Although CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe, it can cause adverse reactions in some people, especially when combined with other medications, changing the way the body processes certain substances.
Some side effects that may be observed are increased or new medication side effects, such as drowsiness, sedation, and nausea; a decrease in medication effectiveness, such as breakthrough seizures; and common CBD side effects or changes in them, such as fatigue, diarrhea, changes in appetite and changes in weight.
Currently, according to research, CBD is considered safe and has few side effects, however, it is known that CBD has the potential to interact with some drugs depending on how the body metabolizes certain substances.
What are drug interactions?
When a drug or other substance is ingested, the body needs to metabolize it, but some drugs or substances slow or speed up the drug’s metabolism. This change in the rate of metabolism can alter the processing of drugs or supplements.
CBD oil interacts with a number of medications, including pain relievers, antidepressants, seizure medications, and diabetes medications. So before trying it, it’s crucial to talk to your doctor about all prescription medications, including vitamins and supplements.
Look for the grapefruit warning
Although they are still ongoing to determine potential interactions between CBD and specific medications, there’s one rule of thumb that can help consumers in the studies: Avoid CBD if your medications have a grapefruit warning on the label.
This warning indicates that people taking the medication should avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
According to the Food and Drug Administration Trusted Source, consuming grapefruit while on one of these medications can lead to a higher concentration of the medication in the bloodstream and adverse side effects or even an overdose.
Look for quality products
Cannabidiol has gained popularity for its potential to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain and a host of other health conditions so it is important to note that the market is currently saturated with CBD products, many of which are of low quality.
CBD is added to foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and body care products, and these items are often marketed as a way to improve stress, pain, and sleep problems.
Also, many products contain a mixture of ingredients, not just CBD. For example, dietary supplements that contain CBD plus a blend of herbal ingredients may not be safe for everyone, as many herbs have the potential to interact with commonly prescribed medications.
Before using a CBD product, speak with a healthcare professional to discuss the appropriate dosage and choose a product that has been third-party tested for quality and purity.
While some evidence suggests that CBD may be helpful for certain aspects of health, the dosage varies widely in research studies. It is difficult to determine which dose is most appropriate to address specific health needs.
Beware of CBD products that are marketed as cures or treatments for health problems. While CBD can benefit people with certain conditions, it depends on factors such as dosage, quality, and the presence of THC in the product.
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Always talk to your doctor
• They may be able to help determine a CBD product, dosage and schedule that’s safe with your medications.
• For some situations, your doctor may want to monitor blood plasma levels of certain medications you take.
• Don’t stop any of your medications to try CBD unless your doctor says it’s safe to do so.
• Keep in mind that topical CBD, like lotions, creams and salves may also be an option. Unlike oils, edibles, and vaping solutions, topicals don’t typically enter the bloodstream — as long as they’re not a transdermal solution intended to do so.
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