Does CBD oil help you with your depression and/or 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

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I used Effexor years ago with limited success, but the side effects were such that I just did not like how I felt…I was not as depressed but the side effects made it impossible for me to do my job at the time ( I rode horses for a living, and being "foggy" was NOT safe for myself nor the horses I rode for owners and in shows)…. I weaned off of it per Dr. instructions. I went on Wellbutrin last year to try and deal with depression again, but was sick every single day I was on it so weaned off it as prescribed as well. Right now my issue is insomnia related to depression, something I have battled MOST of my adult life. I do NOT want to go back on any antidepressants so instead am going to try some CBD products to try and cope with that part of my life. I am on blood pressure meds but my current group of doctors are not "fans" of CBD anything. At a minute and half away from 69, I am at a point I really do not care what the medical profession wants me to take for depression and will take my chances. Life is gonna go on whether I like it or not but if I do not start getting some regular sleep, my depression will be unbearable.

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I am 72 and she just turned 77 yesterday. she has had depression and CBD working well in taking the edge off and not impacting her COPD meds or blood thinners. I take it from time to time for bladder/colon spasms and works ok for me. get a good grade CBD not a gas station special. been taking it for past 3 years.

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We had a ranch in New Mexico several years ago. When I would have a manic attack, I would do things like this license plate door on a adobe workshop.

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Yes, I use a lower dose CBD oil, no THC. It does seem to help with daily anxiety. I feel happier and sleep well. It has no ill effects so can't hurt to try. I like the gummies. Some of the oils taste bad.

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CBD oil:
I am taking CBD oil and find good results. I use it in the morning for anxiety and at night for anxiety and sleep aid. It does not make you feel cloudy or drowsy at all. It just keeps things on an equilibrium so that you are better able to cope. I was not taking it daily, but being isolated has increased my anxiety levels ten-fold, and I have been using it daily. In Canada, you can get the CBD oil with 'marijuana', but I get just the CBD oil. No reason other than I am apprehensive getting the other. I am told the combo works very well for those who take it. Gives them a bit of a high, but nothing like just plain MJ. I would recommend CBD oil for anyone suffering with anxiety.
I was on anti-depressants for 25 years and weaned off them completely Dec 25/19. Anxiety went through the roof, and I got the CBD oil on the advice of my son. It has really helped me. I don't want to go on anti-depressants ever again. Getting off was extremely hard

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I have been using CBD oil. I started when I weaned off anti-depressant (valinofaxin) – last pill was December 25/19. Now with the Covid19 crisis and being in isolation, it is the deal breaker. I find with the anxiety my heart flutters when it is bad. The CBD oil seems to calm that down, as well as keeps the tears at bay. I take it in the morning and before I go to bed. use more at night to help with sleep. I use the spray – I just tried the dropper kind and I do not like it at all. The flavour and the oily consistency just set me back. The spray has no flavour and is not oily. I see some people use the water, and I would like to try but have not seen it here. Live in Canada.

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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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you and I sound very much alike. I have been off my antidepressants(have tried many since effexor quit 2 1/2 years ago) for 4 months and still don't have any good days.. i don't know if I will ever feel like I did when I was on the effexor for 18 years before it quit working. If I felt half as good as when it was working I would be happy. I also take attivan, but am at 3 mg. a day just to help me through the anxiety. My worst time is first thing in the morning(usually awake at 4;00 I assume from trying so many drugs) and it is bad till noon and sometimes improves by evening. I have been told depending on how long you have been on antidepressants that it can take up to 6 mths to a year to feel better. I don't mean to sound like a downer but am stating what I have read. If you are still following any replies as you were posting in 2018 I would be interested where you are now with the cbd oil and meds.

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@nannyned

CBD oil:
I am taking CBD oil and find good results. I use it in the morning for anxiety and at night for anxiety and sleep aid. It does not make you feel cloudy or drowsy at all. It just keeps things on an equilibrium so that you are better able to cope. I was not taking it daily, but being isolated has increased my anxiety levels ten-fold, and I have been using it daily. In Canada, you can get the CBD oil with 'marijuana', but I get just the CBD oil. No reason other than I am apprehensive getting the other. I am told the combo works very well for those who take it. Gives them a bit of a high, but nothing like just plain MJ. I would recommend CBD oil for anyone suffering with anxiety.
I was on anti-depressants for 25 years and weaned off them completely Dec 25/19. Anxiety went through the roof, and I got the CBD oil on the advice of my son. It has really helped me. I don't want to go on anti-depressants ever again. Getting off was extremely hard

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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

you and I sound very much alike. I have been off my antidepressants(have tried many since effexor quit 2 1/2 years ago) for 4 months and still don't have any good days.. i don't know if I will ever feel like I did when I was on the effexor for 18 years before it quit working. If I felt half as good as when it was working I would be happy. I also take attivan, but am at 3 mg. a day just to help me through the anxiety. My worst time is first thing in the morning(usually awake at 4;00 I assume from trying so many drugs) and it is bad till noon and sometimes improves by evening. I have been told depending on how long you have been on antidepressants that it can take up to 6 mths to a year to feel better. I don't mean to sound like a downer but am stating what I have read. If you are still following any replies as you were posting in 2018 I would be interested where you are now with the cbd oil and meds.

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Hi bravesurvivor I get an alert on my email so I can reply. Actually I no longer take anything. Two years ago I was kicked out of my psychiatrist office, I was going through health issues and missed an appointment and forgot to let them know and when I tried to make an appointment again they told me not only that my psychiatrist was no longer there but I wasn’t allowed back because I was a no call no show. I’ was upset about it but I’m very thankful for that today. It took me one year to go through all the withdrawals from quitting the meds cold turkey. That was a horrible time I was sick all the time trying to get them out of my system. In the meantime I felt that I needed to take something because my body was conditioned to believe it needed something I was on the meds for so long. I remember thinking that I wanted to start doing something natural that’s where I tried cbd but it never worked. So I found meditation and yoga, that was what got me feeling better. I know it doesn’t sound like it would work but two years later and still not on meds or cbd and I’m happy with no anxiety or depression. I’m realizing how much time of my life I missed just going through the motions like a zombie, I literally don’t remember a lot of that time it’s black like I was in a coma. I wouldn’t change what I’m doing now for anything I’m back to my old self again with real emotions that I never felt before , able too do and say things I remember the next day and no zombie. I wish you lots of luck in your journey and if you ever need anything don’t hesitate to ask I’m here to help anyone that wants it. 💙

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