cbd oil for anxiety and depression uk

CBD for anxiety & depression

At Golfer’s CBD we avoid making medical claims about CBD. We’ve summarised some of our findings below when researching CBD as a treatment for anxiety and depression.

Anxiety and depression are mental health disorders with devastating impacts on health and well-being. 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer some form of mental health problem every year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that depression is the primary contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are rank sixth.

Anxiety and depression are generally treated with pharmaceutical drugs that can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache; and some pharmaceuticals used to treat these conditions have proven addictive.

CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, making it a highly sought natural alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Animals studies have shown CBD has antidepressant-like effects.
In humans, CBD has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing public speaking anxiety, treating insomnia and anxiety in children with PTSD.

While the mechanism of action of CBD in the brain has not been conclusively demonstrated, volumes of anecdotal and some clinical work suggest CBD acts on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.

Players suffering anxiety-based conditions on the golf course have reported a significant reduction in symptoms when using broad spectrum oil. We believe limonene and cannabigerol are contributing to this effect.

If you considering trying CBD to help with mental health and we can provide information, support or answer any concerns you might have please contact us via DM’s or by email to [email protected]

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Mum drowning in sea of depression ‘cured’ by Glasgow company’s cannabis oil

49-year-old Christine Slaven said she used to feel like a “zombie” while suffering from anxiety and depression – but after taking six months worth of cannabis oil drops, she is medication free and has started her much-loved wild swimming again.

  • 16:37, 24 NOV 2021
  • Updated 13:28, 25 NOV 2021

A mum has said her depression and anxiety has been 'cured' after taking drops of medicinal cannabis oil from a Glasgow-based company.

49-year-old Christine Slaven had been living with depression and anxiety for 15 years.

Despite being prescribed the anti-depressant drug, Fluoxetine, then Pramipexol for Restless Legs Syndrome and the sleeping tablet, Amitriptyline, she continued to 'live under a dark cloud that was controlling her life'.

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She says she felt like 'a zombie' and it took all her time to force herself to go out of her house – but six months ago Christine started taking four drops of CBD oil from a Glasgow-based twice a day, and says it has 'turned her life around'.

Christine explained: “I’d been suffering from depression for many years and when my mum died in 2020 I was heartbroken and distraught, which made my depression extremely uncontrollable. The anxiety I felt took over my whole life.

“I felt like I was shut down and all my emotions had been taken away. And the tablets I was taking made me feel like a zombie.

“I hated being like that because I have three kids to look after and a job as an Early Years Practitioner in a local authority children’s nursery. It made me feel like I didn’t want to leave the house.

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“I wasn’t happy and I knew I couldn’t carry on my life like this. I didn’t want to be that person any more. I just wanted something to make me feel normal."

Now, she says she's found a new lease of life.

Christine said: “I started to take the CBD oil to see if it would help me and when I realised the difference it was making to my health, I was able to stop taking all my prescription tablets. I was really surprised how effective it was and I’m so grateful for how it has helped me.

“I didn’t want to be on these prescription tablets for the rest of my life, as they made my Restless Legs Syndrome a lot worse and I had to take yet another tablet for that condition.

“Even the withdrawal symptoms from stopping taking anti-depressants were nowhere near as bad as they were when I had previously tried to come off the tablets thanks to the oil.

“Before when I tried to come off the anti-depressants I would get terrible brain zaps and they were so bad I’d go back on the tablets.”

Nutrivive is run by brothers John and Harry McDonough and their CBD oil contains cannabidiol, which is the part of the cannabis plant with pain relieving, calming and healing properties.

The oil is legal, safe and non-addictive, as it doesn’t contain the THC compound that gives the ‘high’ associated with smoking cannabis, or taking the drug in other forms.

Medical cannabis like Nutrivive was legalised in the UK in November 2018.

Christine says has even been able to take up wild swimming again, which was one of her passions prior to her anxiety diagnosis.

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She added: “I loved swimming when I was a teenager and have swam every week since then. When I was walking my dog on a beach in Ayrshire, I looked at the water and thought how much I would love to swim in the sea.

“I’d heard about a group called Wild Sea Women who meet up at various beaches and swim in the sea. I found out they were meeting at Irvine Beach one day and I drove to a nearby car park.

“As I’m sitting in the car watching the women getting ready to go in the water I started feeling anxious and that stopped me in my tracks. I couldn’t make myself get out the car and I didn’t have the courage to go down to the beach, introduce myself and tell the group I wanted to join.

“I know it sounds unbelievable, but taking CBD oil has made me feel brave and I eventually plucked up the courage to join the group. Now I regularly go swimming in the sea as well as in my local swimming pool three or four times a week.”

Next year, Christine is going to take part in a charity 1.7 mile swim in the sea between the Isle of Cumbrae and Largs to raise money for the Gillian’s Saltire Appeal – a charity that provides respite care for people who are living with cancer and their families.