More and more people are taking CBD oil and products as part of a daily supplementation routine. However, most people are still using CBD oil to aid recovery or relieve symptoms of pre-existing conditions or illnesses. This often means that people are consuming CBD oil, or are planning to take it alongside other medications. For the most part, this isn’t usually a problem. But, there are some other natural supplements, drugs, and over-the-counter medications that CBD can interfere with, or react with. It is, therefore, crucial to know how to identify them before proceeding with cannabidiol (CBD) based treatments and products. To help you in this article we cover the question: What drugs should not be taken with CBD?
Possible side effects from taking CBD oil include:
-this is the most commonly reported side effect, but it’s also the most easily managed, by simply ensuring that you stay well hydrated and drink water at the same time that you use any CBD product.
A Drop in Blood Pressure/ Light-headedness
-there have been some studies that have observed small drops in blood pressure when particularly high doses of CBD are taken. Most people will notice a drop in blood pressure by feeling a bit lightheaded. So, this is something to look out for, particularly if you are taking high doses of strong CBD oils.
Nausea or Sickness
-combatting nausea is one of the more frequent uses for CBD. However, some people do still report feeling sick when taking high doses of strong CBD oils or pastes. This is more commonly experienced by people who dive straight into high-strength CBD oils, instead of tapering up and finding a good balance.
Upset Stomach and Diarrhoea
– similarly to nausea, this is rare but can be experienced when taking CBD products for the first time, or when using high strengths and dosages. Both are commonly experienced when introducing anything new to your digestive system and subside quickly when your body normalizes the response to the CBD.
Drowsiness OR Restlessness
– CBD’s effect varies from one person to the next. For many, it is used frequently as a sleep aid, while others report feeling more alert and focused. This varying effect is often attributed to the way that CBD affects your body’s overall stability or homeostasis.
– again, this one is exceedingly rare as CBD oil is often taken to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches or migraines. However, a handful of people have reported experiencing headaches after taking higher doses of CBD.
So, if you are already taking medications or supplements that you experience any of these side effects with, it would be wise to consult with your doctor before proceeding with CBD-based products. We would also recommend that anyone using CBD products for the first time start with a low dose and gradually taper upwards. This will help you find a balance where you are getting all the wonderful benefits, without negative side effects.
You can find more information about CBD’s possible side effects by clicking here and reading our guide specifically for that.
2. What Drugs NOT to Take with CBD and WHY!
Now that you better understand the possible, but unlikely, side effects of CBD itself, we can talk about the impact that it may have on other drugs, supplements, and medications, and vice-versa.
Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, put together a non-exhaustive list of 57 medications that they found to be potentially dangerous when their concentration was altered by cannabinoids (CBD and THC) under laboratory conditions which can be found here. This is why you must always check with your doctor when taking CBD in tandem with other medications.
As a rule of thumb, just remember to think about The Grapefruit Test.
Sleeping Pills/ Opioids
As mentioned before, CBD taken in high doses can be used to aid sleeping or insomnia. Taking it in conjunction with sleeping pills or opioids might increase the overall felt effect of the drugs. However, more people are starting to turn to CBD as an alternative to prescription sleeping pills, as they can experience the same rewarding benefits with much fewer or no side effects at all.
One of the most used hypo-thyroid medications is levothyroxine and has the same effect as CBD in inhibiting the CYP enzymes in your liver. Again, this could cause even further and more serious interference with existing medications that you might be taking.
7. Speak with Your Doctor!
This list is by no means exhaustive. And if you aren’t sure if you can take CBD with your existing medication, always speak to your doctor. We know we probably sound like a broken record by now – we are sorry!
Not only does speaking with your doctor afford you the chance to make sure that you can take CBD safely, but it is also a great way to keep track of and discuss the therapeutic benefits that it can have as well. Many people find that they begin to experience huge benefits from taking CBD and that they can begin to transition away from traditional prescribed medications entirely.
For any further advice or guidance on CBD and CBG products as well as their benefits and uses, please check out our other blogs and guides. Or feel free to contact us with any questions or queries. We are always more than happy to help and thanks for taking the time to read this guide!