Whether you’re looking into CBD for stress, for pain, or for general well-being, it’s a good idea to do as much research as you can. The purpose of this brief article is to let you know what we’ve found about interactions with other medications.
The first thing to let you know is that if you’re on prescribed medications you should consult your physician or pharmacist regarding drug interactions. Doctors and pharmacists have access to up-to-date medication databases that provide in-depth analysis of how every drug interacts with every other drug.
That being said, we did find a very informative article from Harvard that linked us to a list of medications that the Penn State College of Medicine compiled regarding medications that should be monitored when taken along with cannabinoids.
The Harvard article cued us onto four specific meds that you should be careful of: the blood thinner Warfarin; the heart rhythm med amiodarone; a thyroid medication called levothyroxine; and several different anti-seizure medications.
In addition to those specific meds, we also found some articles recommending that you do not take CBD with antidepressants, antibiotics, and even ibuprofen. If you’re taking any of these medications on a regular basis, again, you should consult your doctor.
What are the Side-Effects?
Many of the drug interactions we researched were due to metabolization. What that means is CBD can affect how quickly or effectively your body processes the other medications you’re taking.
Slowed metabolism of a prescribed drug can have serious consequences. For instance, if you don’t process a heart rhythm medication properly, you could suffer from a serious and acute symptom.
What Can be Done to Mitigate Side-Effects?
In general, sublingual or inhaled supplements hit your system faster and more forcefully. That means that they could interfere with your other medications more easily. However, if your medication is a fat soluble medication, then eating CBD oil in a gummy may have a negative reaction.
That’s why we strongly suggest speaking with your doctor about your specific condition and specific medications.