Can CBD interfere with your daily medication

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Understanding cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound made from cannabis. CBD isn’t psychoactive, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the other byproduct of cannabis.

CBD is thought to activate serotonin receptors. It plays a role in:

Because of that, there are some questions about how it may impact a user’s life ― specifically if they’re taking drugs for other health issues. Here’s what experts know so far:

Researchers suspect CBD could interact with most medications:

Researchers have said that almost 60% of the medications are metabolised through a certain set of liver enzymes called - Cytochrome P450/ CYP450 that are co incidentally the same exact enzymes that are known to break down CBD. This means that if you consume CBD while you are on other medications, it could possibly block these critical enzymes and allow more medication to get to your system.

For example, medications like benzodiazepines (or benzos) like Xanax or Ativan, which are used to treat anxiety. If CBD is taken in conjunction with one of these drugs, it could increase the side effects and potentially cause you to feel more sedated or drowsy. In some rare cases, the drug combo may become toxic or even interfere with your respiratory system. Doctors suspect that certain antibiotics and even NSAIDs (think Aleve or Advil) are altered by CBD consumption as well.

How intensely this all plays out in your body mainly depends on the dosage of both the medication and the CBD that you’re taking. “If the concentration of CBD is high enough, it could inhibit the activity of those enzymes, so you would get more of the other drug getting into your system,”.

On the flip side, very low amounts of CBD don’t seem to have that much of an effect on how well your body processes other medications. But unfortunately, there hasn’t been enough research to determine how much CBD is considered safe.

Other factors could also influence how CBD does or doesn’t affect your medication

The timing of when you take both the CBD and any other medications can also be a factor in how the drugs may interact in your body.

The form of CBD also matters

The way you use CBD — whether orally, sublingually or topically — also contributes to the interaction with medication. It all boils down to how much of the substance makes its way to the bloodstream, which varies based on the method.

 

When ingested, CBD has to go through the gastrointestinal system, which reduces some of the absorption in the bloodstream before it makes its way to the liver where those very important enzymes are.

The least potent route is through the skin. The amount of CBD your body absorbs and sends to the bloodstream through the skin is likely negligible, according to Henry. Therefore, chances are low that you’ll experience any sort of interaction with your medication when using CBD topically, like through a lotion or cream.

Conclusion

It is advised to stay away from CBD if you’re taking medications that are metabolized by those same liver enzymes, such as certain anti-anxiety drugs or blood thinners. If you’re unsure, it’s always smart to talk to your physician before throwing CBD into the mix. If you’re set on taking CBD, your doctor may be able to adjust the dose of your other medications. While CBD does seem relatively OK to use ― and many people find it helps to support with their health concerns ― you just want to be careful of any potential health risks.

“I do think that many people think that CBD is benign and it’s safe — and it’s relatively safe compared to so many drugs out there. However, it still has bioactive effects,” Dr.Hurd said.

Just like anything else you put in or on your body, it’s best to err on the side of caution and know, to the best of your ability, exactly what the potential side effects are.
  • Aug 17, 2020
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