To start, this CBD news and research article are going to try to tackle some pretty scientific CBD concerns, however, it offers no medical advice. Please, if you are curious about the current medications you are on and potentially switching things up, talk to your doctor before you make any big changes or mix CBD with prescribed medications.
There. I warned you. Now, we can commence and I won’t feel bad if you go off your meds and something bad happens.
Something that has gained notoriety in recent years is the application of CBD. CBD is cannabidiol, which is a derivative of the cannabis plant much like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Do not confuse CBD with THC though, they are two very different things.
CBD does not get you high as THC does, nor does it offer hallucinogenic properties. It does have a lot to offer though.
One of the things I have noticed living in Los Angeles, is CBD is in everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. There are so many CBD products out there that you can get. You can go to a coffee shop and get it in your latte. You can buy a candy bar with CBD oil in it, even my veterinarian recommended me CBD treats to treat my dog.
You can buy an ii on with it in there. Heck, the medical marijuana people consume typically contains CBD as the active ingredient. You name it, they probably have a product that has it.
So, what exactly does it do?
CBD is one of the many naturally occurring compounds that exist within the cannabis plant that offers health benefits; to include pain relief, antidepressant capabilities, and mitigate the inability to sleep, as stated in the Huffington Post.
I guess you can maybe see why this would be such a big deal, as it is a potential all-natural solution to many problems that are currently being managed through manufactured medications.
Because this has so much potential, it is worth it to at least check it out and see what we can find. So, let’s answer some questions you may have.
Is It OK To Take CBD With Other Medications?
You may be asking yourself: how does hemp oil interact with other medications? What CBD drug interactions do I need to look out for? Does hemp oil interfere with blood pressure medication? Are there CBD oil drug interactions?
To be 100% honest with you, it appears the jury is still out.
One of the big things to keep in mind when it comes to hemp oil is that it is not regulated by the FDA. Technically, it is simply a dietary supplement, not a drug, according to an article in the health section of the Harvard website.
To understand the reasoning behind the FDA’s stance, I recommend checking out this link and looking for whatever questions you may have. It is pretty interesting.
What is nice about hemp oil being unregulated is it offers wide access for the public. However, as an herbal supplement, it does mean that there is no backing by a government organization as to whether what you are buying is what you are actually getting and what is the best for select CBD drops dosage.
This is where it gets interesting in terms of its interaction with other medications.
According to the Department of Health, CBD is known to interfere with Cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are the main enzymes in the liver that process other medications.
Meaning, depending on how much CBD you are taking, it could negatively impact the effectiveness of your drugs or make them overly effective. This leads us back to the issue that you don’t truly know how much CBD you are getting, because the FDA doesn’t regulate most CBD products.
How are you to know if you’re taking a small enough amount to avoid interference? You’re not.
My recommendation if you are considering using CBD with other medications is likely one you have never heard before, and that’s to talk to your doctor. Just like any medication, CBD can affect blood sugar levels and fat cells.
But it is the best way to ensure there are no negative hemp oil drug interactions, especially because there are potentially negative hemp oil interactions. You’ll need to determine your CBD metabolism as well.
Can I Take CBD With Antidepressants?
What did I just say? I’m just kidding. It is a valid question.
One of the things that the DOH website I referenced earlier pointed out specifically is the interference CBD can have with one of the Cytochrome P450 enzymes known as CYP2D6. It kind of seems like the next Android to come out on Star Wars, huh?
Well, it is an enzyme that is primarily responsible for the digestion of most antidepressant drugs on the market today.
So, it is pretty stinking risky to take CBD with antidepressants because of the potential effects of CBD as discussed earlier from these CBD interactions with other drugs.
This drug interaction is a large risk factor with a lot of different variables, but there is a potential option out there that could work for you.
You could ask your doctor if you could try CBD for a little while as an alternative to the medicine you already take. See if your doctor will agree to allow you to take a break from your regular medication to try taking CBD as an alternative.
If you’re like me and have a mild to at times a severe case of self-diagnosed depression, but you are stable enough to handle your situation getting worse, maybe you just go for it. From what I have read, it does not appear that CBD has genuinely bad interactions with existing depression. For me, I think I would like to try it out and see what CBD has to offer.
Obviously, though, I feel I can’t say this enough, but ask your doctor first if you are the slightest bit worried about using CBD.
What Drugs Interact With CBD Oil?
There are several different drugs that have been proven to have negative, positive, or neutral CBD interactions. Luckily, there have been several studies done to see how these drug interactions work.
For a frame of reference, I have attached a graphic from the slide show from the DOH that I have referenced twice before. It includes what drugs should not be taken with CBD, so you can be more secure in your decisions.
This graphic shows the biggest medications and drugs that are affected by CBD.
If you look closely, one is called Warfarin. Warfarin is a blood thinner, so as you take CBD your Warfarin levels are shown to increase creating further blood thinners.
One big question you might have is: does hemp oil interfere with blood pressure medication?
Minus the discussion of blood pressure medications, CBD/Cannabis can have adverse effects on blood pressure as active use can lead to increased blood pressure.
I think the best way, again, to check for any potential negative CBD oil interactions with your medications would be to check with your doctor.
If after reading this, you are still questioning what is the best next step for you; I have one answer for you.
Talk to your doctor, There’s a reason they are paid the big bucks, and that is because they know stuff. They can give you a much better glimpse into how CBD can affect you and then together you can go from there. It’s always nice to have someone there to talk to about stuff, like a best friend. Treat your doctor like a best friend and see if you can come up with a course of action.