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As many of you may already know, last year I decided to stop taking antidepressant medications after two (+) years of unsuccessful results. In that two (+) years of trying at least 20 different combinations of drugs it further complicated matters as my immune system became weakened and in turn created so many additional problems. When my husband and I approached my Psychiatrist at the time about our decision to stop my medications in order to give my body a much needed rest, he was not a willing participant however he agreed and began the difficult task of weaning me off all the drugs I was taking.
The process of weaning off many of these drugs can be a very slow and very painful one, but the damage they were causing my body was unfathomable in comparison. Many of the physical symptoms that manifested over the two (+) years began to disappear as the detox took place. What this meant for me was no more weekly or monthly visits to Rheumatologists, Dermatologists, Cardiologists, Gastroenterologists and a variety of other specialists. What this also meant for me was the uncertainty of “now what”? My Psychiatrist did urge me to try one more medication which ended in the same unfortunate result as all the prior attempts, including ECT and Ketamine during some of my hospital admissions.
Although I was no longer dealing with many of the physical issues anymore I was back to square one which led me to begin abusing my body in other ways to try and mask my depression and anxiety. Over the past year (+) I have spent a great deal of time researching other methods of recovery by reading one self-help book after another, trying medical marijuana and several other non-traditional techniques which led me to the discovery of CBD oil.
CBD which stands for Cannabidioil is a cannabis compound that is said to have a significant amount of medical benefits, without leaving you feeling “stoned” or change your state of mind and is being used as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and antipsychotic remedy. Researchers say that we are all born with cannabinoid receptors which are “located throughout the body and are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in a variety of physiological and central nervous system processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood, immune function, sleep, bone development and memory.”
CBD is quickly becoming a household name. It is a welcomed source of pain management for people trying to avoid taking harmful and sometimes deadly opiates; it has also been known to manage epileptic seizures; and is being used more and more as a therapeutic approach to Cancer, Lupus, Autism, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, MS, along with Heart / Liver & Kidney Diseases. Besides these amazing benefits CBD is also said to relieve inflammation in the body, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, nausea, migraines, skin conditions like psoriasis and acne, and many mental health conditions from OCD, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, bi-polar, depression & anxiety.
Recently I came upon a company in the States that was marketing CBD oil along with a number of other products, many of which contain CBD. I reached out to several individuals in the company and began researching the products, their affects, its legality and then read probably hundreds of testimonies. In the end, it was the testimonies that left me in tears and an even larger desire to try it for myself. As I have mentioned recently, my resources have run thin and I have been told time and time again that I have treatment resistant depression, so I figured why not?
My husband also encouraged me to give it a try after he too spent a great deal of time researching the oil as well as the company itself. It took about a week for the bottle of oil to arrive and that night I eagerly started taking it. I was told to start with the 500 mg bottle (I ordered the peppermint flavor), taking 5 drops under my tongue in the morning and 5 drops before bed. After a few days I began to increase it until I reached a therapeutic dose. I have now been taking it for a month and decided that was more than enough time to give a fair assessment. When I wake up in the morning feeling anxious, within minutes of taking my dose my heart palpitations subside and my nausea dissipates. I have never had this happen to me before with any other medication I have tried, not even when I have abused a recommended dose given by doctors. I am still taking it twice a day and take it more often when facing adversity or any type of social situation. I ordered a second bottle last week and I am awaiting its arrival along with a spray to help with sleep. I have increased it to the 750 mg bottle this time in hopes that it will begin to take control of my depression as well.
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