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

Hi, I haven't written for a while. I've been on cbd oil hempworx and Lazarus for 1 month. At this point I a using 30 drops and is helping with sleep and inflammation. I want to lower the zoloft but waiting to see better results. I finished my first cbd oil high spectrum tincture bottle. I want to try the cbd oil that is available in my country Ecuador. The only problem is that they sell with 3% thc (the lowest) mostly to cancer patients. I am worried about any "high" feeling I can get on it and how many drops to use for depression. Is 3% thc too much? Thanks

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@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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@lorena1egas

I'm other sure about the 3% information. I recommend that you get a dropper that is marked with. 25, .50, .75, and 1.0 ml doses. Then start with .25 mL only, hold under your tongue for 15 seconds. It may take 2 hours before you feel any effects. Then based on how you feel, take more or less until you have the relaxation you are seeking. There isn't much information out there about dosages, so you just have to experiment until you find what works for you. Start small so you don't get overwhelmed. You can't really overdose, but I have felt anxiety when I got too high once–that wasn't pleasant. Best of luck with this. Please follow up and let us know how it's working for you. Also, keep in mind that I'm not a medical professional, so I'm offering you my experience only.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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Hi Lorena, I am on a very mild anxiety med that I take each day, but my doctor has given me a prescription for Alprazolam to take when I become too filled with anxiety because it causes my blood pressure to go very high. He jokingly said I should use it only as a "fire extinguisher". Working so far. 🙂

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@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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Thanks for your answer. I am afraid because the over the counter cbd oil in USA is with just 0,3% thc. It's the only one I have tried aND lover it. 3% thc is already medical marihuana and is used more for cancer patients at my country Ecuador. I am scared because of its psychoactive properties

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@liz223

Hi Lorena, I am on a very mild anxiety med that I take each day, but my doctor has given me a prescription for Alprazolam to take when I become too filled with anxiety because it causes my blood pressure to go very high. He jokingly said I should use it only as a "fire extinguisher". Working so far. 🙂

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I thought you were on an antidepressant

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@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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@lorena1egas

I use the 3% medical Marijuana that I recommended you take .25 ml dropper of. Try that dose. If you feel too much of a high, then take less. That amount works for me with very little psychoactive result. Don't be afraid of it, you can't overdose and it won't hurt you. Just try it when you are at home and are in a place where you feel safe.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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@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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Thanks so much Gail. I'll follow your recommendations. I was afraid of the psycoactive effects of the thc. I wI'll post results.

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@stressedmesseddepressed

Glad you're off that stuff and sorry to hear about the hell of cold turkey on that stuff. I've had a taste of that horror missing doses of a benzo, clonazepam, and now tapering slowly over 5 months. The other things – weed psychological addiction, sugar, caffeine, gonna white knuckle the weed as I'm out soon and saving to take the bar exam. I'm going to try using CBD oil as I heard it's effective at reducing anxiety, lifting mood, and so on. Thank you for sharing and wishing you, too, and us all, good health and peace. Will ask my pharmacist about expected withdrawal. Thank you!

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Have you tried CBD oil yet and if you have how are you doing on it? I have purchased it and will start on it tomorrow. I am tapering off a Benzo (Serax). I am tapering low and slow and am under the guidance of my Psychiatrist who also is with me on trying the CBD.

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I have been using cbd oil for anxiety for 2 years and i want to say that its the best thing that has happened with me in years.
https://allcbdoilbenefits.com/best-cbd-oil-anxiety-reviews/

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CBD is perfect for anxiety. I’ve tried many prescription and homeopathic remedies for anxiety, but with no effect. I think CBD oil is the best thing ever. After 20 min of vaping it I started calming down, I no longer felt hopeless and I actually felt like eating. No head ache, and I feel calm. It has not yet got me to the
100% where I want to be at but it’s better than nothing. I’m hoping this could help me through my hard time and I won’t have to take my medication. The good thing about CBD oil that is non-psychoactive therefore, you will not get high
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19228180
https://www.nature.com/articles/npp20116
https://cbdreamers.com/cbd-oil-for-anxiety-and-depression

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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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Gail, I am in search of Living Water! It is not available in the state I reside in, so I’m looking elsewhere. How long can you safely use the water? Is it in any way addictive? I’m excited about hopefully getting some relief from these anxiety attacks of mine!

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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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@annedodrill44

CBD and even Marijuana are not addictive in any way. You can use CBD in Living Water or any form for as long as you want to. I'm actually preferring the CBD tincture now, as I can take a larger dose and it works better for me. I dont use it very often anymore, just when
I'm having pain. It works better than Tramadol for me. You should be able to order the CBD Living Water online if you can't find it locally. Just Google it. I think CBD is legal nearly everywhere now.

I recommend that you look for the CNN Special called "Weed, Part 4", with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and watch it. You should be able to find it on the MSNBC website. It was shown on cable TV a couple of weeks ago. It was very informative and will give you positive information about how helpful CBD and Marijuana are for anxiety, seizures, withdrawal from opioids, and other things that are being researched currently. I had already figured out that CBD helped me withdraw from Tramadol, and was working for my anxiety during that time. It was great to have that confirmed officially by research.

Good luck with your research.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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To everyone interested in the use of CBD and Marijuana and their effects, please watch the Full CNN Documentary, Weed Part 4 with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, April 30, 2018. It's on YouTube -Cannabis Saves Lives. This is an excellent documentary and will calm your fears about using either CBD, or THC. Great research has been done and is continuing. I have no concerns about using as much CBD tincture as I need to help with anxiety and pain.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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@gailb

To everyone interested in the use of CBD and Marijuana and their effects, please watch the Full CNN Documentary, Weed Part 4 with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, April 30, 2018. It's on YouTube -Cannabis Saves Lives. This is an excellent documentary and will calm your fears about using either CBD, or THC. Great research has been done and is continuing. I have no concerns about using as much CBD tincture as I need to help with anxiety and pain.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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@gailb It is the smoking of thus (also illegal here) that has caused my concern. Supposedly the oil is legal in all states. Doubtful insurance would pay for thus and I take only one med for hypothyroidism that insurance will not pay for and know to not mention pain lest I be seen as a criminal.
I have been doing some reading and mostly get confused. Will check into the youtube thing. Thanks again Gail!!!

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@parus

Some people vape the CBD oil, which is legal everywhere. However, I don't like vaping or smoking anything as I've tried and it hurts my throat and lungs. I have the hunch that it's not good to put anything in my lungs. I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for 17 years and quit cold turkey in 1982. Marijuana helped me quit cigarettes at the time, but I didn't smoke it often due to it being illegal at the time.

I put the CBD oil under my tongue and hold it there for about 30 seconds before swallowing it. It takes longer to have effect then, but it does work. For immediate mild effects, CBD Living Water works immediately.

You're right, insurance won't pay for anything connected to Cannabis. I'm surprised it doesn't pay for your thyroid med. Are you on Medicare? I am, and they pay for my Levothyroxin that I take for my thyroid. It's the generic for Synthroid. Also, perhaps you need an adjustment in the mcg. you are taking. I was being prescribed way too much for several years and had a lot of side effects. My new Endocrinologist cut it nearly in half and had me stop taking it completely for a week or two (can't remember how long). I was worried to learn that overdosing it can cause bone thinning! I don't need that at my age! I hope you get good information from the documentary.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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