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

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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Hi, all — as there has been a lot of discussion in this thread about using CBD oil and marijuana (prescribed or otherwise) 1) to control depression and anxiety or 2) to treat side effects of tapering off of antidepressants, we requested input from a Mayo Clinic pharmacist on the topic.

She recommended the following resource from the Minnesota Department of Health: http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/patients/patientinfosheet.pdf, which talks about warnings for using medical marijuana. In this info sheet you'll find sections about:
– Risks for use by children, adolescents, and young adults
– Risk for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
– Risk of psychotic episodes and psychotic disease
– Risk of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
– Risks for use by persons with serious heart or liver disease
– Risk of dependence and addiction

The pharmacist also mentioned that one would assume risks to be greater when used without medical oversight (e.g., CBD oil, cannabis water, etc.) She indicated that it’s important to remember that this could be an addictive substance, so using it to “wean” off other addictive substances may just be trading one addiction for another.

The info sheet also includes information about:
– Driving, operating machinery, or doing work that could harm people when under the influence of medical cannabis
– Advice on starting low, going slow
– Keeping medications secure and in their original containers
– Sharing with or selling cannabis to others

I hope this helps with some of the questions people were asking.

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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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The most important aspect of going off any psych med, or any med, really, is ALWAYS to titration down SLOWLY. When one does not slowly, over the course of 1-2 weeks ( depending on your original dosage) titrare or reduce the dosage one experiences all the original symptoms you were treating fully, but one experiences the withdrawal effects of the meds… which sounds like your experience. CBD is a really incredible way to treat anxiety, and many of the PTSD symptoms. It’s a challenge to find a doc in MN to “certify” you for the purchase of this “medical marijuana” treatment. (I prefer to call it cannabis treatment as the term “marijuana” is loaded with culturally negative connotations, and also when one is treated with medical cannabis it truly is no longer the “marijuana” one buys on the street or we used to smoke in days gone by.)
I have found my cannabis treatment a MIRACLE when treating many types of pain I experience, from ortho pain to anxiety and pain from fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
Find a doc who’ll certify you, then begin trying the different types of treatment.
Blessings, and I hope you find relief!

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@cdcc

@parus i just got my certification for medical marijuana. Upon buying what was recommended I was given CBD oil, I’ve not been on it a week yet today will be my fourth day of using it. It takes about 1/2 hour to work but it seems to help. They also gave me a cannabinol patch to use at night fir the severe itch in my head from the shingles. Also a vape two puffs as needed for the itch break through which I have not tried yet. I’m a bit anxious about using it.

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It’s WORTH any fear you may hVe. It works so quickly that in a few minutes you’ll even forget you had the pain. I used the vape exclusively, and it’s amazing! Best wishes!

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How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

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@robertc074

How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

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@robertc074 and @jameswhite15

Welcome to the Mayo Connect community. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional. I can offer the benefit of my experience and my support, but cannot diagnose your issues nor prescribe a medical solution. The entire Mayo Connect community offers support and encouragement where they can. We also share our feelings and experience that we may not feel safe sharing at home.

Can you please share with us:
– the condition you want to use CBD to resolve?
– In what state do you live?
– Do you have a prescription for medical marijuana?
– Have you used medical marijuana previously?

I have never tried to purchase CBD oil through the mail. If customs is involved, it sounds as if you are purchasing yours from outside the United States. Is that true?

I see that @jameswhite15 also offered you a URL below.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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@lisalucier

Hi, all — as there has been a lot of discussion in this thread about using CBD oil and marijuana (prescribed or otherwise) 1) to control depression and anxiety or 2) to treat side effects of tapering off of antidepressants, we requested input from a Mayo Clinic pharmacist on the topic.

She recommended the following resource from the Minnesota Department of Health: http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/patients/patientinfosheet.pdf, which talks about warnings for using medical marijuana. In this info sheet you'll find sections about:
– Risks for use by children, adolescents, and young adults
– Risk for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
– Risk of psychotic episodes and psychotic disease
– Risk of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
– Risks for use by persons with serious heart or liver disease
– Risk of dependence and addiction

The pharmacist also mentioned that one would assume risks to be greater when used without medical oversight (e.g., CBD oil, cannabis water, etc.) She indicated that it’s important to remember that this could be an addictive substance, so using it to “wean” off other addictive substances may just be trading one addiction for another.

The info sheet also includes information about:
– Driving, operating machinery, or doing work that could harm people when under the influence of medical cannabis
– Advice on starting low, going slow
– Keeping medications secure and in their original containers
– Sharing with or selling cannabis to others

I hope this helps with some of the questions people were asking.

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@lisalucier

Thanks for posting the link to the Minnesota Department of Health medical sheet on marijuana. I noticed there are several contradictions between the document and the CNN Documentary about "WEED" that was recently televised. The documentary disputed, based on research, the idea that marijuana is addictive and/or a "gateway drug". Since the use of Marijuana and it's derivatives is still experimental, I think these discrepancies will be resolved with further research and use. I know it has been shown in studies and anecdotally to help people withdraw successfully from opioids.

As we know from experience, each person's response to drugs of any kind is highly variable. My husband uses medical marijuana with high THC, but has no problem stopping use suddenly, i.e., while we were on 15 days of vacation, without any "withdrawal" symptoms. He even commented on that fact when we got home. Also, since cancer patients rather famously use marijuana to reduce the nausea caused by chemotherapy, I wonder about the statement in the information sheet that marijuana can cause nausea. Again, individual reactions vary. And, the risk of "cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome" is new to me. I know that I react strongly to marijuana that I have vaped. I don't like it as I get too high even with one inhalation. I only use it rarely orally so I know exactly how much I have taken. I have more control over and can adjust the dose according to how I feel.

Last, I will search for an information sheet from California to be aware of any warnings it may contain. Some skepticism I have on the Minnesota information sheet is because marijuana was so badly and mistakenly maligned by the government in the past. I look forward to the day when enough research has been done to give definitive results to individuals.

Warm regards,
Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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