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CBD Use and Are Anti-Depressants, Worth It?


Hey guys,

Has anyone had any experience with CBD use as far as pain relief? Maybe it a topical form - some type of lotion or cream?

No doctors in my area have any experience with it, but some family members who are avid users of marijuana in all forms really love it, and after doing some quick Googling it looks like it might help.

I’m asking as far as just general aches and pains, and for plantar fasciitis-like symptoms.

Be interested to know if anyone’s tried and recommends it or not.

Also, I’ve dealt with some anxiety and depression issues for the last several years. I’m 19. I’d say it started around age 15 or so. Nothing extreme - not daily anxiety attacks, not ever any thoughts of hurting myself or anyone else, but enough so that I’ve lost a lot of “motivation” (I don’t always like that word but it’s the best I could think of) and/or will power.

It really seems to affect my schoolwork and my sleep. I’m quite smart, and school comes easily to me, so it’s not that it got really hard and I got frustrated with it and stopped caring. And as far as sleep, I just mean I go through phases where all I want to do is sleep. I can barely get out of bed in the morning and throughout the day, I just want to not have to deal with anything/anyone and want to go to bed.

I have an appointment with a doctor in couple weeks to discuss it, and we’ll see what he says. My aunt took an antidepressant for a while, and she said it felt like a veil was lifted from her eyes. Like she couldn’t tell how depressed she’d been until she realized how much happier she was. I know my uncle has taken stuff for anxiety and had success. My pastor says he recommends it, as often it really can be a hormone imbalance and not just a matter of pushing through it. But I’ve heard from others that it wasn’t very succesful. And personally, taking a medication just doesn’t appeal to me.

Again, I’m not asking for a diagnosis or anything - I am meeting with a doctor and will discuss it then, and if offered a medication, will decide on my own. I’m just wondering what anyone’s experiences are with it and if they felt it helped or not.

If it matters, there is a strong history of quite bad depression (and anxiety) on both sides of my family, as well as very severe addictions issues. This is one of the main reasons why I don’t totally embrace the idea of medicating - while as far as I know no one gets addicted to antidepressants, I do try to stay away from medications since I have seen the dangers of other medicines. Adderall, Xanax, pain killers, etc.

Anyway, if you have experience with either CBD or antidepressants, please let me know your thoughts!


This is likely what you would be prescribed for anxiety. It’s not hard to get a Xanax prescription, but benzos are absolutely terrible, and what you’ve described more so than general anxiety is long term clinical depression. That type of depression isn’t going to be constant or necessarily involve suicidal thoughts, you will experience it in waves where you may, as you described, not want to do anything, and taking benzos will not help you in that sense - antidepressants will, and you should be open to what the doctor says.

I’ve smoked CBD oil before and it was very relaxing with a minimal narcotic effect, and gave me great relief with back pain I was experiencing. I don’t know if topical use would be more or less effective, and I bet it would help with minor aches and pains, but I’d hold off doing any self-medication until you figure out what’s going on with your mental health. Good luck, and I commend you for being brave enough to reach out for help.


Yes. It works. have used topicals.


Lovan worked well for me (Prozac, in other words).