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

@bravesurvivor

Hi Gail, are you still responding to replies? If so I would like to send you my story and maybe you can help me figure a few things out

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I’m sorry I think you have the wrong person. I’m not sure who Gail is. I haven’t been on here in so long I forget what my user name is. If this has meant for me I’ll be happy to help if I can.

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@lalyfa

@gailb here’s somewhat of what’s been going on with me.

I’ve been on anti-depressants for 11 years since having a stroke and having to stop taking estrogen. I started on Zoloft, then celexa, then Effexor. I’ve been having bad blurry vision for a few years that has my eye dr stumped. Finally my primary doctor thought it could be the Effexor since that is one of the side effects. So we decided that I would wean off the Effexor and try Wellbutrin instead. I lowered the amount of Effexor over 3 weeks till I wasn’t taking it any longer but started the Wellbutrin the last week of taking Effexor. After 3 days of no Effexor the withdrawals seemed to hit me. Headaches, nausea, extremely emotional, and bad dizziness. I had an important event to go to on day 3 of no Effexor so I took a low dose (37.5 mg) hoping to get me through the night. I felt decent for a couple days then boom, the withdrawal symptoms came on fully again. So I decided I would just try to go off both the Effexor and Wellbutrin because I didn’t want to go through this again and really wanted to see if I could handle life without them. Well it’s been a week without any Effexor but the dizziness and emotional outrages are still going on. I’ve been using Bonine (motion sickness) which does seem to help a little. My daughter mentioned the CBD oil which I was totally against at first but after doing a lot of research I am now quite interested in it.

I am not positive if I suffer from depression or anxiety. All I know is that I tend to be extremely emotional and have anger fits easily and often. The anti-depressants did help somewhat.

I know my withdrawal symptoms aren’t that bad compared to what others have gone through but it’s been a hard week and half! My husband will definitely agree!!

I’ll continue to look into the cbd oil but it might not be a fit for me because I read that it interfers with blood thinners which I am taking fur to a stroke and PEs.

I’m also still interested in hearing the experiences that others might have with the CBD!

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I have anger outbursts all the time also and extremely overwhelmed by little changes. I'm on meds for depression and OCD but why all the outbursts? It's like I can't control them. Does anyone have advice? Maria.

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@mommaof4

I’m sorry I think you have the wrong person. I’m not sure who Gail is. I haven’t been on here in so long I forget what my user name is. If this has meant for me I’ll be happy to help if I can.

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@mommaof4
Hi, I just happened to notice your confusion about who bravesurvivor was talking to. it looks like she was replying to someone else's post. It can be confusing to understand the workings of Connect at first. I'd recommend that you check out some of the links at the very bottom left side of this (or any) page, such as "About Connect" and "Getting started on Connect" and others. Things will clear up quickly I think. Believe me, I stumbled around for months because I didn't even know these help pages existed, but they really are helpful. Best, Hank

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@mariajean03

I have anger outbursts all the time also and extremely overwhelmed by little changes. I'm on meds for depression and OCD but why all the outbursts? It's like I can't control them. Does anyone have advice? Maria.

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@mariajean03 It sounds like having these anger outbursts are really frustrating to you. Have you done any writing or journaling, to see what the root of them might be? If you haven't yet, please let the dr know, who prescribed your meds for depression and OCD. It is important they know there might be a negative interaction that they can help you with.

Thinking about those outbursts, have you pinpointed down what each situation may have in common? Is it in a crowd? When a certain type person is around? Certain sounds or spaces? All this might be helpful to discover, and if you are doing any form of therapy, it might be uncovering some hidden things to work on.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@mariajean03 It sounds like having these anger outbursts are really frustrating to you. Have you done any writing or journaling, to see what the root of them might be? If you haven't yet, please let the dr know, who prescribed your meds for depression and OCD. It is important they know there might be a negative interaction that they can help you with.

Thinking about those outbursts, have you pinpointed down what each situation may have in common? Is it in a crowd? When a certain type person is around? Certain sounds or spaces? All this might be helpful to discover, and if you are doing any form of therapy, it might be uncovering some hidden things to work on.
Ginger

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Good luck. Could be meds, hidden anger, etc.

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@bravesurvivor

Hello, I also was on an anti depressant for 18 yrs. and stopped taking it (unfortunately)way to fast. I have tryed many other drugs since and have had no success. It's been 4 months since I took my last anti depressant and feel bad most days especially in the morning. I am looking at cbd oil and would love to hear from you about your antidepressant free life and how long it took you before you started to feel better and how the oil is going for you, and do you have a specific brand that you like?

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@bravesurvivor Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. 18 years is a long time to take an antidepressant and going off the medication too fast has resulted in your feeling bad most days. You are looking for people that have been in your position and have used CBD oil successfully.

