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Oct 26, 2018 · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@stephanieann
In an earlier post, I mentioned the Facebook page called "Cbdoilusersgroup" you can look at. I understand that if you look under product reviews, that many companies offer product discounts for service members & disabilities. I do not sell or promote any of these. I just use cbd oil for 4 months now myself. Hope this helps.

Oct 17, 2018 · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I have been using cbd oils successfully for 4 months now & finding great relief for anxiety & stress. I have joined a Facebook group called cbdoilusersgroup. You can get some good info in there about cbd & related products. After you request to join & approval, you can go to the top of the main page where there is a "search" line where you can put in your "ailment" & search thru all the posts that concern you. I have learned a lot about cbd & many sources for it by reading these posts. Most important thing w cbd is to have patience & educate yourself on the different types of oils, gummies, capsules, vapes, etc. Let me know if I can help; I've become a big believer as it has done wonders for me!

Aug 23, 2018 · today i taper (effexor) in Mental Health

@chinupjenna
I begin my 2nd taper on it next week. Tapered down already from 300mg to 150mg starting last February. I had to taper off Gabapentin before trying to finally get off the effexor for good.
I'll be thinking of you!!!

Aug 21, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@jakedduck1
Good morning!
I thank you for your concern & your taking the time to write.
I can only wish that my PCP (the guy that "practices medicine" on me) had as much concern 11 months ago when he started experimenting on me with his list of benzos to see which one worked.
I can only wish that the psychiatrist that I saw during my 8-day stay at the hospital for severe panic attacks had as much concern before he steadily increased my "poisons" to 1800mgs of Gabapentin & 300mgs of Effexor.
I can only wish that the very well known, established spine specialist that did my back surgery 22 months ago had warned me that I MIGHT experience depression & anxiety when I came off the oxycodone that he prescribed for post surgery pain.
I can gratefully report that today I have no back pain. I sit here with 2 18" titanium rods implanted along both sides of my spine along with all the assorted u-bolts & nuts that secure them to my fused spine. Had had started having severe lower back pain 4 years ago from my scoliosis (curvature of the spine) that was getting worse & pinching nerves in my lower back. My spine specialist told me I had 3 choices. I could take pain pills or get spinal injections the rest of my life or I could let him correct the curvature in my spine. After much research, I opted for the surgery. With 2 surgeons operating on me for 10 hours straight, I came out with a 50% correction in that curve & NO back pain today! Truly a miracle!
I'm assuming here that you may have read my reply to @texasduchess last week as that is the only post I have made on here. I have been reading posts on this forum for about 3 months now. I have done a lot of research the past 11 months on these meds that I was prescribed because of the immediate horrendous side effects they brought me. Yes, at the time they were prescribed, I truly needed them. I was scared to death when I started having the anxiety & panic attacks & they helped me get over that hump.
But the side effects from these drugs were awful & included tight rigid muscles along both sides of my spine, wild, vivid, crazy dreams (up to 3 & 4 per night), awful sweating at night, dizziness, brain fog & headaches. I knew immediately that the meds had caused them because I took no other medications at the time. I wanted off the meds!
I started researching the cbd product options several months ago. I personally understand that they are not an option that many will take these days. Although many new studies are being done today on this alternative natural medicine, I can not have that guy with the long white coat on that "practices" on me just write out a script for me. My PCP knows that I am using the cbd alternative & says "go for it if it works for you". And it is working for me. I have less anxiety, more clarity, want to be creative again & my weird sense of humor are coming back since beginning them about 6 weeks ago.
To answer your question about the THC ingredient, I can only tell my experience. Everyone is different & will metabolize it differently. When I had done my research on CBDs, I saw a Board Certified Neurologist that I had heard about near where I live. He has a practice now that has a shop out in front of his clinic. He prescribes pharma meds as well as alternative, herbal, natural medicines these days. When I left his practice that day, I had a 1 oz. bottle of CBD oil with THC in my hot little hand. I took that potion for a month starting with micro-dosing as he prescribed. The minor effects of it were noticeable immediately as I was calmer within days. There was a bigger, better outcome as I dosed up to the 30mg/day I use now but it took 2 to 3 weeks to really feel it fully. I was introduced to HB gummies as I read more about these products. 2 gummies at night worked better to get me off to sleep. So then I ended up buying HB CBD oil for my 2nd bottle because they have no THCs in them. The THC is minimal (.3%) legally here in my state but I did notice a better result for me with no THC so I've stuck with that for now.
Sorry to drag on so long here, Jake; it seems it's just one of my many character defects. Haha! But wanted to explain to you that I had done my "due diligence" before trying any alternative med like CBD oils. Cannabis has been around for 1000s of years & been used medicinally. From my research, Effexor has been around maybe 20 years. The long term "brain effects" from it are still unknown too. I take care of my 87 y.o. mother these days that is a full blown Alzheimer's patient. She has been on Effexor for almost 20 years. There's no taking her off it these days as it would probably kill her. I do have a lot of stress with managing her business affairs & caring for her these days but wouldn't have it any other way! So for me, I'm looking to reduce my anxieties in a more natural, less addicting manner; thus CBDs for me right now. I'm off the Gabapentin now as of 2 weeks ago. In another 2 weeks, I'll start tapering again from my current 150mg of Effexor. I WILL do it very slowly this time as suggested in this forum. I'm nervous about it but feel much better since finding this site! You may see more of me on here at that point…
Thanks again for your concern.
Ellen

