Are commonly prescribed antibiotics compatible with CBD?

Published May 16, 2019 01:32 p.m. ET
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CBD products are currently the most popular hemp product in the entire world. Now that growing hemp has become legal in much of the western world; there is also no shortage of supply for the millions who seek a cannabidiol based treatment over other more traditional pharmaceutical options. It comes with no age restrictions, minimal adverse effects, is non-psychoactive, and cannot be taken to the point of an overdose. This is great news amidst the current opioid crisis that plagues much of both Canada and the United States.

So what’s the problem you might ask? Since so many people are now getting relief from all-natural CBD products, the general population is letting its guard down and feeling much more comfortable than ever before with regular use of cannabidiol. Unfortunately, there are a few less apparent side effects that everyone should be aware of that aren’t advertised like other typical supplements. We are specifically referring to CBD products compatibility, or lack thereof when taken during a course of a common prescription of antibiotics. Most people do not know that CBD products can cause interference in this medication’s effectiveness. Now, not all prescriptions are negatively affected by the interaction with cannabidiol, but others can have potentially fatal consequences depending on the situation at hand.

What happens when CBD products are taken with antibiotics?

Many people now know that cannabidiol will interact with our bodies endocannabinoid system to trigger a host of different medicinal effects. What is rarely talked about is the human cytochrome system, which is a filter that is in the liver, and is responsible for the flow, regulation, and administration of up to 60% of all the drugs that enter the body. Inside this system, over 50 enzymes work and interact with those drugs, and any change in this system can lead to an overdose or under-dose of some medications, including many commonly prescribed antibiotics.

Why you might want to avoid taking CBD products with antibiotics

Antibiotics have saved thousands of lives since their introduction in the 20th century and are most commonly prescribed to treat the infection. Antibiotics kill off any potentially lethal bacteria, and are a necessary part of life, with the average Canadian taking 15 courses of them or more throughout their lives. When you introduce cannabidiol into the same system that regulates this life saving medication, it can take a while to recover and might act sporadically by either filtering out less or more of any given medication at a time. This makes it impossible for a physician to properly prescribe an effective dose and can lead to a continuation of symptoms and even death in cases where a severe infection remains unhindered.

Why you should consult a medical professional before taking CBD products while on any kind of medication

CBD products are not the only element that is able to interfere with medication efficacy, and antibiotics are not the only kind of prescription that might be adversely impacted if you are taking CBD at the same time. This goes for literally hundreds of different sorts of medicines. It might be in your own best interest to quit the CBD regimen for long enough to fight off other dangerous problems, and you never know, they might even give you the go ahead. Now that CBD products and oil are no longer illegal, there is no reason to avoid this conversation with your healthcare provider to avoid any potentially life-threatening consequences.

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