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CBD and Drug Interactions

Can CBD Interact With My Medication?

Yes, cannabis may interact with other medications in both positive and negative ways. CBD is typically safe to use, but it does have some side effects. This is especially true when using a high CBD serving amount.

Cannabis has already been shown to interact with various foods and beverages such as mango and coffee. It is also worth noting that CBD may potentially interact with any medications.

If you take other medications, we will explain everything you need to know about safely using CBD.

How Does CBD Interact With Certain Medications?

The way your body metabolizes CBD can interfere with how your body will metabolize your other medications. If the medication you are taking is not metabolized properly, they stay in your body for a longer period of time, causing negative side effects and even complications. In particular, it can be a problem with blood thinners such as warfarin.

Taking warfarin with CBD might cause warfarin to stay in your system for too long. Because warfarin thins your blood and limits its ability to clot, anybody who uses a CBD product should closely monitor changes in warfarin blood levels and their diet. The advice of your healthcare professional should adjust them.

What is the Grapefruit Test?

The grapefruit test is an easy way to determine if CBD may interact with your medication. If your doctor recommends that you can't eat grapefruit with your medication, you should be careful to follow the same advice when it comes to using CBD. Do your research. Does CBD break down like grapefruit? Is it still safe to take CBD and eat grapefruit with medication? We recommend speaking with your medical professional.

Our body has a family of compounds called cytochrome P450. This cytochrome P450 interferes with the metabolism of certain drugs. CBD also interacts with the same compound.

Final Thoughts on CBD and Drug Interactions

The grapefruit test is an excellent technique to determine whether it is safe to combine CBD with any medication, especially if the person providing it is unfamiliar with CBD. However, we recommend you always consult with your doctor before using CBD. It is best to inform your doctor about any medications you intend to use, even if he does not typically prescribe them.

If your doctor is aware that you are using CBD, you may obtain more comprehensive advice on combining CBD with your medications or taking any medications while using CBD. If needed, your doctor may also decide to monitor your blood work closely or advise you to avoid taking CBD at the same time when you are taking your other medications. It is best to discuss with your doctor before taking any supplements or medications.

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of a consultation or replace the advice of your health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.