May I ask why you went off of your antidepressant quickly and what your provider has to say about your feeling bad most days?

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@mommaof4

Hi
It definitely was the hardest road I ever had to travel. I hope you still find cbd to work for you. I do know that the more you take it the better you feel it just didn’t work for me. Just remember that it will take quite a few weeks to bind to your body, but don’t give up. You are strong and can get through it. It’s always when you feel like giving up where you need to tell yourself it’s all worth it. Take care and like I said any time you want to chat I’m here.

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@mommaof4 You had some very support words for others and it sounds like these words come from hard earned experience.

I wanted to check in. How are you doing?

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@erikas

@mommaof4 You had some very support words for others and it sounds like these words come from hard earned experience.

I wanted to check in. How are you doing?

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Hi Erika yes they do come from some very tough times. I’m glad to be able to help people with what I know has worked for me and will continue to do so as long as the help is wanted or needed. Thanks for checking in I appreciate it more then you know. Take care stay safe and happy holidays.

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@mariajean03

I have anger outbursts all the time also and extremely overwhelmed by little changes. I'm on meds for depression and OCD but why all the outbursts? It's like I can't control them. Does anyone have advice? Maria.

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I have no advice even though I have these outbursts. I have been told these are caused by PTSD. I do know these outbursts are more frequent and severe when I find myself in situations that caused the PTSD. So this is input and not advice.

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@parus

I have no advice even though I have these outbursts. I have been told these are caused by PTSD. I do know these outbursts are more frequent and severe when I find myself in situations that caused the PTSD. So this is input and not advice.

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@parus Your insight is very valuable. Thank you for sharing that with all of us! I am curious. When you have an outburst, even though you have been told it is a result of PTSD, are you able to remind yourself of that, and feel better? How do you handle your emotions and reactions that come to the foreground?
Ginger

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@gingerw I don't handle them in a healthy manner as I end up becoming destructive by destroying my own things as this does not harm others. I shatter and tear things then clean up the mess which helps me focus and calm back down. I know it may sound crazy but it works until the next blow-up. Found out today I need to go for another bladder biopsy and the hoops one navigates for this threw me into an outburst. The doctor won't do the biopsy under a local. the last sedation ended up with necrosis of my uvula. Not sure I can handle sedation with this fear dangling over me. He thinks it is scar tissue but wants to make sure. I think they are desperate for income.
Went off the original question. The surgery isn't scheduled until January 18. Have to go through a drive up swab thing at the pharmacy 2 days before. Overload for now.

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@parus

@gingerw I don't handle them in a healthy manner as I end up becoming destructive by destroying my own things as this does not harm others. I shatter and tear things then clean up the mess which helps me focus and calm back down. I know it may sound crazy but it works until the next blow-up. Found out today I need to go for another bladder biopsy and the hoops one navigates for this threw me into an outburst. The doctor won't do the biopsy under a local. the last sedation ended up with necrosis of my uvula. Not sure I can handle sedation with this fear dangling over me. He thinks it is scar tissue but wants to make sure. I think they are desperate for income.
Went off the original question. The surgery isn't scheduled until January 18. Have to go through a drive up swab thing at the pharmacy 2 days before. Overload for now.

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Hello @parus,

I'm so sorry to hear of the upcoming surgery. I can understand that this is as you say, "overload for now."

Do you have any tools to deal with this sense of overload? I'm thinking of things like writing about your feelings and the original experience that brought about your PTSD.

Not meaning to be giving advice, just some thoughts.

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@parus

@gingerw I don't handle them in a healthy manner as I end up becoming destructive by destroying my own things as this does not harm others. I shatter and tear things then clean up the mess which helps me focus and calm back down. I know it may sound crazy but it works until the next blow-up. Found out today I need to go for another bladder biopsy and the hoops one navigates for this threw me into an outburst. The doctor won't do the biopsy under a local. the last sedation ended up with necrosis of my uvula. Not sure I can handle sedation with this fear dangling over me. He thinks it is scar tissue but wants to make sure. I think they are desperate for income.
Went off the original question. The surgery isn't scheduled until January 18. Have to go through a drive up swab thing at the pharmacy 2 days before. Overload for now.

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@parus It sounds like you are destroying things instead of harming others. Safety of self and others is first. Right now how are you doing with feeling you can keep yourself safe and others safe around you?

What you are describing maybe intense emotional dysregulation.

Have you every heard of DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy? DBT helps build emotional regulation from the ground up, meets often for both group and one-on-one, and many programs offer crisis calls 24/7 (or certain day hours) in the beginning. These programs are online due to COVID-19.

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