I have had anxiety for the last 10 years. I have tried everything. I've been on numerous antidepressants and anxiolytics. I have gone to therapy. I've started exercising, I've tried meditation. I've changed my workplace, I've removed myself from toxic situations. I have literally tried everything there is to try. Recently, I've began thinking about CBD oils. I've never been a smoker, tried in my early college years, couldn't do it. However, I've read/done research on medical marijuana and CBD oil and I don't have a very good understanding of the chemical compounds of either product.
As a RN, I fear what any RN fears - losing their license. However, I don't know what else to try. As I've mentioned, I've had anxiety for the last 10-11 years of my life, with pharmaceutical and non pharmaceutical proving ineffective. I feel like CBD might be my last option? But, I'm concerned about drug testing and the sort. I've read conflicting reports about CBD oil and hemp and THC concentrations, etc. Obviously, 4 years ago when I first got my license testing positive for marijuana was cause for concern. Nowadays, I feel like not only is marijuana use more recreational than ever, the increased research and support it gets for being effective for certain medical treatments is becoming greater and greater.
My true question here (and I'm not looking for opinions on how to manage my anxiety in other ways, I am specifically asking about CBD oil/medical marijuana): If one can have a prescription for Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and other benzos, why so much criticism for someone having a prescription for CBD oil?
I've needed Ativan for my anxiety and I was never concerned that I would test + for benzos. But when thinking about CBD oil, which is legal in my state (along with medical marijuana), I get nervous about testing positive for THC.
I see a lot of backlash for people turning to medical marijuana/CBD oil because of issue of impairment and failed drug tests, but these are things that can occur when you take prescribed benzos and pain medications.
Why do you think that is or what do you think makes the difference? I ask this to see if it is more of a fear of the unknown (personal opinion) or more of a legal/ethical/regulatory concern.
I apologize for the long post.