Medication Monday: CBD

It is Monday, which of course means that today’s post is another installment of Medication Monday. Today, I am talking about cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is legal across all 50 states.

While it won’t get you high, it has shown considerable promise in managing a variety of mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety. It also shows some potential as a pain reliever and is also used to treat seizures, particularly those caused by childhood epilepsy syndromes like Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which are often resistant to anti-seizure medications.

It is an attractive alternative to prescription medications, which often come with a parade of horrible and unwanted side effects. Side effects of CBD include fatigue, nausea, and irritability. It is also attractive because it is available over the counter, meaning you don’t have to wait for a doctor’s appointment to get a prescription written.

On a personal note, I have experimented with CBD to help with my depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, it did little to address my anxiety issues or my depressive episodes. Instead, it just made me a little sleepier than usual. However, part of the inspiration for this post is the fact that I am reconsidering my use of CBD as an alternative to a sleep aid when on nights my my depression or anxiety give rise to insomnia, which is unfortunately something I have been struggling with of late. 

I also don’t want to discourage you from trying CBD. My anxiety and my depression is not your anxiety or your depression. Just because CBD didn’t work for me the way I wanted it to, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. However, I will simply add my regular disclaimer, which is that I am not a doctor, nor should Medication Monday ever be considered a substitute for medical advice. Rather, I am writing about the different medications that are available purely for informative purposes in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health medications and inform individuals who might be suffering of some of the options that are out there.

If you have used CBD to help manage mental illnesses, I would love to hear from you. As always, you can reach out through the comment section below or through the contact page, above.

And as always thanks for reading.

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