, ect). The point of both of them is to help you calm down and function more regularly. CBD depending on how much you take can last longer than medication, and doesn't have side effects (but it does taste like dirt). Essentially, CBD is preferred because it doesn't disorient your mind, and sets you up to function as a human and be more relaxed instead of anxious. With CBD oil, it isn't "instantaneous" like medication, it's something that develops over a period of time. One recommendation is to try THC in combination with CBD for energy. At low levels (5-10 mg) the effects are not debilitating for most people. There are a lot of studies that show synergy with CBD and THC, so you can experiment with ratios of CBD/THC. I've tried CBD alone and with THC and prefer the two together. To me CBD was sedating. You can make your own edibles if you don't want to smoke and pre-made ones are too expensive. I got med card https://dr-weedy.com/medical-marijuana-card-san-diego/ so I tried tons of different products.

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CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound which can be found in the cannabis plant. It’s a natural substance that is often used in products such as oils or edibles to induce a feeling of calm and relaxation.

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