Aug 19, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@texasduchess
You might want to Google "what is the difference between hemp oil extract and cbd oil". I'm pretty sure I read that hemp oil (although it comes from the same plant species) is different from cbd oil. Think I remember that the hemp oil is a lighter version of the more medicinal type cbd. Not sure how well that would work w anxiety. My Hemp Bombs 1000mg cbd oil says "100% CBD oil" w other ingredients listed below that as "hemp oil, grape seed oil & mct oil" (whatever that is…). I will also check w my neighbor; she's gotten both her kids on cbd for anxiety & I think her son ordered hemp oil from Amazon.
I'm definitely not trying to sell HB products here but I have given several gummies to friends, hairdresser & pedicurist. It's an inexpensive way to see if it works for you. I 1st got HB gummies in a little 5 pack at the smoke store for $10. Took 1/2, then 1, then 1 1/2 on consecutive nights for sleep. I'm told they also sell the little packs in gas stations & convenience stores but I haven't seen them here in Tennessee.
During the day, i take 1/3 dropper x 3/day. Feels like it's working good right there for me. So that is about 30mgs per day.
Let me know if you have any questions. Hope the above helped. Just keep in mind it'll take several weeks usually to fully kick in but you should feel a little something right away.

Aug 19, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@texasduchess
I want to thank you for your posts on here. I have been reading in this forum for 2 months now & flagged you because of your good advice, nutrition & diet suggestions & links.
Brief history: I started 300mgs of effexor & 1800mg of Gabapentin 10 months ago when I began having anxiety attacks that worked into panic attacks. Those attacks started after I weaned off oxycodone that I was on for 6 months after major spine surgery to correct my severe scoliosis. In February, I foolishly started to taper on my own slowly. Mistake that ended me up in the ER.
Got online & Googled "effexor withdrawals" which brought me to this group. Needless to say, I'm following my PCP's advice these days.
Two weeks ago I finished the taper & am off the 1800mg Gabapentin now. PCP wants me to wait a month before starting effexor taper again. I'm nervous about that as I have already tapered to 150mg from the original 300mg. This time i plan to do it very slowly as recommended in here.
I just want to share with you what I have done to help w my anxiety this past 5 wks now. My nextdoor neighbor & I (she's 72 & I'm 65) started using cbd oil products. She takes it for pain from neuropathy & fibromyalgia; I take it for anxiety. We are both having good outcomes. I don't think I'd have finished tapering from the Gabapentin near as easily if I hadn't started the cbd oil.
From your posts on here, it sounds like you do a lot of research. That's what you'll need to do w cbd because there are so many out there that are better for different ailments. I also joined a Facebook group called "CBD oil users group" (no spaces) & have learned a lot from those posts. This past week, they started a new group for "CBD oil users for anxiety". I joined it too. I read in these posts mostly for product recommendations. But since everyone's metabolism is different, the same product may not work for all. You have to be willing to experiment a bit even after researching. I'm on my 2nd bottle of oil now & find it better than the 1st 1 I tried. I'm also taking the same brand gummies at night for sleep. They work great & I haven't had to take but 1 1mg ativan at night since starting the cbd stuff. I'm sold on it. Others may not be or are "offed" by the stigma of it. That's ok too but for me it has completely changed my demeanor. I haven't felt this good mentally in years! More energy, more clarity & even happy again! My sense of humor is even coming back.
I didn't mean to drag on so long here. I want to thank you again for your posts on here & I can only hope that I can be a smidgen if that hope to you & others. And if I can answer any questions on cbd oils, I'll try. I am surely no expert either but have & will continue to do a lot of reading up on cbd.
Have a good week!